Wattles, also known as fascines, are living branches bound together in long, tubular bundles. When placed in shallow trenches across the slope of a bank, these structures provide protection from erosion and create a sediment trap. This material provides immediate bank support even prior to root growth. Once established, this live, rooting material grows into a living, fence-like, erosion barrier. Within one growing season, roots and shoots grow along the entire length of the structure, quickly stabilizing the bank. - See more at: http://www.ernstseed.com/products/bioengineering/brush-mattresses-and-wattles-fascines/#sthash.EJbuzH1r.dpuf

Dead Wedge Stakes

Dead wedge stakes are pieces of hardwood cut into long wedges to secure wattles, brush mattresses and other applications of soil bioengineering and erosion control measures.

Stake Sizes: 1-1/4” x 3-1/4” x 2-1/2’ long

Installation Notes: This technique is simple, effective and can be installed with little site disturbance. Material is placed in 6” wide trenches on banks or slopes parallel to the stream contour and partially covered with soil. Wedge-like dead stakes secure them in place at 2’-3’ intervals. Live stakes can also be used in conjunction with dead stakes to secure the material. Straw mulching the site after installation retains moisture and reduces surface erosion. Irrigating after installation is necessary if the soil is dry.

Wattle/Fascine Sizes: 6’ or 8’ lengths are recommended for ease of handling; available in 4”-8” diameters or 8”-12” diameters (custom lengths and diameters are available)

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