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Other Uses For Jute Erosion Control Netting

Jute erosion control netting is a fairly common gardening product. As a landscaper, you might want to explore its other uses, and not reserve this product solely for riverbank erosion control. Here are some of its other, more unique uses, which landscapers might find very handy. 

Preventing Tree Boring Insects from Reproducing

There are several insects that bore into trees, lay eggs after mating, and have larvae eat and kill the trees from the inside out. Jute netting can be wrapped around the first three or four feet of the tree, from the base up, to prevent an invasion of these insects during mating season. You can save dozens of clients' trees with a single large roll of jute netting.

Prevent Bark Consumption by Deer and Beaver

If you have clients and customers that live in rural areas and/or near streams, these landowners face a unique set of problems. Either beaver will chomp their trees down, or deer will strip the tress of their bark when scavenging for food during very cold and very long winters. The jute netting wrapped several times around the exposed trunks of the trees in fall will stop these animals from stripping and gnawing the trees.

Create Very Strong Sod

You can also use the netting to create very strong sod. Roll the jute netting out flat. Sprinkle soil and grass seed on top. Water it and let it grow. The jute base allows you to easily cut the sod, move the sod, and/or place a very large patch of sod over a barren area in a customer's yard. As the grassroots move down through the jute, the jute prevents the grass from becoming loose and shaking free of the soil.

You can also grow stronger yards through blankets of jute netting by laying down a layer of jute on barren lawns, followed by a layer of rich, moist soil, and then grass seed. Use additional jute netting to protect the grass seed from hungry birds. In a couple of weeks, the grassroots grow through the jute and into the dry earth below. 

Protecting Rose Bushes and Berry Plants

Finally, jute netting is excellent for the prevention of aphid infestations and frost on rose bushes. Just wrap the netting around the bushes and tie a rope around the bases and the foliage crowns of each bush. This same or similar approach also protects berry plants and bushes from birds.