Hay bales and straw bales are also used for methods of
erosion control systems. Hay bales and straw bales serve
the same purpose for erosion control. These bales are
wrapped with two lengths of 1/8” twine to securely hold
them together. A bale typically has dimensions of +/-
16” in height, +/- 18” in width and +/- 36” in length.
"Staked Bales" – Bales are generally installed on
existing grade and butted tightly together as to not
leave any space for flow between the bales.
They are placed on the “cleared” ground so as no
obstructions are allowing water to free-flow underneath
the bale. Bales are then staked with 2-1”x1” hardwood
stakes in each bale to hold them securely into place.
Sometimes a double row of staked bales are installed to
ensure protection in any high flow areas. In this case,
the seams in between bales are staggered to allow proper
"Trenched Bales" - Sometimes bales are required to be
installed in a trench. The trench is dug to the width of
the bale and the bale is then placed in the trench and
installed similarly as regular staked bales. The bales
are then backfilled to prevent flow from going
underneath the bale.
"Staked Bale with Silt Fence" – Hay bales are very often
installed in conjunction with silt fence. The silt fence
is first installed and then the bales by one of the
above methods. Bales can be used with any silt fence
application on a construction site. Silt fence and hay
bales are the most popular means for an erosion control
barrier and are proven time and time again on jobsites
everywhere to contain surface erosion and runoff.
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