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The Pros And Cons Of A Straw Erosion Control Blanket

If you have a slope in your backyard or elsewhere on your property, you know that rain can slowly erode the slope over time. This can cause water to puddle in your yard, or worse, flow towards your home. Planting grass or other plants on the slope can help control some of this erosion. The root systems help to stabilize the slope, while the plants and roots also absorb some of the water. However, it can be challenging to plant grass on a slope that has experienced erosion. The seeds may slide down the hill as you water them. This is where an erosion control blanket can come in handy. The blanket holds the seeds in place. Blankets can be made of many different materials, including straw, coir, jute, and coconut. If you are considering one of the blankets, learn about the pros and cons of different materials to help you find the type ideal for your situation. Here are a couple of the pros and cons for straw erosion control blankets.

Cons of Straw Erosion Control Blankets

Straw Can Rot

One of the biggest downsides to using a straw erosion control blanket is that straw can rot if water puddles and pools on it. This means your hill or slope needs to be graded in order to use straw. If there is not a stable slope, and water puddles or pools in areas on the hill, parts of your straw blanket can rot away, leaving that area without any protection. This can cause your grass to grow in patchy and won't offer the stability you are after.

Straw Cannot Be Used in Extreme Weather Conditions

The other disadvantage is that straw is a light-weight material. This means that heavy amounts of rain can wash the straw blanket away and strong wind gusts can blow it. Using stakes can help hold the blanket in place better, but there are still limitations. If you are trying to use the blanket in a place with sudden heavy rains or strong wind gusts, this may not be the right type of erosion control blanket for your slope.

Pros of Straw Erosion Control Blankets

The Price

The biggest advantage to a straw erosion control blanket is the price. Straw is one of the cheapest materials out there for erosion control. If you are on a tight budget or want to minimize the amount you spend to solve your erosion issues, this may be a great option for you.

Straw Doesn't Have to Be Removed

The other major benefit to a straw erosion control blanket is that the blanket does not need to be removed. You lay it down and eventually the straw will rot away into the ground and grass. Some types of blankets have to be removed. This is just another step that can take time. Not having to remove the straw erosion control blanket minimizes the amount of work you need to do for erosion control.

For more information, talk to a professional like Specialty Construction Supply.