Erosion and Sediment Control Solutions

Dec 20 19:22 2019 Nancy Whitman Print This Article

Jute Matting

Jute and coir matting (including solutions for the Melbourne region) are an effective means of protecting newly laid dirt and planted areas against the threat of erosion due to heavy rain. They help to secure the earth and safeguard new seedlings, while dramatically reducing any damage caused by water run-off activity.

A widely implemented erosion and sediment control solution,Guest Posting jute and coir matting is particularly useful for medium to high grade sloped terrain, newly cultivated zones, marshland and trenches that are soon to be used for agricultural purposes.

Some of jute and coir mattings most prominent features include:

  • They improve the ability of the soil to absorb moisture, helping plant life to grow at an accelerated rate
  • They help shield the soil against the effects of natural hazards, such as torrential rain and severe winds
  • Above all else, they greatly diminish the devastating effects of surface deterioration

Similar to gabion baskets and rock mattresses (including those used in Melbourne areas), with correct installation and careful maintenance, jute and coir matting sheets are a powerful erosion and sediment control solution, for both temporary and permanent use. In order in to provide maximum erosion protection, the surface of the protected area must be suitably planned:

  • All stone, gravel, earth and produce should ideally be extracted beforehand, to guarantee that the laid matting is flush with the earth
  • Ideally, the matting should be fastened to the dirt surface through the use of 15cm or 20cm heavy duty alloy pins. For best results, the pins should be embedded into the matting material and straight through to the dirt
  • Avoid using jute and coir matting in areas where the flora is intended to be mown, as the matting and alloy pins can become tangled in the mower’s blades, ruining both the plant life and lawn mower. If seeds are to be planted, always do so before the matting has been installed

Jute and coir matting is commonly sold in two variants; eco-friendly jute mesh or photodegradable thermoplastic polymer. Jute mesh is strongly advised in regions of marshland and surrounding land, or in ecologically tenuous zones, as wildlife can become caught within the plastic mesh, as the plastic version has rigid corner seams, while the eco-friendly jute mesh has more malleable and easier to break free from, if entangled.

Coir Matting

Robust, durable and made from one hundred percent coconut fibres, coir matting has a vast number of erosion and sediment control uses. Coir is an organic material sourced from the exterior coating of a coconut tree. The fibres are twirled at high speed until they form a tightly-wound yarn, which are then used to create the matting. Coir matting is extremely resilient, generally lasting between two and four years before they need to be replaced. They’re very effective when used on high grade sloped terrain that is vulnerable to collapse, or regions that experience cold winter months where freezing temperatures can impact the strength of the soil. All coir matting is one hundred percent eco-friendly, containing no synthetic contents whatsoever.

Sediment fences

Sediment fences (including Melbourne sediment control fencing) is one of the most common methods of erosion and sediment control. Sediment fences help protect sediment that has a tendency to wash away during and after heavy rainfall or a particularly damaging storm. Not only silt barriers are a great way to protect soil from the harms of erosion, in many parts of the world they are also compulsory. Hefty fines numbering anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars can be imposed, depending on the size of the site and the damage done to the surrounding environment.

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Nancy Whitman
Nancy Whitman

Nancy Whitman is a contributor to leading Australian erosion and soil control solutions provider, Advanced Environmental Services.

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