Wattle Erosion Control

Erosion Control Wattles

coir wattleErosion Control Wattles are one of the most frequently used filtration and stabilization products around drains, construction sites, and streams. Below are a few of the most common questions we hear customers asking when it comes to the wattles. Don't see your question here? Give our team a call at +1-772-646-0597.

1. What is the difference between a wattle and a log? Answer
2. What types of wattles are available? Answer
3. Where can I use an erosion control wattle? Answer
4. How are they installed? Answer
5. What sizes are they available in? Answer
6. How are they sold? Answer

1. What is the difference between a wattle and a log?

While similar in the shape and design, there are a couple of differences between the erosion control wattle and the erosion control log.

  • Erosion control wattles are typically smaller in diameter.
  • Erosion control wattles are less densely packs than logs.
  • Wattles are commonly used for filtration.

One way to visualize the difference between the two is to imagine an adult standing on both a log and wattle. As the adult stands on the log, it may indent slightly but will mostly remain in its existing shape. By contrast, an adult standing on a wattle would cause the wattle to indent and lose its shape.

2. What types of wattles are available?

Erosion control wattles can be made with several different materials, but will most commonly be one of two options: Coir Wattles or Straw Wattles. While both wattles are designed to biodegrade when in your location, they will vary greatly in material construction.

  • Coir Wattles: The coir wattle is a natural fiber product constructed with an outside bristle coir twine netting and an interior made from mattress coir fibers.
  • Straw Wattles: The straw wattle will be similar in style and design, but will instead feature an outer jute netting and interior wheat straw composition.

Either wattle can be the perfect choice for filtering sediment and silt as it leaves your site.

3. Where can I use an erosion control wattle?

Wattles have been placed in a wide range of locations including along slopes, banks and construction sites. They can be effectively used for any of the following:

  • Construction Site Perimeter Sediment Control
  • Drain Protection
  • Inlet Filtration
  • Check Dams
  • Water Diversions
  • Construction Site Entrances

4. How are they installed?

Typical installation for a wattle involves a process of digging a small trench and staking the wattles into position. However, depending on your location, installation methods/requirements may vary.

  1. Dig a small trench where the wattles need to placed.
  2. Place the wattles into the trench and backfill the area.
  3. Stake the wattles every 4 ft. on center.

5. What sizes are they available in?

  • Coir Wattle Sizes: 6" or 9" in diameter
  • Straw Wattle Sizes: 9", 12", or 20" in diameter

6. How are they sold?

Coir wattles can be sold individually or in skid quantities. Straw wattles are typically sold by the skid. View Skid Quantities

If you have any additional questions regarding wattle erosion control, please contact our GEI Works product specialists at +1-772-646-0597.