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3 Simple Ways to Protect Your Property From Landslides

by Cindy O'Hare Owens 09/04/2022

While landslides vary in size and severity, avoiding them is an important part of protecting your property. Even if you don't live in a landslide-prone area, there are steps you can take to prevent one from happening in your own backyard. Here are three main ways to prevent landslides:

Plant Trees & Shrubs to Strengthen the Ground

The primary cause of landslides is soil erosion. Luckily, you can prevent erosion and beautify your property at the same time by planting trees and shrubs on any slopes. While it won't work overnight, gradually the roots from trees and shrubs will expand to secure the ground underneath. Try planting small trees, ground cover plants and tall grasses to maintain the integrity of the slope.

Place Sprinklers & Drainage Carefully

Water flow is another major cause of landslides. When combined with soil erosion, an excess of water can make any slope unstable. To avoid this, keep any irrigation system and sprinklers a safe distance from the slope. Excess water should drain at the very bottom of the incline to prevent erosion. If you need help, a landscaping professional can advise you of the safest places to install irrigation and drainage to avoid landslides.

Keep Your Slopes Clear of Debris

If your property is on the edge of a hill, avoid letting debris accumulate at the top. This could include natural debris like rocks, dead or fallen trees and rocks. It also includes any junk or scrap items you might be tempted to store on the hill out of the way. Any of this loose material can be a potential hazard to your property and increase your risk of a landslide. You may need heavy equipment to remove material like large rocks and fallen trees, so it's a good idea to consult a contractor if you need help clearing the property.

Keep these tips in mind to help protect your property against landslide damage. The more familiar you are with the details of the land, the better prepared you'll be to address any issues that arise.

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