Straw mulching is when we use specifically chosen straw to cover the ground of a recently worked or damaged area. The straw used in the mulching can vary depending on the project and how long the straw has been baled. The longer the straw has been baled, the more likely it is to clump. If it is baled at high moisture levels, it can more easily flake and become less effective as a ground cover.
Mulching with straw is very popular for restoration processes. In addition to reducing the chances of erosion, it can help to maintain a good level of moisture for the seeding in the ground. When the straw clumps a little, it helps it to resist wind and stay in place and even when water tries to wash it away, it clumps together and creates little debris dams that help slow the water, thus continuing to lessen the erosion.
Mulching service can be accomplished in a few ways, depending on the situation. If the affected area is decently flat, it can be distributed by hand by a work crew. This process can be long, but it ensures an even coverage on the ground. Another option for mulching service is aerial mulching, which is best for steep slopes and areas that are too dangerous for the workers to enter. If the area is next to a road, we can use a straw blower to spread the mulch.