hay bales as banks?


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I have a silted up pond. I was thinking of buying bales of straw to create a channel down the centre supported by a wall of bales each side. Then plant up the boggy sides so that the roots start creating a more solider structure. Does this sound sensible?
 

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I’m a little dense sometimes......but I’m not following what you are describing. Any chance you can draw a picture, or take a pic of your pond?
 
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Hello Johan, I'm not entirely sure what you're asking either, but here goes. If you're talking about using bales to build up an earthen (or all bales?) berm; I would be concerned about the eventual break down of the bales. Bales tend to compost from the inside out, and will eventually rot, cave in, and your structure will be compromised. If you're talking about using the bales under water (?), I would advise against that as well. The rotting vegetation will produce tannins, and possibly toxins. I hope this helps.
 

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Coir logs would work for that application, can even plant the logs themselves. Just need to be staked down. These are used as a form of erosion control, and will slowly biodegrade (much slower than straw bales).
 
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