How An Erosion Mat Keeps Slopes From Disappearing

By: Mark Sierra

Erosion is a problem in almost every environment under many varied conditions. To solve this, erosion mats are used. If an erosion mat is to be implemented, then there are two types to choose from.

For a non-channel area, an erosion mat that can be rolled out to protect the topsoil from rainfall and wind damage should be put in place. This is a covering to protect the barren dirt from wind and water erosion. The covering is regularly made of a biodegradable substance like straw or coconut fiber, but other types of plant life can be used. They are generally bound together with biodegradable matting or netting component. This is also made of a biodegradable material so that it only lasts until vegetation has established a root system that holds the soil in together. Another effect of using an erosion mat is that moisture is absorbed with this form of covering. This side bonus is a major contributor to the generation of plant life. This is mainly used on small sloping areas. The steeper the grade of the slope, the more netting material that will be necessary to keep the soil in place with a protective covering.

There is also a channel erosion mat. These are made up of the same substance as a non-channel mat, but also include wood chips. Unlike the non-channel erosion mats, this type of mat is specifically created to endure during unexpected formations of channeled water. These types of mats are also very effective in temporary channels or channels that have intermittent water present.

This erosion matting is rolled and put into place for the same purpose as the non-channel mat, and that is to give plant life a chance to establish a root system. There are three different types of classes of this protective mat. The right class for your needs will be decided by the sheer stress needed and duration for the mat to remain before returning to its natural state.

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