Coir Fiber Matting for Restoration
Erosion Control Mats
Question: I am in need of coir fiber matting for restoration projects. I am looking for an erosion control mat that I can use for a coastal saltmarsh restoration project. I was looking at your coir fiber mats in the restoration section and I was wondering if these erosion control mats are always made from coconut fiber? Would they work in my location?
Answer: Thank you for contacting us! In general, an Erosion Control Mat can be made from a wide range of materials including straw, wood shavings, coir, and even polypropylene materials. However, often during restoration projects there is a large need for an erosion control product that is both high in strength and environmentally friendly.
Coir Matting Details
The coir mat can be ideal for restoration projects as it is both natural and high in strength. When compared to other natural fibers, such as straw or wood, the coir material is higher in strength and offers a longer-lasting structure. This can help stabilize your area long enough for plant life to grow and establish roots.
To answer your question about the coir material, most coir mats are made using a coconut fiber material. This material consists of coconut husks that have been soaked for added strength and flexibility. These fibers are then placed together to form stable mats or blankets.
Advantages offered when using coir fiber matting for restoration projects include:
- Environmentally Friendly
- Open Weave Design
- Holds up in Water Areas
Coir Matting Options
The coir mat is offered in a couple of different strengths, depending on your project requirements. Choosing between these mats is often dependant on conditions in your location such as water flow, required strength, and slope steepness. If your area for erosion control is particularly steep (1:1) or if it has a high flow, stronger fabrics such as the Coir Mat 90, are a good choice.
You can also check out our complete selection of erosion control mats on the Erosion Control Matting Main Page.