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5 Primary Uses for Erosion Control Blankets

Updated: May 1, 2023

An erosion control blanket (ECB) is a type of plastic or biodegradable fabric used to protect soil from wind and water erosion. It is typically used to protect slopes and embankments, and can help to reduce runoff and help promote the growth of vegetation. It is often used in conjunction with other measures such as silt fences and riprap to provide a comprehensive erosion control solution. Often referred to as an Rolled Erosion Control Product - RECPs.

Erosion Control Blanket

1. Slope Stabilization & Soil Erosion Control

Laying erosion control blankets

ECB's can be used to protect slopes from soil erosion and sediment runoff. They create a layer of vegetation that can help bind soil particles together, reducing the risk of landslides and other types of soil erosion.

ECBs are typically laid over the top of slopes or hillsides, and then covered with topsoil and vegetation. This helps to reduce runoff and stabilize the soil, thus preventing erosion. Additionally, ECBs help to absorb the impact of rain and wind, which further prevents erosion and helps maintain the integrity of the soil. ECBs are an effective way to protect slopes and other vulnerable areas from soil erosion and provide long-term stability to the area.

2. Streambank Stabilization

Erosion control blankets can also be used to help stabilize streambanks and reduce sediment runoff into waterways.

Streambank stabilization with an Erosion Control Blanket

Since the blankets create a layer of vegetation the blanket helps bind soil particles together and reduce erosion caused by flowing water. This is number 2 of 5 primary uses for Erosion Control Blankets.

3. Plant Establishment

Erosion control blankets can help promote the establishment of new plants in areas that are difficult to reach. The blankets can protect newly planted seedlings from erosion, wind, and other environmental factors.

using erosion control blanket for plant establishment

4. Landscape Design

ECB's can also be used to enhance the look of a landscape. The blankets can be used to create paths and walkways, as well as mounds and berms, and they can help create a more attractive and inviting outdoor space.

5. Wildlife Habitat

Biodegradable Blankets can provide a great habitat for small animals and birds. The vegetation layer provides food and shelter for wildlife, and the blankets can help reduce the risk of soil erosion in areas with high wildlife activity.

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