|Straw or wood chips are effective in holding the soil in place. They have the added value of increasing the organic content of the soil. Either material should be worked into the top few inches of the soil. Place a covering of chips 1 inch (or less) as slope and soil conditions indicate. Nitrogen fertilizer should be added.
Woven burlap can be laid on the slope and tied down with stakes to prevent lifting by wind or water. Regular planting procedures can be followed before laying the burlap since it will not interfere with establishing growth on the slope. The burlap will decompose eventually, but will remain long enough for vegetation to become well established.