Deep Ripping Not Appropriate for all Soil Types

A comprehensive understanding of the cause and location of high soil strength is required before undertaking deep ripping as research has shown it is does not provide an economic solution in some soil types.

KEY POINTS

  • Deep ripping of compacted soils is most likely to improve grain yields on sandy soils and where compaction has occurred on upper parts of the soil profile through machinery traffic or livestock trampling.
  • Deep ripping is less effective on heavy clay soils unless combined with gypsum on sodic soils prone to waterlogging.
  • Deep ripping will provide little benefit if other subsoil constraints such as salinity, sodicity or acidity are also present.
  • Recent advances in machinery, such as ‘slotting’ and deep placement equipment to simultaneously introduce ameliorants at depth with ripping, could increase the financial and agronomic effectiveness of this approach to managing subsoil constraints.

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Why UltraMat is the future

One of the biggest issues facing large-scale tree plantings is the cost of ongoing maintenance of the trees for years after. Not to mention replacing the ones that didnt make it.

Plant survival is one of the most important aspects of landscape and revegetation programmes. Potentially the ongoing costs of maintenance and replacing lost trees is significant, which are likely to continue to suffer from the same rate of attrition.

What if there was a solution to dramatically cut this cost and ensure a much higher success rate?

ultramat by bio-degradable productsThe solution is finally here – UltraMat.

The main features of this revolutionary new product are:

  • Stops weeds for up to 3 to 4 years
  • Captures and conserves water
  • Improves plant growth and survival
  • 95% biodegradable with 5% degradable and non toxic to environment
  • 100% block out
  • Manufactured in Australia

UltraMat is a brand new mulch mat, manufactured here in Australia from Palm fibres encased in non-woven  fully UV stabilised material, ultrasonically welded with no glues or adhesives.

UltraMat’s applications include public and private landscaping, forestry, native tree revegetation, many horticultural operations including tree and vine growers, and soil erosion control.

In landscaping situations, UltraMat directly substitutes for woody mulch. UltraMat has independently verified benefits for both crop performance and the environment.

ULTRAMAT CAPTURES AND CONSERVES WATER

For every 1mm of rain per square meter UltraMat will capture 1 litre of water.

UltraMat is unique as it actually captures moisture that is required to support the growth of a new tree. Mulch conserves soil moisture by reducing the evaporation of water from the soil by sun and wind. Water losses can be considerable if mulch is not used to create a vapour barrier. Trials have shown that mulch has an influence on soil moisture to a depth of 10cm2. Using UltraMat is particularly important for establishing plants, collecting and conserving water around the root ball before a deeper more extensive root mass forms. UltraMat has been shown to have significantly higher soil moisture than bare soil.

ULTRAMAT SUPPORTS PLANT GROWTH

Enhanced growth rates have been observed in Pittosporum tree growth trials. Tree growth, as measured by the increase in trunk circumference, was more than twice as much in the UltraMat treatments compared to the weedy unmaintained control. Although not statistically different, trees surrounded by UltraMat outperformed the herbicide weed control treatment by over 30%. 

One explanation for the enhanced tree performance is that the insulating properties of UltraMat reduced diurnal temperature fluctuations and extremes, which in turn have a positive effect on plant growth. Faster tree growth, combined with greater plant survival can represent significant cost savings with few plants and lower ongoing maintenance.

Australian trials have also confirmed high worm populations under UltraMat, leading to better soil structure and fertility.

ULTRAMAT FOR ADDED BENEFITS

UltraMat can be used as a device for carrying a wide range of agricultural and horticultural value added benefits. No other mulch can do this. It has the capability to add liquid organically certified fertiliser between the ultrasonic welded top and bottom layers. Methods could be found for adding other fertilisers, biochar, enzymes, organic acids and beneficial bacteria. Ultramat is also very easily coloured with environmentally safe pigments. On the top we can provide a red or pink mat which can improve crop quality and size. This is an area of ongoing and exciting research.

Download the current price list or call Matt on 0418 654 231 with any questions or orders.

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Special Pricing available for all Government Agencies, Landcare and CMA members.

Tree Care

Bio-Degradable Products offers a wide range of tree care products.

Please click on the links below for more information on our current product range:

For a copy of the most recent price list, call Tony on 0409 033 933 or email tony@bdproducts.com.au

Special Pricing available for all Government Agencies, Landcare and CMA members. 

Tri-Cone Tree Guards

tree guards by BDPAUSTRALIAN MADE TRI-CONE TREE GUARDS

DESIGNED FOR THE WAY TREES WANT TO GROW

These distinctive, highly visible pink tree guards are made of UV stabilised fluted plastic and are designed to protect seedlings from:

  • Herbicide drift
  • Wind
  • Sun
  • Dehydration
  • Predators
  • Adverse conditions

KEY BENEFITS

  • Can be re-used up to 3 times
  • Strong and durable for Australian conditions
  • Fully recyclable
  • Easy to install with a single stake
  • Easy to remove
  • Promotes improved growth rates
  • Packs flat for easy storage and transport

The tree guards have been used at the National Arboretum Canberra to decrease wind, rabbit and kangaroo damage to saplings:

SIZES & PRICING

  • Pioneer Guard: 250 x 130 x 95 mm high. For fast-growing young upright trees (e.g. eucalyptus, casurinas, acacias).
  • Shrub Guard: 500 x 280 x 380 mm high. Suitable for wide spreading low-growing shrubs
  • All-Rounder Guard: 380 x 250 x 600 mm high. Gives greater protection for slower growing trees which need long-term protection
  • Jumbo Guard: 600 x 300 x 755 mm high, requires 2–3 stakes. Ideal for advanced trees and fruit trees which need ultimate predator protection. Will protect from animals up to the size of a sheep

Traditional sizes:

  • 550 mm x 550 mm x 900 mm (stakes/mat not included – need three 22 mm x 22 mm x 1500 mm stakes stakes and a 650 mm x 650 mm weed mat) – Suitable for orchard trees and advanced trees. This guard provides the ultimate protection against predation
  • 550 mm x 550 mm x 1350 mm which is created from one and a half 550 mm x 550 mm x 900 mm guards (stakes/mat not included – need three 22 mm x 22 mm x 1800 mm stakes stakes and a 650 mm x 650 mm weed mat) – Suitable for orchard trees and advanced trees. This guard provides the ultimate protection against predation

We can also design and construct tree guards to suit any specific purpose.

why pink tree guardsWHY PINK?

Visible light can be split into a spectrum of colours. Green leaves absorb light from the red fraction to drive photosynthesis. Research has demonstrated that the colour pink reflects and focuses the red fraction, concentrating this photosynthetic energy to enhance plant growth. (Other colours are available on request)

As you can see in the comparison here, the pink colour of the guards accelerates growth due to stimulation of photosynthesis.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Store in a cool, dry environment out of direct sunlight
  • All guards require stakes
  • Tree Guards include a hillside fold for sloping sites, and an optional anchor pin for high wind zones is available

For a copy of the most recent price list, call Tony on 0409 033 933 or email tony@bdproducts.com.au

Special Pricing available for all Government Agencies, Landcare and CMA members. 

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FibreMat™

FibreMat™ from Bio-Degradable Products

FibreMat™ is made from Palm fibre, a 100% organic fibre, from a renewable source.

FibreMat is available in 1800gsm that is far superior to any jute mat currently available.

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.

FibreMat offers:

  • 100 % Natural 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.

For a copy of the most recent price list, call Tony on 0409 033 933 or email tony@bdproducts.com.au

Special Pricing available for all Government Agencies, Landcare and CMA members. 

UltraMat™

ultramat by bio-degradable productsULTRAMAT – THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION

  • Stops weeds for up to 3 to 4 years
  • Captures and conserves water
  • Improves plant growth and survival
  • 95% biodegradable with 5% degradable and non toxic to environment
  • 100% block out
  • Manufactured in Australia

UltraMat™ is a revolutionary new mulch mat, manufactured in Australia from Palm fibres encased in non-woven  fully UV stabilised material, ultrasonically welded with no glues or adhesives.

UltraMat’s applications include public and private landscaping, forestry, native tree revegetation, many horticultural operations including tree and vine growers, and soil erosion control.

In landscaping situations, UltraMat directly substitutes for woody mulch. UltraMat has independently verified benefits for both crop performance and the environment.

PUTTING WASTE TO WORK

Over 90 million tons of palm fibre waste is produced each year. What would otherwise be a high environmental cost, is turned into a mulch that improves plant growth and reduces greenhouse gas emissions!

ULTRAMAT STOPS WEEDS

UltraMat has been shown to stop weeds for 3 to 4 years.

ULTRAMAT CAPTURES AND CONSERVES WATER

For every 1mm of rain per square meter UltraMat will capture 1 litre of water.

UltraMat is unique as it actually captures moisture that is required to support the growth of a new tree. Mulch conserves soil moisture by reducing the evaporation of water from the soil by sun and wind. Water losses can be considerable if mulch is not used to create a vapour barrier. Trials have shown that mulch has an influence on soil moisture to a depth of 10cm2. Using UltraMat is particularly important for establishing plants, collecting and conserving water around the root ball before a deeper more extensive root mass forms. UltraMat has been shown to have significantly higher soil moisture than bare soil.

ULTRAMAT SUPPORTS PLANT GROWTH

Enhanced growth rates have been observed in Pittosporum tree growth trials. Tree growth, as measured by the increase in trunk circumference, was more than twice as much in the UltraMat treatments compared to the weedy unmaintained control. Although not statistically different, trees surrounded by UltraMat outperformed the herbicide weed control treatment by over 30%.

One explanation for the enhanced tree performance is that the insulating properties of UltraMat reduced diurnal temperature fluctuations and extremes, which in turn have a positive effect on plant growth. Faster tree growth, combined with greater plant survival can represent significant cost savings with few plants and lower ongoing maintenance.

Australian trials have also confirmed high worm populations under UltraMat, leading to better soil structure and fertility.

ULTRAMAT FOR PLANT SURVIVAL

Plant survival is one of the most important aspects of landscape and revegetation programmes. Potentially the ongoing costs of maintenance and replacing lost trees is significant, which are likely to continue to suffer from the same rate of attrition.

ULTRAMAT FOR ADDED BENEFITS

UltraMat can be used as a device for carrying a wide range of agricultural and horticultural value added benefits. No other mulch can do this. It has the capability to add liquid organically certified fertiliser between the ultrasonic welded top and bottom layers. Methods could be found for adding other fertilisers, biochar, enzymes, organic acids and beneficial bacteria. UltraMat is also very easily coloured with environmentally safe pigments. On the top we can provide a red or pink mat which can improve crop quality and size. This is an area of ongoing and exciting research.

For a copy of the most recent price list, call Tony on 0409 033 933 or email tony@bdproducts.com.au

Special Pricing available for all Government Agencies, Landcare and CMA members. 

UltraMat™ Patent Pending # 2013901092

Who is bd products?

john hall and matt kilbybd products (Bio-Degradable Products) was created by two men who are dedicated to making a difference – John Hall and Matt Kilby.

Both well known in the horticulture and agricultural industries, John and Matt been developing products over the past 3 years and formalised the company operation as Bio-Degradable Products in 2013.

Matt is now contracted exclusively to bd products and is charged with educating and inspiring people everywhere to plant trees for future survival.

Our Mission

To repair the degradation of earth by planting trees as many trees as possible, as quickly as possible, with a system to ensure maximum survival, growth rates and simplicity of care.

Our Vision

bd products is passionate about growing trees and getting best possible outcome for better survival and growth rates.

After all, what is the point of planting millions of trees if most of them die?

Our products encourage a culture of ‘Do it right first time’ so we can ensure the replanting of our planet.

It’s all about ‘Global survival’ – we want to work with as many people, companies and governments as possible on the best ways to plant more trees for our future generations to enjoy for many, many years to come.

Our Values

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Loyalty to the cause
  • Sincerity in message
  • Best products, highest standards

To find out more about bd products, please get in touch.