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Erosion control blankets

Erosion control blankets provide significant surface area coverage

for stabilizing slopes, streambanks, and wetland edges. Used in

conjunction with seeding, they protect large seeded areas from

herbivores and help maintain hydration levels for young plant growth

and seed germination. Seeded plants grow through the blanket’s

weave and become established before the blanket decomposes.

Blankets can be used on their own or with other bioengineering tools

such as live stakes and fascines.



Available product composition: straw, straw and coconut coir,

coconut coir, and wood fiber with natural and poly netting.


Measurements: typically 8-feet wide; length varies

by material.


Longevity: varies by product composition.



See manufacturer’s recommendations. Contact the

nursery for more information.


> Contact the nursery

regarding use with plant materials.

Live stakes, fascines, and brush layers

Specific tree and shrub species that root well from cuttings in water

or moist soil conditions are available as live stakes, fascines, or brush

layers. They are used as part of a strategy to stabilize streambanks

and create natural shorelines.

Live stakes are dormant woody cuttings with the branches removed.

They can be used alone or to secure other bioengineering materials

such as erosion control blankets or root carpets. Live stakes are easier

to install than bare-root trees and shrubs, because they require a 2-inch

pilot hole, compared to an 18-inch hole for a tree or shrub.

Fascines (also called wattles) are living branches bundled together to

trap sediment and protect against erosion. They are laid horizontally

along streambank contours to impede water flow before it reaches the

new streambank. Fascines can also be used above the water line to

slow down water flow and help prevent erosion.

Brush layers are living branches placed on a terrace along

streambank contours, between layers of soil. They are typically

used in conjunction with encapsulated soil lifts, which are layers

of soil wrapped in erosion control blankets, to completely rebuild a

streambank or slope. All these materials should be used along with

seed and plugs to establish vegetation on a site.

We provide live stakes, fascines, and brush layering in these species:


(Cephalanthus occidentalis)

, Ninebark



, Willow


species, Dogwood




(Sambucus canadensis)

, and


species. Other

species may be available seasonally.

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