Lawn Upholstering?Jute erosion control mesh is not burlap - it's a fabric woven with extremely coarse yarn and large holes. The mesh is commonly used for erosion control along new road construction while grasses and shrubs are being established. It is biodegradable, and within a couple of years, maybe more in a dry area, will decay and turn into organic material in the soil.
I'm using it like a mulch to protect newly scattered buffalo and blue grama grass seed and native wildflower mix. It should prevent my seeds from blowing away, discourage seed-eating birds and hold moisture. It is definitely weed-free, which my compost is not. It supposedly decomposes in a couple of years, so I will write more than this post about how it works.
It does look like I carpeted the lawn, and the neighbors are looking at me funny.