Just for a second, imagine that your fingers are made out of sand. You're sitting on the beach and you have the best view in the world. The sun is shining down on you, there's not a cloud in the sky--perfect weather! And then all of sudden it starts to rain. What happens? You know how when you squeeze mud into water, it turns into dirt? That's what happens when rain touches your sandy fingers. The rainwater washes away sand particles from under your fingertips just like erosion does to mountainsides. Now imagine this happening many times over until one day...you don't exist anymore!
What is Erosion?
"Erosion is a slow progression of the wearing away of land and can happen in a variety of ways. Erosion can be caused by natural events like wind, water or ice, as well as human-made activities such as farming and logging." Erosion can change landscapes and even cause deserts to form. Understanding what causes erosion can make it easier to protect your garden or landscape from this natural process.
The word "erosion" has become synonymous with a loss of power or authority. In the context of gardening, erosion is often used to describe how soil particles are washed away over time, which causes plants to gradually die because they do not receive enough nutrients from the soil.
Why does it matter to me?
What are the consequences of erosion?
Erosion is a natural progression, but it can be detrimental to the environment.
Erosion can lead to soil loss and habitat destruction. It also affects water quality by carrying sediment into streams and rivers, which may cause flooding or clog irrigation systems.
You don’t want erosion in your yard! But how do you prevent it? We have all the tips for you here on our blog! Check out these articles about what causes erosion, how to stop it from happening in your garden, and why prevention is important for everyone.