Don't Let Land Wash Away! Method #1 Before rolling out blankets, clear large rocks to one side. Seed area with a diverse native mix. Unroll blanket over area. Use rocks to secure border tossing a few into center. Native seed will lie dormant until rains come, at such time the blankets will help capture topsoil that might try to wash over top. Seedlings germinate up through blanket. Over time, blankets compost into organic matter as seedlings create deep roots stabilizing soil. Method #2 On larger slopes covered in stumps, large rocks or other obstructions - erosion blanket "burritos" are effective. Unroll desired length of blanket on flat surface. Then roll blanket lenthwise into a long "burrito" as shown. Carry roll and put into place across the slope using care to follow a level contour line. Using 8" Spikes & Caps, secure "burrito" every 2-3 feet onto slope. Walk the slope with a Hand Operated Seed Slinger - All Seed Types (see p 73) filled with a diverse native seed mix. Topsoil will build up behind each "burrito" enhancing establishment of vegetation. When deep, fibrous roots of diverse native plants are in place, they will help slow erosion encouraging additional vegetation to establish upslope and so on. Install "burritos" as required to protect exposed, barren slopes. These techniques are also useful with cedar clearing operations. It's absolutely critical that priceless topsoil is protected from eroding. Reseeding is best used in combination with other erosion control methods. On extremely rocky areas, success with two different methods are described below using Wood Fiber NetFree Erosion Control Blankets. 68 Native American Seed • 325 446 3600 Know the differences between hydro-seeding and hydro-mulching. Native seeds really want to touch the earth... as in seed-to-soil contact. Ok, let's put the slightest amount of mulch in the tank for a marker only. Load a measure of seed to cover appropriate square footage of ground. Add a dose of compost tea, molasses or other bio-starter. But skip the fertilizer. Natives don't need it, don't want it. Hydro-seed until area is covered with proper seeding rate. Then cap the job with a hydro-mulch coating. Not too thick - 3/8" thick max. Pray for rain or turn on the water as with any seeding until established. MOST IMPORTANT!!! Before hydro-seeding natives, clean every crook & cranny to remove every livin' last bermuda seed from equipment, truck bed, hose nozzles, floorboard and treads of your shoes. Bermuda, an uncontrollabe invasive grass, does not belong in native plantings. Learn to become native to your place