The sturdy root systems of trees and shrubs are essential in protecting the soil from erosion caused by both Mother Nature and man-made interventions. These roots lessen erosive forces and enhance fertility to our earth’s surface. Unfortunately, clearing vegetation for human activities may cause a disastrous acceleration of erosion rates, damaging our fragile ecosystem.
We’ve come up with countless creative solutions to fight the destruction caused by erosion over time. Terraces, a dividing line of land that protects against water and wind erosion; french drains, trenches used for diverting both surface and subsurface water away from a certain area; retaining walls built out of wood, sandbags, or tires to secure soil in place; planting vegetation on steep slopes at risk of landslides as well as riprap (a layer consisting of large stones) all contribute towards stopping erosive forces.
One of the most unusual and creative methods used for soil erosion control is tires. End-of-life tires pose a significant environmental pollutant. However, they have the potential to serve a variety of purposes, such as creating tire planters or even retaining walls! This low-cost solution is a great way to reduce labor and materials associated with erosion control. For your convenience, here are four simple steps for building a perfect tire wall:
- To create an effective water runoff barrier, you must secure enough tires to fill a bank or slope. If you need more than your supplies, you could always contact nearby auto mechanics and tire recycling plants with additional items for these works.
- To guarantee that your tire wall is durable and enduring, begin excavating the slope to establish a base for your starting row of tires. Pay close attention to how each tire sits on the ground. You want them all firmly rooted rather than sitting atop an incline. A strong foundation will provide the perfect launching pad for creating a reliable and safe wall.
- Once you’ve filled and leveled the top of each tire, use a sledgehammer to compact the soil firmly. It will help ensure your erosion-stopping wall stands strong for years to come! Moreover, remember that filling tires with soil allows you to introduce vibrant colors like grasses, flowers, or other foliage, enhancing its structural integrity and making it aesthetically pleasing.
- Assemble your wall by constructing a neat pattern with the tires, similar to how you stack bricks. Eliminate any gaps between each foundation tire for added security and stability. As you progress higher up with additional layers of tires, alter their positioning from the tier below them to promote durability. It is important to remember that vertical walls are more susceptible to collapse than those built at an incline angle.
Erosion is a natural phenomenon that can sometimes occur quickly or in locations where it may threaten infrastructure. Luckily there are many ways to secure slopes and protect your property from the destructive forces of nature. One of these techniques involves using recycled tires for soil erosion control, which helps preserve materials and keeps land safe. With just a bit of creativity, you can create an attractive yet resilient wall to ensure your terrain stays out of harm’s way.