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Ensuring the tidiness of your landscaping is something you might be looking forward to this spring. However, it can become challenging due to occasional spring rains and snow melting from your roof and gutters. In addition to the muddy mess, water from these sources could wash away the topsoil, which contains beneficial microorganisms and nutrients necessary for plant growth.

Fortunately, soil erosion can be minimized in numerous ways. ABC Seamless Siding, the trusted exterior home improvement contractor that installs siding and gutters, explains three of them below.

1. Keep the Soil on the Slope Stable

Stabilizing the soil on the slopes of your yard, lawn, or garden can be controlled using different control methods. Installing structures made of stone like baffles or ripraps is one example. These are obstruction devices that slow down or divert water from precipitation from flowing directly downhill.

2. Add Plants and Turf Grass

Plants are also a great way to keep the topsoil intact and mitigate erosion in your landscaping. When they are established, the roots help anchor the soil and prevent the soil from getting washed away down the slope. Consider planting wildflowers or other perennial native plants; they often can adapt better when placed on slopes. Examples include ivy, juniper, ajuga, vinca, and barberry. Turfgrass also works well, but compost must be added to promote a healthy stand of such.

3. Improve Your Gutters

Your landscaping can get messy if your home’s draining system isn’t working properly. Clogged gutters cause rainwater and snowmelt to overflow and damage the soil on your yard, lawn, or garden, which then leads to its erosion. If you haven’t, now is the time to check your gutters for leaks and clogs. Consider replacing your gutter system if it is already showing signs of irreparable damage.

ABC Seamless Siding is fully committed to protecting your home. Aside from steel gutters, we also install Gutter Helmet®, the gutter protection system America has trusted for more than three decades. Learn more about this amazing product by calling (866) 405-8248 or filling out our contact form. We serve homeowners in Anchorage, Alaska, and the surrounding communities.

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