Common Erosion Problems

Erosion is a common problem that is often not identified correctly by homeowners. For example, if a homeowner sees that their grass is dying or that there is more soil showing than normal, it can commonly be thought that this could have been caused by a grass fungus or something similar. We cringe seeing homeowners dealing with these issues by trying to replace their sod to fix the problem when there are erosion factors on the table.


One reason for erosion could be that there are storm water issues in the yard. There are several ways to manage storm water issues—a few of which can be found on our “Drainage” page. Click HERE to read information on managing storm water.

Erosion is a problem that Phillips Home Services addresses in the design of a luxury space before the project gets going. There are a couple of things we can do to divert water and help it flow in a different direction that are both beautiful and effective: creating a dry creek bed or roll berm.

Roll Berm:

In essence, a berm is simply a mound of soil. A berm is a level space, shelf, or raised barrier (usually made of compacted soil) separating two areas. We use berms in landscaping to highlight different parts of the yard aesthetically and/or redirect footpath traffic, but a significant factor in how they help us is by decreasing erosion. A berm should be designed with different thoughts in mind, including: the way the yard should flow and the slope of the area.

Dry Creek Bed:

A Dry Creek bed (also known as a dry stream bed) is a trench or gully typically lined with stones that aids in erosion. Although they help with erosion, we find that some homeowners just simply love the way they look as a feature in their yard. There is no end to creativity with features like a dry creek bed because you can choose different color stones, and path shapes to enhance the features of your yard.