Erosion Control

hh_fibrem1Ultra Mulch Mat™,  Checker Mulch Mat™and Fibre Mulch Mat™ are all made from Palm fibre, a 100% organic fibre, from a renewable source.

Hard and strong, it can be manufactured into matting. These mats have the right strength and durability to protect the slopes from erosion, while allowing vegetation to flourish. They can dissipate the energy of flowing water and also absorb the excess solar radiation.

Palm Fibre Mats offer:

  • 100 % Natural fibre, extracted from Palm fibre
  • Adds organic material to soil
  • Promotes vegetative growth
  • 100% Bio-degradable and environmentally friendly
  • Tough, durable, versatile and resilient
  • High tear-strength resistance
  • Easy to install / maintain / patch-up.
  • Follows the contour of the soil surface.
  • Hygroscopic properties (absorbing or attracting moisture from the air)
  • High tensile strength
  • Can absorb water, allowing re-vegetation in low rain areas
  • Can dissipate the energy of following water and absorb the excess solar radiation.
  • Can be successfully utilized in controlling even the steepest of slopes from erosion.

There are two main function of using Palm fibre in our mats:

1. MULCHING

palm fibre mat for mulching

Mulching is a method for soil conditioning. It helps with moisture retention in the soil, thereby enhancing its quality for healthier plant growth particularly in hot countries with long periods of dry weather. In addition, it retards growth of undesirable weeds, detrimental to plants. Traditionally, various materials have been utilized for mulching. These include Palm fibre from oil palm, wood chippings, plastic mats etc. Palm Fibre Mat is made from oil palm fibres. The nature of it allows for free flow of water through to the ground whilst also acting as a protective layer. Palm fibre is suitable for various plants including oil palm, rubber, durian and other fruit trees.

Advantages of Palm fibre for mulching:

  • Reduce labor cost, i.e. weeding and up keeping of plants; handling of Palm fibre.
  • Reduction on fertilizers, i.e. more efficient utilization of fertilizer. Fertilizer concentration on mats and gradual release into soil improves optimal absorption for plants. Losses of fertilizer in the surrounding areas away from plants are minimized.
  • Reduction of transportation effort and cost as the mats are easy to handle, i.e. compact and lighter.
  • Reduction in chemical usage, e.g. weed – killers and insecticides for beetles, etc.
  • Health and safety of staff are not unnecessarily compromised as there is less need to handle weed – killers that can endanger their health and well – being.
  • Easier recovery of loose fruits on the mats.
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2. EROSION CONTROL

palm fibre for erosion control

Palm Fibre is best for the controlling of soil erosion and conditioning soil. Made from palm fiber, it is naturally resistant to fungal and bacterial decomposition and is cheaper and environmentally friendly than the usual synthetic geotextiles. They hold soil in place and prevent erosion, dissipating the force of heavy rains and run of water. It provides good soil support for years, allowing natural vegetation to become established. Palm Fibre Mat promotes the growth of new vegetation by absorbing water and preventing the topsoil from drying out. As it has strength and durability, it protects slopes and help natural vegetation to take root. Over a period of time the eco-friendly and biodegradable coir disintegrates completely, leaving only humus.

Application

  • Roadway, highway, pathway and railway embankments
  • Lake ,pond, river, irrigation and drainage channel banks
  • Exposed or newly developed slopes with risk of erosion.
  • Desert Area (Reduce floating sand and dust)
  • Residential Area (Beautification and Landscaping)

Advantage of Palm Fibre Mat for Erosion Control

  • Faster binding of soil
  • Excellent air and water permeability
  • Enough sunlight passes through
  • Holds the seeds and saplings in place
  • High water retaining capacity
  • Excellent medium for quick vegetation
  • Degrades over the years
  • Allows for deep rooting of plants and provides nutrients.
  • Easy to install and follows the contour of the soil surface.
  • Eco-friendly and nonpolluting.

Palm Fibre Specifications

Size (Width x Length) :

  • 1m x 1m (with cut to centre) — Mulching
  • 5m x 5m (with cut to centre) – Mulching
  • 2m x 20m rolls — Erosion Control

Thickness: Approx. 16mm – 18mm

Application Technique for Palm Fibre

Site Assessment

The first step in the application of Palm Fibre Mat is to make a detailed study of the sites; Slope assessment, nature and consistency of the soil cover, the extent of damage, rainfall patterns etc. to make the right and relevant choice of Palm Fibre Mat for the site, as well as the seeds or saplings.

Site Preparation and Laying Procedure

The ground has to be prepared by removing protruding stones, earth masses etc. The surface must be made relatively free of weeds, stones, roots, sticks, rivulets, gullies, crusting and caking. After preparing the soil surface, the seeds have to be applied on the surface by hand broadcasting or by hydraulic means and the blanket/mat must be laid over the seeds almost immediately. The seeds/plants have to be obtained depending on the climatic conditions, preferably the local species as per client’s instructions. The seeds after germination should take up deep rooting system. The seeds should match the soil conditions to get optimum germination, root development, vegetation density and longevity.

The erosion control blankets are to be laid in the direction of the water flow starting from the top to the bottom. The top portion has to be anchored in a cut trench and stapled or spiked to fix properly. Similar procedure has to be followed at the bottom of the slope also for best results. The blankets may be anchored with 11 gauge wire staples, of size 8” x 2” x 8” (U shaped) One or two doses of sprinkling is recommended if the weather is hot and dry. For the first few days, the moisture levels must be properly monitored to facilitate easy germination of the seeds. The blanket will protect the slopes against rain water. The vegetation will get established to protect the slopes permanently and achieve greening effect on the surface.

Seeding/Planting Methods

Quick germination, sod forming, grass species must be used whenever possible. While seeding/planting always match the seed/sapling to be used with the local soil conditions for optimum results. Standard seed broadcast methods are acceptable prior to erosion control blanket installation.

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Special Pricing available on our range of weed mulch mat, tree guards and hardwood stakes for all Government Agencies, Landcare and CMA members.