How might I protect my slope from eroding with the heavy rains predicted for this winter? I just finished planting it with creeping rosemary. Because it was planted late, I don't expect it to be very effective in holding the ground. Jute netting has been suggested.
I'd be concerned with hillside erosion from the upcoming rainy season, too. It should be an issue when the soil becomes saturated, probably around the holidays or shortly after.
Jute Netting or Erosion Control Mesh is designed to be a soil surface and slope stabilization solution for erosion control. It's made from a coarse, woven yarn and will biodegrade naturally within six months to two years, depending on microbial action, after clearing the debris and weeds.
It's installed much like landscape fabric by laying it down over an area before planting.
You start at the top of the slope, securing the edges with Bio Stakes every two to three feet.
The seams are overlapped four to six inches, and you fold the bottom six inches under at the bottom of the slope.
Plants are then planted through the large opening in the mesh, but you can cut it if necessary for larger planting holes.
When sowing seed, the seed is sowed first with the netting laid over the top.
All is not lost since you've already planted; I'd stretch the net over the planted area and push the vegetation through the opening, cutting it if necessary.
Another option is Straw Wattles or Erosion Logs. They're commonly seen at construction sites along freeways and are preferred in those areas with established plants.
They're an excellent way to control sediment, erosion, and stormwater runoff. Straw Wattles are long, tubular rolls of noxious, weed-free rice straw wrapped in black plastic netting or burlap.
They're approximately eight to sixteen inches wide and twenty-five to thirty feet long, with a three to five-year life span. Wooden stakes are driven into them every four feet to secure them.
Water is released through the wattle at a slower, steady rate.
Jute Netting and Straw Wattles are probably not at your favorite garden center but at an irrigation and landscape supply supplier, such as Horizon (www.horizononline.com)
My Anjou pears are not ripening. This is my first crop, so I'm unsure what to do next.
Pears are best harvested before they ripen and allowed to ripen off the tree. Tree-ripened pears will not develop their peak flavor or texture.
Harvesting too late can lead to overripe and mushy pears.
It is essential to harvest Anjou pears at the right time to ensure optimal flavor and texture.
Pick the fruit when green, complex, and full size for the particular variety. To harvest pears, lift the fruit until the stem separates from the branch.
Do not pull or twist. If the stem does not break easily, allow the fruit to remain on the tree for a few more days. Comice, Winter Nellis, and Anjou.
The aroma is a good indicator of the pear's ripeness. So. smell the pear to determine its ripeness. A ripe Anjou pears will have a sweet fragrance.