The Importance of Landfill Erosion Control Through Hydroseeding

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Aug
2013
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Hydroseeding is changing the way Connecticut landfill owners manage their operations. This convenient technology replaces the need for dump trucks full of soil and the labor-intensive filling, spreading, and dumping of soil for a daily cover. Saving time and labor is just one of the many advantages to using hydroseeding for CT landfill erosion control.hammocks-hydroseed-full-2

Advantages to using Hydroseeding for Landfill Erosion Control and Daily Cover

Hydroseeding for Landfill Erosion Control offers several advantages over the traditional landfill daily cover of soil. Chief among these is efficiency. Using hydroseeding equipment to spread an approved alternate daily cover (ADC) of mulched recycled newspaper, polymers, and biological stimulants uses far fewer man-hours than hauling, tipping, and spreading dump trucks full of soil. Fewer man-hours mean lower labor costs and ultimately a healthier bottom line.

Dramatically lowering labor costs, however, is not the only benefit to using hydroseeding and an ADC. Such a landfill daily cover helps to prevent erosion by staying securely in place rather than being subject to mudslides and wind as dirt cover can be.

Hydroseeding and an ADC also help:

    • Repel vermin and other animals
    • Control dust
    • Help to prevent fire hazards
    • Reduce odor
    • Minimize blowing litter.

Hydroseeding with an ADC extends the life of your landfill. By reducing the air space that’s needed for soil cover, using an ADC can make your landfill handle more waste and last months, if not years, longer.

Hydroseeding helps Connecticut landfill operations stay within the EPA’s Phase II NPDES Storm Water Management program and Storm Water Pollution Protection plan guidelines. Using ADC as a daily and final cover is an effective method of drainage and erosion control in Connecticut landfills. This blown-in cover stays in place, unlike traditional soil covers that can shift during severe weather, causing potentially hazardous run-off. Not only do ADCs stay in place, but the polymers and recycled paper in the mixture help to absorb moisture rather than letting the rainwater pool at the base of the landfill.

Key Takeaways 

If you’re not using an ADC and hydroseeding for your Connecticut landfill erosion control, you’re missing out on an affordable, fast, and effective way to control erosion and help your company improve its bottom line. If you haven’t already started using an ADC, it’s time to consider using this technology in your operation.

When you are in a bind, All Seasons Landscaping has the experience and skill to solve your Connecticut Landfill Erosion Control quickly and effectively. If you are need of hydroseeding services please click the button below to talk to us about your project.

 

The Cost of Hydroseeding in Connecticut

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Jul
2013
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There are many variables that determine the cost of Hydroseeding in Connecticut. Hydroseeding costs are typically based on a per square foot basis. That is, when the total square feet of an area is determined after considering all the factors, the contractor will determine a price for the whole job and divide it by the total square feet to come up with a unit price per square foot.hammocks-hydroseed-full-1

So what factors are considered?

    • Location (travel distance)
    • Size of project
    • Accessibility
    • Availability of water
    • Products to be used (seed mixture, fertilizer, fiber, and additives)
    • Prevailing wage or Open shop

Let\’92s look at each factor and discuss how it affects price.

Location

Travel time is a critical factor in determining the cost of a hydroseeding project. More time spent traveling means more labor, fuel, and equipment costs that will need to be recovered. In the commercial hydroseeding industry this can be misleading.  When a contractor is set up for hydroseeding they will typically have projects statewide and may be able to perform two jobs in a day. A contractor that has multiple trucks will often be more efficient as they can be in more locations in the same period of time. This may reduce costs.

Size

Size is a critical factor in determining the cost of hydroseeding as well. The larger the project is, the less of a factor travel becomes. Recovering the cost of travel is much less of a factor on a large scale shoot than it would be on a smaller project. What is small and what is large? This will depend on the contractor and what size equipment they utilize. As a general rule, the larger hydroseeding contractors can apply (under ideal conditions) 7-10 acres of hydroseed per truck and crew, per working day.

Accessibility

Hydroseeding can be applied in two methods; One is applying the materials through a large hose and the other is spraying from what is known as a \’93turret\’94 on top of the actual machine. Generally speaking, using a hose makes reaching difficult areas easier, but it also takes substantially longer than a turret. If the site is easily accessible and the truck can drive right on with the operator spraying from the turret, the time required to complete the project will be significantly less than if the crew is required to pull a hose repeatedly to gain reach hard to access the target areas.

Availability of Water

Water is a key element in the hydroseeding mix. A large hydroseeder requires more than 3000 gallons per each tank of mix. Depending on what materials are used and at what rates they are applied, a large hydro eeder can cover from \’bd to 1 acre per mixture. On a larger project multiple mixes may be required. Filling a truck by hydrant is the fastest way and when a hydrant is not available, pumping from a clean water source (pond or stream) would be the second choice. Usually filling with a garden hose is too cost prohibitive to even consider. It simply takes much too long to complete this prilimary task.

Product

Besides water there are 3 elements that are typically included in a standard hydroseed mix; Mulch, Seed & Fertilizer. Today there are more choices for these materials than there are flavors of ice cream at the local supermarket. In addition, mulch can be upgraded to more complex products such as Bonded Fiber Matrix or Flexible Growth Medium. Seed, depending on variety, can range in price from $1-3 per pound. In cases where special mixes are required, (wetland applications, etc.) prices can exceed even $100 per pound.

Prevailing Wage or Open Shop

Labor rates will also play an important role when determining the cost of hydroseeding projects.  It is important to know and understand prevailing wage rates.   Another factor to take into consideration on prevailing wage projects is the time associated with the reporting of certified payrolls and materials.   Open-Shop jobs are more straight forward as only federal and state minimum wage laws must be followed.

Key Takeaway

As one can see, there are a multitude of factors that affect the cost of hydroseeding in Connecticut and across the country. Without knowing each of the variables listed above it simply is not possible to responsibly determine the cost of applying the hydroseed mix. Determine your situation and requirements and then contact a hydroseeding professional to get an accurate quote of what your projects cost will be.

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Hydroseeding Products: Conwed Wood Fiber 1000 vs. 2000

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Jun
2013
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When choosing a hydroseed or soil erosion product for your next project, slope, vegetation and surrounding areas are of main concern. Being aware of the new technology that is emerging and understanding how spending a little more on product that has been proven to be effective will actually increase your overall profitability and success.erosion-control-home

There are multiple products on the market that can be used to complete these projects. The following article describes the differences between Conwed Wood Fiber 1000 and 2000. These are just a few of the options available. To learn more about hydro seed and erosion control products download our new ebook, “The Right Product to Use for Your Next Hydroseed or Erosion Control Job”.

Benefits of Conwed Wood Fiber 1000

Soil erosion projects are completed on all different size slopes. Steeper slopes require products that will create a stronger bond. Conwed Fibers’ wood products are ideal for critical slopes with up to 2:1 slopes.

Conwed Wood Fiber utilizes heat and pressure that breaks wood down into more fibrous material with greater surface area that results in better yield and coverage. The solution creates an interlocking matrix for better erosion control protection and allows for improved oxygen transfer. This method creates an ideal environment for faster germination.

Benefits of Conwed Fiber 2000

This product is ideal for erosion control and re-vegetation for protection on difficult sites and conditions where the weather calls for an extra measure of protection. It is very effective for rough graded slopes.

Conwed Fiber 1000 vs. 2000

Conwed Fibers Hydro Mulch 2000 is a 100% wood fiber but has a premium tackifier included. This tackifier is a pre-blended high-viscosity, organic polysaccharide tackifier that results in superior erosion control performance. This tackifier eliminates the need of the extra step and mess of field mixing. This product reduces soil loss and enhances germination while holding 13.5 times its own weight in water for incredible establishment. Conwed Fiber 2000 meets or exceeds all requirements for wood fiber mulch.

Other Hydroseeding and Erosion Control Products

Other products include Pro Matrix Engineered Fiber Matrix, Flexterra (HP-FGM) High Performance-Flexible Growth Medium and Bonded Fiber Matrix. To learn more about these products download our entire ebook by clicking the photo below.

If you are in need of hydroseeding or erosion control services please contact All Seasons Landscaping or visit our website here.

Choosing the Best Product for your CT Hydro seeding Project

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Jun
2013
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The Spring and Fall seasons result in an increased need and high demand for hydroseed and erosion control services. While some may still argue in favor of laid erosion control blanket solutions, hydraulic products that can be sprayed in a timely and environmentally safe manner are proving to be a better option.

Every soil erosion and hydroseeding project has specific job site requirements and details that if aren\’92t maintained properly can destroy the outcome of the job site, have costly benefits and break regulations that will result in hefty fines. When taking on a new job it is essential to choose the appropriate product.

Our new resource “Choose the Right Product for Your Next Hydroseed or Erosion Control Job” defines popular products that are used for hydro seeding and soil erosion control. This resource focuses only on sprayed applications; the benefits of each and when to use them. Using a spray mix of wood fibers or nutrients helps manage soil and water mixes while establishing vegetation. This breakthrough technology combined with professional landscaping contractors and the proper equipment delivers superior onsite results for erosion control and vegetation establishment.

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The Effect Natural Disasters have on Hydroseed & Erosion Control

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Jun
2013
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While natural disasters such as floods, fires, hurricanes and tornados can destroy miles of property in a short amount of time, everyday weather such as wind, rain and snow can also cause just as many problems on our jobsites. The unpredictable weather patterns inherent of our New England climate have a huge impact on the Earths soil, creating concerns for erosion control, storm water runoff control, and the creation of new developments. This makes soil protection a major priority for our industry.erosion-control-home

Something we cannot control is the affect that Mother Nature has on our environment. The damage caused can be devastating. For example, not only can fires destroy mass amounts of homes, but land as well. Hillsides and large areas of open land that are left exposed can become overwhelmed with rain, causing soil to slide and pour onto highways, waterways and homes.

It is then up to the professionals to try and fix the damage caused by weather. While this is a substantial job to complete, there are several methods and types of equipment that can help restore damaged areas and protect existing areas of the Earth\’92s soil.

Hydroseeding

Hydroseeding is a method that prevents soil erosion and creates an environment that is beneficial for plant growth because it is a combination of water, wood fiber mulch, seed and fertilizer.

With the new types of improved equipment available, it is becoming easier to hydro seed larger areas in a more efficient amount of time. The equipment is beneficial because it is able to access hard-to-reach areas, as well as use a variety of materials in each machine. The machines come in several different sizes in order to best complete individual jobs. Hydro seed makes it possible to plant seed, apply fertilizer, and install erosion control measures in individual applications, or combine them all together in one single application. Hydroseed when combined with a Flexible Growth Medium (FGM) and Bonded Fiber Matrix (BFM) allows water to run down a slope when it rains. When mulch is added and applied with seed, erosion issues are taken care of.

Hydro seed continues to be one of the easiest, cost and time efficient methods for controlling soil erosion and vegetation problems on job sites.

Erosion Control Matting and Blankets

Erosion control mats and blankets are other forms of erosion control protection for use on steep to moderate slopes, new landscaped areas, and drainage swales, channels, and ditches. These biodegradable devices are anchored into the ground with pins or staples, and have lots of ridges and crevices that help slow down the velocity of water, increasing water infiltration into the soil. These covers are often used during establishment of seed to increase germination while preventing erosion and storm water runoff on difficult sites. Erosion control mats and blankets can be made out of woven synthetic or natural fibers, or both. Some common materials are straw, coconut fiber, aspen fiber, jute, and polypropylene. There are different grades of these materials, depending on the severity of the slope and potential for high water runoff.

Hiring the right Landscaping Contractor

Investing in equipment for hydro seed or mulching can save your company significant time and money.  While it is a large investment the need to preserve our Earths soil has become greater than ever with the recent natural disasters that have been occurring. It is imperative that companies have the necessary equipment and knowledge to complete these jobs correctly and efficiently. Proven experience from subcontractors makes it easier for contractors to complete soil erosion or hydro seed projects on their construction sites quickly and efficiently.


Hydro Seed in CT: Bonded Fiber Matrices vs. Flexible Growth Medium

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May
2013
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While there are several types of Bonded Fiber Matrices (BFMs) available on the Hydroseeding market, they do not provide as high a level of protection and vegetation as a Flexible Growth Medium. They are, however, still a better option in several situations. Flexible Growth Medium on the other hand only has two products in its category, which include Flexterra HP-FGM and CocoFlex ET-FGM both of which out perform any other hydraulically applied mulch in terms of performance and longevity.

 

When to Hydroseed with FGM

FGM is the perfect solution when you are in need of immediate vegetation establishment or the site demands immediate erosion protection and you need to eliminate risk from approaching wet weather. This product is also perfect when a site is in need of both mechanical and chemical bonds to withstand greater surface flow and/or sever slopes. In terms of longevity, FGM can provide soil with erosion protection for 12 to 18 months.

Overall, Flexible Growth Medium is the perfect solution for soil erosion projects. It longevity and proven high performance makes it stand out and almost impossible for other products to compete as well as it can on the job site.

 

When to Hydroseed with BFM

Bonded Fiber Matrices are a valuable option when it is almost positive that heavy rains will not follow application. The soil must be dry and rain should not be expected within 24-28 hours of application. The chemical bond is strong enough to meet slope severity and longevity needs. The required functional longevity of soil protection is 12 months or less.

Bonded Fiber Matrix is the best choice for difficult terrain and extended longevity. BFM sprays on to the location as mulch, but dries to form a blanket which bonds with the soil to effectively prevent erosion. This makes the product more cost effective and results in quick application compared to erosion control blankets.

 

Key Takeaways

When it comes time for a hydroseed application make sure to ALWAYS check the composition of the product you are going to use. A BFM should consist of defibrated fibers and cross-linked insoluble hydro-colloidal tackifiers to provide erosion control and facilitate vegetation establishment on steep slopes. Other products may include fibers and tackifiers that only last up to three months and not effectively establish vegetation quickly.

Both BFMs and FGMs are successful when used for erosion control jobs, however FGM is usually the better choice. While both have several effective attributes FGMs will give you quicker vegetation establishment and better longevity.

 

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The Facts About Pro Matrix Engineered Fiber Matrix

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Apr
2013
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As spring quickly approaches the need for hydro seed and erosion control services will be in high demand. While some may still argue in favor of laid erosion control blanket solutions, hydraulic products that can be sprayed in a timely and environmentally safe manner are proving to be a better option.

Pro Matrix Engineered Fiber Matrix

Although there are several options for products to control erosion and establish vegetation the purpose of this article is to discuss the numerous benefits of ProMatrix Engineered Fiber Matrix (EFM). This product provides exceptional performance at a competitive price with environmentally safe benefits.

This Engineered Fiber Matrix was created to provide an edge when bidding on jobs that require Bonded Fiber Matrix and Stabilized Mulch Matrix hydraulic products. This product ensures erosion control and vegetative establishment is available at a fair price. This BFM holds the highest loading formulation with a ratio of 60 pounds per 100 gallons of water. The tank is able to hold 20% more, which enables quick loading. This combination ensures that the product is thoroughly mixed and equally distributed in a timely manner.

Not only does Pro Matrix Engineered Fiber Matrix have benefits for performance, but it is also safe, non-toxic, contains 100% recycled wood fibers and is 100% biodegradable. The 100% recycled thermally refined wood fibers are photo-sanitized which aid in eliminating weed seeds and pathogens. The fibers also help increase the strength and durability due to the interlocking man-made crimped fibers.

Overall, ProMatrix EFM is an easy to apply cost effective solution. The advanced solution optimizes water and nutrient retention resulting in a long lasting performance with longevity of up to 12 months. It\’92s quick germination and rapid vegetative establishment make this product efficient for jobs that need to be completed in a timely manner. It is a product with multiple benefits that contractors should be utilizing on their hydro seed and erosion control projects.

 

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