EROSION PREVENTION

( FIELD & STREAM)

USING THE BRUSH-MONSTER

Office:   828.484.9713  --  Cell:   828.712.6416  

E-mail:  sgt179@yahoo.com -- Bill Sargent

There is an old country saying that states when it rains, it pours...  SGT Structural Repairs is located in Western North Carolina, an area that receives high wind and tremendous downpours, which cause flash floods, that’s why the land around here is prone to soil erosion.  While there’s nothing we can do about the weather, the good news is that there are plenty of effective erosion control methods to manage its effects.

Let’s take a look at how water flows.  Just like electricity, it seeks the path of least resistance.  Due to gravity, that also happens to be the low spot on any piece of ground.  As hills and slopes run downward, rain will follow its contours until it reaches a level surface.  Also, keep in mind that every natural surface has its own high and low spots, even ones that look perfectly smooth.  Water finds those depressed areas, making them larger.  Over time, a pleasant hillside can become an ugly, gutted eyesore.

 

However, the potential damage of erosion isn’t just cosmetic.  Rainwater rushing down slopes can destroy topsoil, as well as pour fertilizers, toxic minerals, and other pollutants into streams and rivers.  There, it can kill fish, sicken humans, and spread poisons to distant areas.

 

To stop your land from suffering from erosion, you must find a way to redirect the flow of water.  This can be done in several ways:

 

1. Mulch spread across a large sloped area can break a raging torrent into millions of tiny mini-streams, each going its own way.  This will prevent ditches from forming and preserve natural beauty.  Also, mulching materials come in a huge variety of forms.  Pine bark, cedar shavings, gravel, pebbles, and products made from recycled tires are all popular options.  However, for long-term slope erosion control methods,SGT Structural Repairs will provide an inspection of your property and provide you with some options to remedy the situation and together deceide your best choices.

SGT Structural Repairs can assist with this kind of erosion control project by delivering the mulch to your site.  We work closely with numerous companies, together we can bring you the needed materials and labor, saving you time, energy and money.

 

2. Recontouring land is another option.  Instead of water rushing in a straight path down an uneven surface, it can be directed to flow at angles, and even be routed towards crops or gardens.  SGT Structural Repairs has the equipment and the know-how to shape your property in this way. 

 

3. Certain plants are highly effective at deterring rain flow.  Their roots dig into the slope or hillside, giving it added strength, and their stems and leaves scatter the water.  SGT Structural Repairs can help with this kind of project, by delivering the necessary plants or by grading the land so that scattered seeds will find spots to settle in and take root.

 

4. Drainage ditches, underwater grates, and buried pipes are other ways to protect your property from erosion.  They work by guiding the water toward a central channel, where it flows until it enters a river, stream, or piece of land with vegetation, gravel, or other ground covering.  Here at SGT Structural Repairs, we have extensive experience with this form of erosion control and can handle every phase of the project for you.  This is an excellent option for larger areas that are prone to heavy flooding.

Don’t let erosion destroy your land’s appearance or cause environmental problems.  Give us a call.  We’ll be happy to visit your site and perform an on-the-spot evaluation.  We’ll tell you which erosion control methods will work best for your situation and provide you with a no-cost, no-hassle quote.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

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AFTER Cutting Down numerous small trees, dense brush and lots of overgrowth. Now We Can Walk Down To The Stream. SGT Structural Repairs.

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This is the BEFORE picture of this site. Compared To The After you'd never know this was the same place. Thanks to SGT Structural Repairs.

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Bill Sargent using this Brushmonster to clear the way cutting the overhead branches from the trees.

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AFTER Cutting Down numerous small trees, dense brush and lots of overgrowth. Now We Can Walk Down To The Stream. SGT Structural Repairs.

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Thanks to the "Brush-Monster" we can walk down to the stream!