What is most significant is that we also applied a compost blanket 2" thick. There was NO reduction of seed establishment, if fact the compost blanket grew the BEST grass, by covering seed with 2" of compost.
This finding is consistent with all my experience in putting down compost blankets with the Compost Blower machine - Hilltop Burn Dump (2005), Alberta DOT Pembina River 2006 and 2008.
Hope you enjoy and hope this paper somewhat "lays to rest" the notion that Compost Blankets at 2" will smother seeds.
We must, as EC Specialists, find a balance between veg establishment and effective erosion control during the establishment period. Good luck
BUT: What say you? What's been your experiences and/or opinions? Leave some comments below and let's get some conversation going!
Quick Follow Up: The paper that is available for download is a summary version of the full paper, which will be presented at EC10 in Dallas, TX. Yet another reason to get yourself down south this winter!