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Trey Greyjoy 08-09-2006 03:17 PM

Ravine and soil erosion
Hello all,
Im looking for some information on how to best control soil erosion along a ravine.

My land slopes down to the ravine and there are several areas that water runs off into the ravine, down to a stream during rains.

There are a couple of areas of bare earth along the walls of the ravine that trouble me some, particularly because they are about 25' from a small barn we have.

Im thinking of trying to get some vegetation to grown along the sides, perhaps some sort of ivy? Id be interested in any links to any sites or groups that may have experience with this sort of situation.


inspectorD 08-09-2006 08:27 PM

Lots and lots of large stones. We call it rip rap.
Look under the next bridge you go by under the river.
This is the only way to slow down flood prone areas. Vegitation washs away after a while.:eek:

Trey Greyjoy 09-20-2006 08:35 AM

Thanks. Ive looked up the use of riprap and I think in some areas this may work. The amount I would need is quite large, would I call a landscaping company for something like this?
Insofar as the vegetation was concerned, I was thinking about English Ivy. Is there any detriment to trying to plant some of this? There are a couple of very steep areas, and the overall area Im talking about is quite large, and ivy is cheap!

bethany14 09-20-2006 10:42 AM

Maybe a rip-rap/plant life combo would be the best solution? I am envisioning Mountain Laurel along your ravine :D

English Ivy is considered an invasive species...what makes it such a trouble free hearty grower is that it chokes everything it comes across and sucks the life out of it. It's brought down many a tree in my neck of the woods. It escapes the pretty home it is meant to decorate and "invades" :eek:

If you can find "native" plants to use you will have minimal upkeep and maximum benefits for plant life, animal life, ravine life, and your barn's life :)

Here are two sites to help you find some plants:

And one to help you know which plants to avoid:

Good Luck, and let us know what you do!

Trey Greyjoy 03-10-2008 12:31 PM

Just a quick update: we have not actually started working on this yet. I think we have decided to attempt to tier the hill.

Thanks for the confirmation on the English Ivy, I suspected as much.

boobou69 05-12-2008 09:37 PM

Tiers work well, but not alone....if you want a plant with an awsome root structure use Sorbaria sorbifolia, grows quite large and roots very sturdy to avoid erosion....also you can try willows(the trees)......

good luck


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