Jute Matting Effectively Controls Soil Erosion

Jute Matting Effectively Controls Soil Erosion

When you need an effective fabric to help you control erosion on your property, you need to consider the attributes of the jute matting. This matting is woven from jute, which is an all-natural fiber that is biodegradable. It can be used as a ground-cover net or cloth to reduce soil erosion for both commercial and residential locations without harming the environment. On top of all this, it is easy to install.

Erosion Causes Loss of Topsoil

Soil erosion causes an area to lose its nutrient-rich topsoil and is caused by such things as windy weather, rain runoff and snowmelt. If you ignore the signs of erosion in areas of high risk, it can lead to the soil shifting in an undesirable fashion with the worst case scenario being landslides. Landslides can damage roads, businesses and homes. The ideal way to prevent or remedy erosion is to vigorously grow a ground cover or grass in the area. However, encouraging seedlings and plants to develop strong roots can be tricky, if not impossible, when the area that is at risk of erosion is on a slope. Using jute mats to cover seeded or mulched landscapes helps reduce and even eliminate erosion by holding topsoil, seeds and plants firmly in place to help germination and growth to happen effectively. Since this matting is made from jute, it slowly breaks down to help enrich the soil and improve the growth rate of young seedlings and other plantings.

While jute is highly efficient on small, steep hills, it also can be used in flat areas in place of mulch to enhance germination and reduce dust. To receive the full benefit of this material, simply overlap the matting vertically up and down your slope and never horizontally around the hill.

Locations Where Jute Matting Is Helpful

Jute matting can be installed in areas that erosion is quite common, such as near roads, bridges, homes or on steep, undeveloped plots of land. Mats of jute are also suitable alternatives for wood and straw mulches on land that is flat as we mentioned earlier. Do not use it alone to control erosion when the risk of rain runoff or snowmelt is high. Jute matting may not be effective in the following settings:

  • Areas to keep dirt down blowing around
  • Fire-burned steep slopes
  • Steep rocky slopes
  • Steep sandy slopes


Installation Process for Jute Matting

  • Your first step is to remove any impediments from the slope, including large branches, rocks and other elements that may hinder your ability to cultivate plantings. Once you seed or plant the area, you should cover it with a layer of organic mulch.

  • Create a trench at the top of the seeded or planted area that is at minimum six-inches wide and eight-inches deep.

  • Unroll the jute mats down the slope from the above trench. To secure each mat, be certain to fold about three feet of the top end into the trench and fill the trench with soil.

  • If more than one row of matting is necessary, overlap the sides at least four inches for each subsequent row on the previous one and continue with the process above.

  • After you install the matting over the entire area, tamp down the soil that you backfill the trench with until it is completely level with the rest of the surface area.

  • Fasten down the jute matting by placing anchor staples or pins every 12 inches across that top and bottom of it and down the overlapping sides. Also, secure the horizontal overlaps and sides every five feet. Note that the anchor staples or pins need to be at least six inches in length to perform their task sufficiently on regular and clay soils. Longer staples and pins are necessary for sandy soils. Use a mallet on the staples or pins to drive either into the ground securely.

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