Straw wattles are an effective and economical alternative to silt fence and straw bales for sediment control and stormwater runoff. Straw wattles can be placed and staked along the contour of newly constructed or disturbed slopes. Their use to capture and keep sediment on the slopes is a best management practice (BMP).
Fertile topsoil, organic matter, and native seeds are trapped behind straw wattles and provide a stable medium for germination. Straw wattles also retain moisture from rainfall, aiding the growth of vegetation. They are installed by staking in place and can be used individually or tied together to achieve any desired length. Straw wattles are available in 9-inch diameter by 25-foot length. Other diameters and lengths are also available upon request.