Permanent Flood, Debris, and Erosion Efforts Using Jute and Landscape Design

The previous article dealt with temporary ways to avoid flood damage. You are responsible for maintaining your yard and slope areas. Every effort should be made to restore a damaged hillside and stabilize the property in order to prevent ongoing damage in the event of flooding or other disasters. Look for help regarding lasting solutions.


Recurring problems need more permanent protection. Landscape design professionals and local nurseries can be consulted for long-term debris and erosion control using retaining structures that are effective as well as attractive. Through planting techniques, proper grading, swales, and stone, brick, or wooden barriers – often reinforced with burlap or plastic sheeting – flood waters can be controlled and diverted. Professional architects know to avoid disrupting the water flow patterns established when your property was originally developed.

Protecting large sloped areas from water, wind, and erosion by planting or re-planting after storms prevents or minimizes damage from erosion. Areas that already have sufficient planting only need minor repair and maintenance. Plants that are hardy and have a good root structure are the best choice and include grasses or other ground cover, evergreen shrubs, and trees.

Plant growth takes time to stabilize the soil and can be helped along using a heavy woven jute matting rolled over the slope face and staked to the ground. When properly installed, it will not blow or wash away or inhibit plant growth. It does not need to be removed because it is organic and slowly decomposes while being replaced by grasses and plants.

 Five recommendations to prevent slope failure in heavy rains:

  1. Make sure all drainage is directed to the street or another water path, such as drainage ditches, ground gutters, , or yard and surrounding area drains. Remove any dirt and debris that collects after storms.
  2. Some drainage features are community property and shared by neighbors. Work with your community to make it safe for everyone.
  3. Roof gutters and downspouts are often damaged or clogged with debris like leaves and twigs. Inspect and clean them to ensure that they are clear. Direct water from downspouts to avoid soil by using drain tiles or pipe socks and driveways or walkways to divert runoff to the nearest drainage path. Periodically check your roof for leaks or damage.
  4. Both concrete and natural swales around the perimeter of a structure are designed to direct water away from it. Make sure that these are maintained in good condition.
  5. Inspect your retaining walls over time for any listing, leaning, overturning, or cracking. Contact a landscape architect or engineer to correct problems.

Don’t let water run unchecked; assess slopes for loose soil, rocks, and debris before and after storms. During heavy rains and storms, inspect the slope for erosion to find any problems that need correcting.blog3-2

These solutions can permanently improve flooding concerns including injury and property damage should you live in a high-risk area. Using indigenous plants and plant fiber matting is a natural way to preserve your environment’s unique integrity.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 11:11 am and is filed under Flood Protection, gardening, Jute, Prevention Tips.

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