Do you have a mud problem on your lot? If you have bare soil on your land, the answer is yes. Much erosion goes unseen, even if you don’t see mud on your site. Few people realize the U.S. loses an estimated 4 billion tons of topsoil per year. While soil erosion can be messy, it also damages and reduces the amount of precious topsoil you have. Muddy areas and eroded areas are prone to compaction, which results in less air, water, and nutrients available for plant growth. Less plant growth means more erosion. Compaction also means rather than entering the soil, water runs over the surface (runoff), causing more erosion. Erosion also causes sedimentation (pollution) of waterways and hurts aquatic wildlife. As a result, forty percent of all U.S. waters are not fishable or swimmable.