California Department of Transportation

Rolled Erosion Control Product (Jute Mesh)

Jute Mesh Photo

What is This Treatment?

Jute mesh is a lightweight, degradable, open weave textile (OWT).

When to Use This Treatment?

  • Cut and fill slopes between 4:1 and 2:1 (H:V). Use Rolled Erosion Control Products (Netting) on steeper slopes.
  • To use in a stream or channel below the 100-year base flood elevation (as determined by the Engineer) contact the Civil (Hydraulics) Engineer in responsible charge of the stream/channel.


  • Provides immediate protection from surface erosion.
  • Helps retain soil moisture improving seed germination and vegetation establishment.


  • Rocks and debris may lift blankets above the soil surface, allowing erosion to occur between the blanket and the soil surface.
  • Surface treatment only - unlikely to improve compacted, nutrient depleted, or poorly draining soils as necessary to ensure vigorous long term vegetative cover.

Technical Product Information

The table below provides a summary of technical information for jute mesh:

Max Slope
Category (1)
Jute Mesh
12 Months

(1) For detailed information on ECTC categories, please see "Table 1" on the ECTC (Erosion Control Technology Council) specifications web page.

Erosion Control Jute Mesh

The photo above shows erosion control jute mesh being installed along a roadside. The open area of this product is high so seed may be applied before or after the jute mesh is put in place.


Consider Using With:

Regardless of the blanket type specified, this material requires the permanent vegetative protection provided by:

To effectively treat sites with compacted, nutrient depleted, or poorly draining soils, consider combining this treatment with:

Plans and Details:

Estimate Information:

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Updated 08-14-2015