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Analog Design
STRAW WATTLES™
Analog Design
Stakes (wooden & metal)
Analog Design
Wooden Snow Fence
Analog Design
Straw Spreader/Blower
Analog Design
Square Hay Bales
Analog Design
Orange Silt Fence
Analog Design
Erosion Control Netting, Jute Mesh
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Straw Bales
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Silt Sacs
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Plastic Safety Fence
Analog Design
Straw Mats

Straw Wattles™

Tubes of straw used for erosion control, sediment control and stormwater runoff control.


Stakes (wooden & metal)

Stakes are used to Anchor each bale. 2 re-bars, steel pickets, or 2" x 2" wooden stakes. Thus holding bale in place.


Wooden Snow Fence

Snow fencing are constructed from wood slats,which are woven together with thirteen-gauge galvanized wire.


Straw Spreader/Blower

Provides a straw mulch covering.


Square Hay Bales

Same hay as our construction hay. For more information click the link above.


Orange Silt Fence

An orange monofilament woven fabric with a very high flow rate.


Erosion Control Netting, Jute Mesh

Open weave geotextile design that holds grass seeds in place until proper vegetation is established.


Straw Bales

Require labor-intensive installation and maintenance.


Silt Sacs

Non-woven geotextile bags to insert in catch basins.


Plastic Safety Fence

Alternative to you typical metal fence. Easier to install and store than metal, yet very strong


Straw Mats

Used primarily on hillsides or garden slopes.


Choosing The Right Plants When Hillside Landscaping Will Help Control Soil Erosion

By Ann Marier

Determine The Amount Of Area To Be Used As Well As How To Use That Area

A good hillside landscaping project would involve having steps running up the hillside as well as a retaining wall. The presence of steep slopes is a challenge to anyone that has hillside landscaping acumen because the novice would often end up wasting time and money on unsuccessful attempts at hillside landscaping. Very often, soil is lost due to erosion and, for this, it may be advisable to install a dry creek bed. In case one has a property having a slope from which excess water flows down and thus erodes the soil as well as a drainage problem then the best solution to getting rid of puddling is by building a dry creek bed.

Many first time owners of property do not have hillside landscaping as one of their top priorities, especially as they may be more taken up with paying off their mortgages. Nevertheless, with a little bit of ingenuity and some helpful guidance, the hillside landscaping problem may be solved and a near perfect vertical landscape would be created that would be able to convey such hillside landscaping ideas perfectly.

Before beginning the hillside landscaping experience, one needs to determine how much area is to be used and what would be the usage of such an area. It could mean having a meandering slope or stairs or even ladders, if the terrain permits, and it is also possible to create a mélange of the three. One should also make a conscious effort to use material that is indigenous to the area as it would make seamless integration of the overall appearance, easily achieved. One should also not use plastics as well as bright colors unless absolutely necessary. In addition, one may also bet on wood, rocks and wood chips to embellish the hillside landscaping.

One also needs to pick and choose the right plants as all plants are not suited for inclines, though it is less true of flowers and small bushes and is of vital importance when planting trees. A good hillside landscaping tree is the conifer which has a robust root structure that enables them to be exposed to a greater degree and can also survive off poor soil and they also provide some much needed color all year round. One can also layer the slopes through alternation of large plants with small bushy ones and it will enable the concealment of the terrace and provide a seamless quality to the hillside landscaping also. Potted plants should also be used to stand out and catch the eye.

What is most important, however, is tackling soil erosion. The bigger plants that have greater roots can hold the soil in place and will also absorb water that may have otherwise washed away valuable nutrients. Large plants also provide shade as well as shelter from winds and are vital to avoiding erosion by wind.

About the Author: Ann Merier writes articles about family health,house and garden Topics. Landscaping Tips Barbq Ideas Enjoy Your Garden

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Great Use For Straw Bale

By Morgan Hamilton

A straw bale is usually sane as something that has little or no use. But if you were to take a closer look you would see that a straw bale is durable it can be sold for the bedding for animals, landscape supply, and used in construction. They are also on and burned to either get rid of them or provide warmth.

The straw is the plant material that is dry caused by it being left in the fields after a plant has fully matured. Upon the maturation of the plant is harvested and anything that is not used is tossed aside. That is usually the genesis of a straw bale.

One of the main uses for this type of material is construction. A straw bale can actually provide excellent material for constructing low-cost walls that are quite durable and are excellent insulators. The use of bales for construction purposes was used by the states of the plains in the late part of the 19th century and early part of the 20th century. These structures are sturdy and many of which have stood the test of time and are still standing. Straw bale construction can and is used to build just about anything you can imagine including homes, schools and businesses.

Of course the attractive aspect here is the affordability of the material. The cost of a straw bale varies though as it depends on what time of year it is. During harvest time is when they are the least expensive as the added cost of storing the bales is factored out. A straw bale must be kept dry otherwise it's rigid integrity will be compromised. One of the main advantages of constructing buildings this way is that it’s resistant to fire. The straw is packed very tightly which constrict the movement of oxygen and therefore is very difficult to set on fire.

It is also highly pest resistant. Once again the straw is packed so tightly that pests are unable to pour into it. The plaster that is put on the outside layer makes it so that pests can not penetrate it. The outside layer of plaster also helps to keep out small animals and rodents. Also, that straw has little if any nutritional value so it isn't all that appetizing to the little critters.

You may not have considered it but this type of material can make a very strong and well-built home. The pioneers and settlers on the plains used straw bale or construction of homes and barns for many years with great success.

About the Author: Morgan Hamilton offers expert advice and great tips regarding all aspects concerning gardening. Get the information you are seeking now by visiting

http://www.groovygardening.com/gardening-information/gardening-tips/great-use-for-straw-bale.html

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