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Compost socks consist of tubular netting filled with compost.
Place on erodible slope faces at regular intervals, and at the slope top, toe, and at grade breaks, aligning compost socks with the slope contours.
Biodegradable socks are available in both 8-inch and 12-inch diameters in both cotton (white) and burlap (beige). Both burlap and cotton socks will likely function up to 12 months, depending on climate and weather conditions.
8-inch diameter socks work well on slopes up to 2:1 (H:V).
12-inch diameter compost socks are too heavy for the middle of 2:1 slopes, however they work well at the toe.
Compost socks are typically spaced as follows:
For additional guidance, contact your District Stormwater Coordinator and the Storm Water Quality Handbook - Project Planning and Design Guide (May 20012).
Updated June 1, 2018
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