Erosion Control Material
Biodegradable Fabric Options for Soil Stabilization
Erosion control material options include several different biodegradable fabrics for natural stabilization and bank reinforcement. Made from a wide range of natural fibers, these blankets can be constructed with any of the following materials:
- Coconut Coir Fibers
- Wood Fibers
- Straw/Coco Blends
These erosion control materials create a biodegradable framework for stabilizing locations and controlling erosion. Using biodegradable erosion control products is beneficial when dealing with environmentally-sensitive locations.
Each of these materials can be built into an erosion control product that meets specific needs. Products include fabrics laid out flat to create matting, blankets or bunched into a log form to stabilize banks and shore lines.
Choosing Your Biodegradable Erosion Control Products
Biodegradable erosion control products and materials vary in type and application from slope and soil stabilization to ecofriendly landscaping. Choosing which biodegradable erosion control product is right for your needs will be determined by the duration of the project, the steepness of the slope, the amount of water flow, and other factors.
All of these products will naturally biodegrade over time and require various installation processes. Some of the most common erosion control products you will find these fibers in are:
- Erosion Control Logs: Densely packed logs can be filled with coir or straw fibers. Logs are designed to be robust to hold up in demanding locations such as high flows or steep banks.
Erosion control logs are effective methods of runoff and sediment control and soil stabilization. Because of their density and strength, erosion control logs add needed stability and support to erosion prone slopes like banks, streams, and shorelines. Coir fiber erosion control logs feature tightly packed fibers in tube-shaped netting. Standard coir logs come in lengths of 9 and 20 inches, with diameters of 10, 16, or 20 inches. Logs can be joined together with twine to meet specific needs.
- Erosion Control Mats: Erosion control mats are another favorite for erosion control and often feature blends of either coconut coir, straw, or wood fiber blends. Mats will vary in strength depending on the type of erosion control material or fabric they are constructed from. Higher strength mats will typically be built from the tough coir fiber, while shorter term erosion may use straw or coco-straw blends.
Because the density of coir erosion control mats, these products equipped to handle steeper slopes with high water flows. Straw mats while less expensive and easier to move, are equipped to handle less steep slopes and lower water flows. Both coir and straw erosion control mats can be seeded during installation to encourage the growth of local vegetation, furthering strengthening and stabilizing soil and controlling erosion.
- Erosion Control Wattles: Another similar erosion control product is one of our erosion control wattles. While not as densely packed as one of our logs, these wattles are designed to filter out sediment and sand from stormwater runoff.
Erosion control wattles also come with different materials inside them coir fibers or straw blends. Coir erosion control wattles are useful for silt containment and sediment control. Wattles can be used on the perimeter of construction sites to keep businesses in compliance, on asphalt before storm drains.
Erosion Control Applications
Erosion control products can be used in several different applications to help stabilize soil and facilitate vegetation.
Choosing to use logs, mats, or wattles will be determined by the location of the erosion, the slope ratio, and the amount of water flow in the area.
Regardless of the specifics of the location, these are some of the most common locations where erosion control products are used:
- Hillside Erosion Control
- Bank Stabilization
- Stream Restoration
- Slope Reinforcement
- Wetland Restoration
Erosion control wattles can also be used in front of storm drains as a filtration system. If used on the perimeter of construction sites, coir erosion control wattles can control runoff and loose sediment.
Erosion control products can also be used in ecofriendly landscaping practices. Using coir and straw blankets and mats can stabilize soil and promote vegetation because of their biodegradable qualities. When wanting to seed an area while still giving it added stability, using erosion control blankets or mats will enrich the soil when the products disintegrate.
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