Roll erosion control blankets made from jute, coconut fiber, straw, or other natural materials onto exposed soil to protect it from surface runoff during rains. You can use this material on slopes or wherever runoff poses a risk of erosion. It lasts a couple of years, decomposing into soil-improving organic matter. By that time, your plantings should be well-established.
Installation is simple. Grade the area; dig a shallow trench at the top of the slope; bury the ends of the material in the trench; and unroll the fabric down the slope, overlapping sections for good coverage. Metal soil staples (the same ones used to hold drip irrigation tubing in place) fasten the fabric to the soil.
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