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Mulching is a temporary erosion Best Management Practice that involves the application of mulch materials such as organic residue, compost and gravels to the land surface. The mulch material protects soil from rain drops, maintains soil moisture and temperature, slows runoff velocity, and control erosion and sediment.

Fact sheets

Erosion Control Mulching Statewide Urban Design and Specifications, Iowa

Mulching Idaho Department Of Environmental Quality

Mulch option for erosion control on construction sitesNorth Carolina Cooperative Extension

Mulching (page 45 of Iowa construction site erosion control manual) Iowa Department of Natural Resources


Straw Mulching Fact sheets

Straw mulch, California Stormwater Quality Association

Straw mulch, Caltrans Division of construction California

Straw Mulching, Washington Conservation District

Hydraulic Mulching Fact Sheets

Hydraulic Mulch, Caltrans Division of Construction California

Hydraulic Mulching, Caltrans Division of Construction California

Rock Mulching Fact Sheets

Best Management Farming Practices for Water Quality Protection Mulching, NRCS, US

Rock Mulching, Catchment and Creek Pty Ltd, Australia

Compost Blanket Fact sheets

Compost blanket, California Stormwater Quality Association

Compost blankets for runoff and erosion control, USDA


Straw mulching, Colorado Department of Transportation

How mulch prevents soil erosion

What's this hydro mulching all about?