Erosion Control, Compost & Native Plants
Erosion is a problem for many homeowners and businesses. Soil on hillsides and areas where vegetation has been removed are often problematic. If the soil washes away it can be unsightly and dangerous. There are many ways to hold back the soil, but few that employ organic compost and native plants to create a living retaining wall.
In this video Dave Epstein of Growing Wisdom and Dennis Collins from Mount Auburn Cemetery explore how Mt. Auburn is currently using burlap, compost and selected native plants to bring a hillside alive and stop the erosion.
Although this process was done on a large scale at Mt. Auburn, you can do the same thing at home with your own compost, some burlap and a few plugs of plants. You need to role the soil/compost into a tube of burlap and then secure it to the ground. Then slice a small opening in the burlap and place your plants in the opening. The smaller the plants the better chance you have that they will become established. You most likely will need to irrigate for 1-2 years but then the area should be self-sustaining.
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