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
Longevity: varies by product composition.
See manufacturer’s recommendations. Contact the
nursery for more information.
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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:
species may be available seasonally.