Article Written by:
Yvonne Barkley, University of Idaho Extension, Moscow, ID
Using mulch to control erosion after a wildfire is a very common practice. Research has shown that mulching is the only treatment which consistently and significantly reduced erosion rates after a burn by immediately increasing the percent of ground cover, compared to gradually increasing cover by growing vegetation such as grass.
Mulch is used to cover the soil, thereby reducing rain impact, overland flow, soil erosion and the rapid …