ompost Based erosion control has been and is being used on thousands of projects nationwide. Using compost to revegetate areas makes perfect sense, since it is an excellent growing medium. But where compost really shines is it's low erosivity, even prior to vegetation establishment. The forest floor is the least erosion prone natural ground cover, and what we are doing is mimicking the forest floor on eroded areas. A compost blanket can actually provide more immediate erosion control than laying sod, because of the intimate ground contact which is achieved upon installation. Compost is a bio-based, annually renewable product. It will absorb over 100% it's weight in water, and then slowly releases it back into the soil, creating a more drought resistant and drought tolerant vegetation solution. With the invention of tubular mesh products for compost containment, an entire "toolbox" is available for erosion and sediment control. As a bonus, compost possesses natural bioremediation characteristics, which means as it filters out sediment, it can also bind phosphorus and hydrocarbons, and over time change the hydrocarbons chemically to inert compounds. This has been proven in numerous research studies by universities, independent labs and the USDA and EPA, who now recommend compost over silt fence.
Compost Filter socks- to replace silt fence or slow water velocity on slopes- may be seeded or unseeded.
Compost Ditch Checks to replace rip rap or hay bales to slow water in ditch channels- may be seeded or unseeded.
Compost Blankets to replace hydroseeding, coir, jute, and other blankets
Compost Blankets Blue Ridge Parkway pictures
Compost Berms replace silt fencing, slows runoff, filters and bioremediates
Stream bank Stabilization using blankets, socks, living walls