Spring Is Coming! What Homeowners Should Know About Soil Stabilization

Erosion is a common problem faced by many homeowners, especially during the spring. As temperatures rise, accumulated snow and ice can begin thawing and forming rivulets of water that seek out low areas. This action, along with the abundant spring rains that many areas experience can cause lawns and gardens to be damaged by erosion.

Homeowners who are concerned about existing or future erosion issues can use this information to understand the importance of soil stabilization to protect their home and property. 

The potential damage caused by erosion

Erosion of the soil around the home can have long-term effects on its value and condition, as well as that of the entire site. When soil is eroded away from the foundation of the home, water is allowed to make contact with the surface, causing it to begin deteriorating. 

If the problem is not remedied quickly, foundation deterioration from erosion can cause moisture and leaking issues that affect the interior of the home or even weaken the foundation. 

Erosion in other areas of the lawn must also be taken seriously. In addition to the potential damage done to landscaping, uncontrolled erosion can continue to worsen and wash away grass and topsoil, as well as become a problem for neighboring homeowners. 

The use of soil stabilization 

Soil stabilization can come in many forms. For instance, slight erosion may be preventable by simply cultivating a healthy, lush lawn capable of absorbing rainwater and snowmelt without experiencing damage. In more persistent cases of erosion, soil stabilizing fabrics, protective mulch, or even hardscaping can be options for reducing erosion damage and helping eliminate the loss of valuable soil. 

Homeowners should also explore the use of soil stabilizers that promote soil drying action to help fight erosion and hold topsoil in place. Soil drying solutions may contain additives such as lime, in either quicklime or hydrated lime versions, to speed the drying process. 

Other soil stabilizer compounds may also include ingredients designed to improve the tensile strength and weight-bearing capabilities of the soil. Commonly used ingredients may include one or more of the following: 

  • polymers and biopolymers
  • resins, such as those from pine or other trees
  • fiber reinforcement materials 
  • calcium or magnesium chloride 
  • enzymes and surfactants

To learn more about soil stabilizers and the benefits they can offer, homeowners should contact a home and garden supply store in their area and ask about soil stabilizers and soil drying solutions for residential use.