Monday, October 4, 2010
The recent deluge has reminded me of the continuing need to protect the soil against erosion. Last year I stumbled upon a great ally in that fight--hay twine.
Left over hay twine can serve as more than simple pasture decoration. It can hold your pasture in place and using it to do so can maintain a semblance of domestic tranquility. While I do not find the sight of baling twine to be offensive, it appears that all women do. In fact, the only thing that I have seen that bothers women more than seeing hay twine scattered across a pasture is to see a grown man take a nap. Both are viewed as cosmic disorders that must be immediately rectified.
Large handfuls of hay twine radically reduce erosion and increase deposition of soil. When simply dropped into eroded soil cuts the twisted strands create a series of baffles that slow the water speed enough to cause grains of earth to sink to the bottom. I find it more effective than traditional forms of debris used to fight erosion such as broken brick and cinder block.
( No Swimmer had not thrown me in the picture above. I was simply taking a break and discussing a matter of mutual concern with her.)
Posted by Steve Edwards