Every rain inches of soil wash away, never to be seen again. Follow this soil down streams of run-off, down creeks into rivers, eventually into disappearing ponds. Lake Lanier in Martinsville VA, like hundreds of ponds across Virginia pay more than $150,000 to be dredged. This is a massive budget for a private pond.
Working with pond management companies, they have no incentive to use holistic management practices because managing watershed erosion in their tiny minds seems to reduce income. Nothing is further than the truth — in fact, when you know the secrets of erosion control you build in income streams that every client will be ecstatic.
As a pond owner, imaging these benefits …
- Healthier fish. Because erosion control reduces nitrogen levels, can improve pond oxygen levels, and clears up water — fish naturally get bigger.
- Diversity of edge plants. Seeds get a chance to grow, building soil around waters edge which encourages good wildlife.
Pond management is covered elsewhere. The point is that erosion miles away from that pond impact the health of that pond. But for the homeowner, handling erosion improves property values, maintains landscaping with fewer resources, and protects their home. In Martinsville VA, like many towns across America (and around the world) erosion is ramped to the point of foundation cracks.
It is estimated 75 billion tonnes of topsoil are eroded every year, this equates to 80% of the worlds agricultural soils are impacted by erosion. What will surprise most people is that may erosion problems can be remediated in an afternoon for the average urban property using basic tools.
A Landscaper who learns erosion control can even create more space to maintain, plus delight their client to no end. But more grass isn't the objective of proper erosion management. At Prosperity Homestead, erosion management because grow beds, walking paths, and part of the functional landscape.
In our practical hands on erosion control classes you'll learn earthworks skills, materials management, space planning, how to read watershed, and much more. Classes run from full day to half day with supplemental marketing sessions to help you start adding this powerful service to your book of business.
One visitor to the homestead commented on the trench berm covered vegetables saying, “What a beautiful vegetable bed.” Not even realizing this area was washed out several times before, fully restored into a functional bed that even produces mushrooms.
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Justin Hitt is a Permaculture Design Consultant with more than two decades of experience with organic gardening. He teaches the practical application of critical thinking, entrepreneurial ecology, and homestead management. Practical insights for practitioners, estate owners, and homesteaders.