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Question: i saw on hgtv a twine type of landscape fiber. they were using it on a hillside. any ideas what its actually called and where to purchase it?

Answer: A popular method for slope erosion control in the landscape business is the use of jute netting. Jute netting comes in rolls, and is spread over the slope and staked in place after seeding has been accomplished. Jute netting can be applied before ground covers are planted by cutting through the netting to accommodate each plant. As with all netting and erosion control blankets, the netting must be kept in close and continuous contact with the soil surface so as not to be undermined by surface water and thereby fail. A jute netting application will cost approximately twenty to twenty-five cents a square foot installed.

Netting blankets filled with excelsior are used like jute netting and represent approximately the same in place cost. These netting and blankets are designed for the more difficult soil situations and high,intense rainfall and irrigation conditions. American Excelsior and PPS Packaging Co. are two manufacturers of this type of product.

Jute netting is typically only available to landscaping professionals but you may be able to purchase it directly from a landscaping business in your area.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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