How do I keep the dirt from covering my sidewalk?

Directions for Cleaning a Sidewalk:

Before cleaning, sweep and then hose down your sidewalk. Also, wet all nearby plants, shrubs, and grass with water.

Pressure Washer Application

  1. Prep your pressure washer. Pour full-strength Simple Green Oxy Solve Concrete and Driveway Cleaner into your pressure washer detergent tank, or drop your siphon tube into the bottle of Simple Green Oxy Solve.
  2. Apply Simple Green. Use the low-pressure spray nozzle to apply the solution to the sidewalk, and let it sit for 5-7 minutes. Do not allow the solution to dry before rinsing – work in sections if necessary to achieve this.
  3. Rinse the sidewalk. Remove the siphon tube from the container, and rinse at a high-pressure setting.
  4. Rinse surrounding landscaping. When cleaning is done, use a garden hose to rinse plants, shrubs and grass and water-in any foam or puddles of cleaner and water.

Manual Application

  1. Prep your Simple Green solution. Mix 2 cups of Simple Green Oxy Solve Concrete and Driveway Cleaner with 1 gallon of water in a separate container.
  2. Scrub. Scrub the sidewalk in sections using a soft bristle brush or deck brush. Don't use a metal brush, as it could shed tiny fibers that could eventually leave rust spots.
  3. Soak. Let the Simple Green Oxy Solve solution sit on the surface for 5-7 minutes. Do not allow the solution to dry before rinsing or it will be harder to remove.
  4. Rinse. Rinse with a garden hose, at the highest possible pressure.
  5. Repeat. Move to a new section of the sidewalk and repeat.
  6. Rinse surrounding landscaping. As with pressure washing, when cleaning is done, use a garden hose to rinse plants, shrubs and grass and water-in any foam or puddles of cleaner and water.

Stop Erosion With Plants

The most effective erosion control using plants includes a mix of smaller ground covers and larger shrubby plants with roots growing down to different levels in the soil. Choose plants that grow in full sun, partial sun or shade, depending on the prevailing conditions on your slope, for example:

California wild lilac (Ceonothus spp.) grows as a groundcover or shrub in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 10, depending on the variety. These plants prefer full sun to partial shade, are tolerant of drought and produce masses of blue or deep-violet flowers.  Beardtongue (Penstemon spp.) is a perennial that grows from a few inches to a few feet tall in full or partial shade in USDA zones 3 through 10, depending on the variety. Choose these plants for their colorful flowers and drought tolerance.  Creeping rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’), USDA zones 8 through 10, grows up to 12 inches tall in full sun and spreads out in all directions. This evergreen shrub is drought tolerant and has attractive flowers and heavily scented, 2-inch-long, deep-green leaves. Bishop’s hat (Epimedium pubigerum), USDA zones 5 through 9, is a herbaceous perennial that grows up to 2 feet tall and wide and in spring produces loose bunches of delicate yellow blooms framed by lustrous, heart-shaped leaves. This plant, which is evergreen in the warmer zones of its range, prefers full to partial shade and is drought tolerant when mature. 


Lighter Mulch Will Wash Away Faster:

The weight of the mulch that you are using in your garden is very important. Keep in mind the topographic location of your garden before selecting the mulch type. 

Remember that if the planting beds are present on slopes then the lighter mulch will wash away much faster than the heavier mulch. 

Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not use mulches that are lighter in weight if you live in a rainy area. Lightweight mulches cannot sustain the speed of the water running through the garden during heavy rain. 

There are a variety of heavier mulch options available in the market. You can select according to the requirements of your garden. 

If you don’t want to remove the older mulch from your garden that’s ok. You can add the new mulch above the older mulch or even mix it within the soil to increase the organic matter within the soil.See a detailed article that I have written on how to do so.

Heavier mulch will retain the rainwater much better than lighter mulch. Below, we have compiled a list of heavier mulches available in the markets that you can use in your garden to stop mulch erosion:

Pebbles or Rocks:

The weight of the Pebbles and rocks makes them a great option for heavier mulches. 

They don’t easily decompose into the soil, making them a one-time investment for the gardens. With this heavy mulch, you can also decorate your garden. 

Pebble or rock mulch will protect your plants and as well as add vibrance to your garden.

Furthermore, pebbles and rocks will not store the water in them so there is no need to worry that plant roots will get extra water from mulch. 

Large Wood Chips:

Large wood chips are quite heavier than many other mulches and can work best to stop mulch erosion. 

These are good for your plants as well because they can absorb more water than any other mulch. 

The stored moisture in the wood chips will help the plant to meet the water requirements. Water stored in the wood chips will help to cool the soil on hotter days as well.

Using Wood as Fences:

One of the best options to keep mulch in place would be wood. There are a lot of different options and shapes. It just depends on what your preferences are. 

You can dig down your trench around shovels. You can dig down to the depths you want but make sure there is at least a little bit of an edge still sticking up, at least half an inch to an inch. 

This option just takes a little bit longer to install than others. Wood is great for straight lines but if you have slow turns in your garden then this is not the material probably for you to use. 

Retaining Walls and Step Terracing

Retaining walls and step terracing both hold back soil on sloping lots, but they can be tricky for homeowners to tackle because a building permit may be required and precise engineering is necessary to do the job correctly. Even a relatively small 4- by 15-foot wall may support up to 20 tons of wet soil. Step terracing refers to more than one retaining wall on the same slope, which means that you erect two or more smaller walls rather than one taller wall. Call a structural engineer or landscape architect for guidance if you want to build a wall taller than 4 feet or taller than 3 feet for a stone wall without mortar.

Help for Slopes

The bed of the garden depending on the slope. You will ensure the slopes of the garden so that the rainwater will not saturate the garden and form water logs. Therefore it is necessary to ensure the slope of the mulch so that the soil could affect the ability to absorb the remains of water.