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Erosion Control


LawnSite Member
What is the best way to stop the erosion in my ditch? I would like to lay some sod or seed but am afraid it will just wash away. I dont want to use rock, its a pain to line trim.. Should I just wait until mid summer when there is not a lot of rain to put down the sod?? I thought about using a culvert, and then covering it level with the ground but that seems expensive.

Any help would be appreciated...

Critical Care

LawnSite Bronze Member
Central Oregon
There are several factors that enter into erosion, such as soil type, percentage of slope, as well as amount and rate of rainfall. If you want to establish grass along the edges of this ditch, you may want to look into such aids as straw blankets and jute or burlap netting which is used to cover grass seed and protect it from washing away, especially on slopes.

Other controls may be more drastic, such as diverting water away and into a drainage system, grading and excavation, etc... probably not your first choice.

Here are some products you may want to look at on these websites that I just found at random.


And by the way, in the past I have used spikes to secure sod down to slopes, but I'm not sure how well sod and spikes would hold up to a gully-washer.