Thursday, 13 June 2013

Soil erosion is the loss of soil particles from earth as a result of water or wind currents. It is generally a naturally occurring process in which soil keeps shifting slowly and gradually from one location to another. The ill effects of soil erosion can be decrease in soil fertility, crop production and crop quality, as well as environmental damage that means poor vegetation.

Controlling soil erosion can be very essential as the removal of some landscape features can severely harm the aesthetic and functional value of the land.

Ways to control soil erosion

There are many ways to control soil erosion. The principal way is to maintain a good soil structure by improving the soil quality. It can be done by preventing rain from hitting the soil surface directly.

Mulching is another technique of controlling soil erosion. The technique involves covering of soil with organic matter such as crop residues such as stems, stalks, straw grass and leaves and, grass. he mulched rip lines cease run-off water inside the ground surface. These types of mulches are referred to as hydraulic mulches, such as Biotic Earth Green or Biotic Earth Black. By adding this type of organic matter enriches the soil and helps it to retain its lost moisture during dry and hot summers. As a result of cover, mulching helps in keeping the soil moist and ceases the growth of weeds.

The major benefit of controlling soil erosion is that the quality of the soil is improved. Moreover, erosion control prevents any long-term damage to the environment.

Although there are various methods to control soil erosion, you can choose the ideal method that is appropriate for your land.

Thursday, 25 April 2013



Soil degradation is a serious damage to the fertile land because it ends the fertile power of the land and leaves it barren and fruitless. To make a particular piece of land fertile or regain the lost quality of soil, various methods are used, and hydroseeding is one of them. It is a plant seeding process and an innovative method for sowing and planting by hydraulic spraying that is primarily utilized in grass growing. 

This is the procedure that mixes seed, water, fertilizer, hormones and wood fiber mulch in an adequate ratio and fixes the mix directly on the land. When the land is covered with the mix, it allows the ground to be seeded, fertilized and mulched. This technique also helps seeds retain moisture and grow at a fast pace. 

The technique is ideally suitable for the fast growth of grass on slopes where growing grass with traditional and outdated methods is not easy. By using grass seeds, wood fibers, glues, hormones and fertilizers, the technique contributes in improving the natural quality of the soil and preventing soil erosion caused by wind and water. That is why the technique is useful for growing grass at various slopes, parking lots, airport surfaces and roadsides.

Soil erosion is a continual process in which the fertile power of the soil is degraded and the land becomes unprotected and vulnerable. For improving the quality of soil and make the land ready for the cultivation and planting purposes, it is necessary that some soil building techniques should be used. Hydroseeding is one of them as it not only improves the quality of soil with hydroseeding products but also enables the land to become green with crops and plants. 

There are various hydroseeding products that contribute in making soil enriched with essential organics, nutrients and microbials. These include blended mulch, fertilizers, bio-stimulants, wood fiber and bonded fiber matrix. Blended mulch is made up of 70% wood fiber and blended with 30% clean recycled paper. Hence, it is used to promote optimal growing conditions and provide a slow release of moisture back into the soil. Wood fiber is also a mulch product made from 100% whole wood fibers and is ideally useful for achieving excellent water absorption and promoting seed growth with soil stabilization. Bonded fiber matrix are ideal for soil erosion whereas tackifiers ensure longevity of the soil. Fertilizers and bio-stimulants work as nutrients and make soil compact. 

All of the mentioned above hydroseeding products are used to establish, grow and sustain effective mature vegetation that can withstand the forces of soil erosion confidently.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

biotic-book-imageThe Erosion and Sediment Control Industry is full of innovative and new products that help protect our environment. Over the years, the industry has responded very well to develop products that control erosion and prevent sediment from leaving construction sites, but unfortunately, that is where this innovation has stopped... until now.
The desired erosion control solution is to have established vegetation but many construction sites have very poor soil in which to grow strong vegetation. The industry response has been to create longer lasting and more expensive erosion control material or to haul expensive topsoil to the site. Is this the only way?
If your soil in your garden was poor, would you put wood or cut up your Sunday newspaper and add it to the soil to make it better? The greenhouse or farming industry would laugh at this suggestion, yet the construction industry is relying on salespeople who only sell erosion control solutions such as this, and are not yet aware of the importance of improving soil quality first. 

Biotic Earth was developed so that project owners and engineers could use an erosion control product that not only prevents erosion but first amends the soil with the right combination of organic material, micro nutrients and growth stimulants. Fix the soil you have both efficiently and effectively with science, common sense and good old agronomic know-how and you will achieve your desired results in less time.

This book shows the Biotic Earth product in action on very poor soils in Canada and the United States. We feel that if it makes sense to add organics to our gardens it makes sense to add it to our constructions sites as well. 


Mark Myrowich, Owner
Verdyol Plant Research Ltd.
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St. Cloud, MN


The City of St Cloud, MN was having issues stabilizing a slope and maintaining good vegetation. They were also looking to establish a vegetated emergency access road to a pump station. The slope was reshaped, and a retaining wall was installed to help mitigate some grade issues. They wanted to reinforce the slope in order that mowing equipment would not cause damage to the slope.
before1     before2


Landlok 300 was installed on the slope on July 8th, 2011, and was subject to a two-inch rain event two days after installation. The Turf Reinforcement Mat was infilled with Biotic Earth Black at a rate of 3500 lbs per acre, with Earthbound Scientific at a rate of 70 lbs per acre. The product was covered with Mat Fiber Plus at 2000 lbs per acre. The area to the right of the boulder wall is where the GrassPave2 product was installed. This product was filled with sand to allow greater infiltration of rainwater. This was covered with the same combination of Biotic Earth and Mat Fiber Plus as the Landlok 300.


By August 8th, the project was thickly vegetated, and had to be mowed down. By September 8th, there was significantly better vegetation where the Biotic Earth was sprayed compared to the existing vegetation.
Noah Czech, a Stormwater Compliance inspector for the city of St Cloud, discussed the project at the Minnesota Erosion Control Association show in March of 2012. He was very happy with the results, responding that the maintenance workers did not like the site because, "they have to mow it too often."
This project showed that the Biotic Earth Black and Mat Fiber Plus combination was an excellent alternative to Soil Infilling. The vegetation established quickly and was very dense.


We revisited the site on May 26th of 2012 to follow up on the installation. There were several interesting things to note:
On the portion of the job where soil had been hauled in to reshape the slope (where the TRM was installed) there were significant amounts of unwanted plants growing the first year. This appears to be the results of importing a seed bank with the soil was imported. If you notice the area to the right of the picture above, you will see very little weeds growing. The area had been seeded with a turf mix. A herbicide was applied to deal with the unwanted plants on the slope. The site is now covered with a thick stand of turf grasses.

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Calgary, AB


Approximately 2:1 highly erosive slopes (sandy soil) along the south perimeter of the Canada Olympic Park parking lot across from the Sports Hall of Fame building.During a rain event, the slopes were becoming rilled and there was extreme sediment washing onto the parking lot due north. This was compounded by an upper (higher) asphalt parking pad also draining onto the same slopes. Financial penalties were being incurred due to the 'polluted' runoff going into city storm sewers. Due to the degree-of-slope, RECPs / erosion control blankets were not an option, as there would be major disruption to any re-vegetation (hydro-mulch) layer underneath, during the installation phase.
Canadian Olympic Park Eroision


Michele's Landscaping, a local landscaping firm in Calgary along with Brock White Construction Materials, worked together to install Verdyol Biotic Earth Black at a hydroseeding rate of 3900 kg/ha, and not containing any tackifying agents. A secondary application of Soil Guard BFM (bonded fiber matrix) provided a fibrous crust (matrix) to reduce rain impact / shear and wind erosion of the Biotic Earth seed mix underneath.


One year later (September 2012) grass establishment on the 2:1 slopes was thick and robust, and some turf varieties were spiking seed-bearing heads (thriving). Legume establishment was about 15%. Throughout the spring and summer of 2012, slope erosion and / or sedimentation onto the COP West Parking Lot was no longer an issue. 
Case Closed. 

References: -- Dr. Ken Podlubny describes the latest erosion control and growth technology in the erosion control industry. This job at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton is a high profile job that needed to succeed, and quick. The combination of the hydraulic growth medium Biotic Earth Black, Clearflow Polymer, Jute netting and the right seed fertilizer mix makes this job a great success.

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