Erosion Repair Fail

So a few days ago, I posted about my own version of erosion repair.  It did not work.  What happened, more intense rain. We got about 1.75 inches total with most of that in about two 45 minute heavy down pours.  It seems that tornados that ran through the NY area, 2 confirmed touchdowns, and the heavy rain that goes with it were two much for the small rocks I used.  Fortunately, most of the rocks just washed down to useful positions, so it wasn’t a total loss.  Still, that was $50 and a lot of my time.

I forget, sometimes, the power of water. Water is strong.  It caries a lot of force.  When it’s rolling downhill, those little half inch to inch stones do not stand a change.  As it stands today, now 48 hours after the ran, the water is still running across my grass and over my driveway, and down to the spot that is eroding.  The ground is that saturated.

Last month we saw an inch more than our normal 4.5 inches of rain. August saw more than an inch and a half more than normal. July was nearly 2 inches above normal. That’s an extra months rain in 3 months. The ground is going to be soggy.  In the years we have been living here, this has never happened like this.

So, what am I going to do.  Well, giving up is not in my character.  I am going to try sand bags and bigger stones.  There is no other way to do it.  I will be robbing some stone from my woods.  Remember, my land was farmed for a long time before it was sold for housing.  Those stones were left where they were by the farmer, not nature.  Anyway, I will transfer some of them.  I will also buy some more, if I can find them, of golf ball to baseball sized stone. I figure the rain will not be able to push them around.

It’s still going to be a few months before the ground will freeze, so I do need to address this sooner rather than later.  In the upper erosion place, the top soil is completely washed away. It’s just the subsoil which is a good hard clay.  That is the going point.  My neighbor’s top soil is on my grass, mostly, and piled up about 1 cubic foot on my driveway.  I scraped that off, and will be putting it in other places that need it.  Reuse, reuse, reuse.

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