They told me it was biodegradable, but it’s not! I’ve heard it said over and over again, yet each time I find a snake or other innocent animal snared in it, I seethe. We’ve all seen it, that black or green plastic netting that is rolled out to prevent erosion, usually on sloped sites. Sometimes we use it to protect shrubbery.
It looks innocuous enough, but to a snake or other critter plastic erosion control netting can be a death noose. The township required it on my steeply-sloped rear hill, and the contractor who installed it claimed it would biodegrade. But nine years later it is just as strong (and lethal) as ever.
I made the mistake of also using it to protect my shrubbery from deer browse. Look what I found – a garter snake ensnared in it.
So instead of plastic you might want to consider the jute netting that truly does decompose. It may add a few dollars to your job, but it is more wildlife friendly and may very well prevent unnecessary deaths.
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