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4 Reasons Why Correctly Installed Silt Fences are Important

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In Australia, compliant silt fence, sediment and erosion control products are important for all parts of construction, landscaping and excavation projects.

Correctly installed Silt Fences, also known as Sediment Fences, are critical in preventing onsite and offsite erosion, protecting our environment & local waterways, pertaining to council regulations, and maintaining building integrity amongst the community.

1. Prevent Stormwater Pollution

Soil erosion from building, development, excavation and construction sites is a major source of stormwater pollution. When it enters our waterways, sediment (such as soil, sand, silt, mud) and litter washed from urban areas can cause major short & long-term environmental problems. A single building site can lose up to four truckloads of soil in one rain storm. Sediment washed from building sites into gutters and stormwater drains can clog up streams full of silt, cause flooding and affect water quality and fish stocks in our creeks, rivers and coastal waters. Stormwater flowing untreated into our waterways that provide vital habitats for animals and plants.

Correct installation of quality silt fence, helps prevent silt, soil and other debris from construction sites running into our local streams & waterways in a rain event, protecting our local environment from such pollution.

  

2. Abide to Council Regulations, Avoid Costly Fines

Because of the effect stormwater pollution has on our environment, local councils & government bodies strictly regulate construction & building sites to ensure they meet environment regulations to help protect our local waterways. Failing to install compliant erosion control measures can be a costly exercise and result in on the spot fines and sanctions from government bodies & local councils. Fines can exceed up to $10,000 – especially for repeat offenses.

3. Prevent On-Site Erosion

By correctly putting preventative erosion control measures in place before a rainfall event, this can protect a worksite project from costly erosion damage. Major erosion damage can easily occur when there is a severe storm, torrential rain, flash flooding or just a quick downfall of rain; all such weather events that happen regularly in parts of Australia, especially in South East Queensland.

  

4. Integrity of your Site Works

As part of the construction industry it is vital to abide by laws and regulations for obvious legal reasons, but ethically it is just as important to do so, in order to keep an upstanding reputation amongst the community.

Work sites are typically exposed to the general public, and a site seen to be polluting the local environment can have drastic negative consequences to a business’ reputation; and terrible repercussions to the overall business. All it takes is one bad photo shared on social media or a quick complaint to the council to expose a company and create major backlash. On the flip-side, a company shown to be proactive in environmental and erosion control measures helps promote a strong public image, with an overall care for the local environment and community.

  

Quality – Not All Fences Are Equal

Quality of the silt fence material is important, as is correct installation. Unfortunately, not all silt fence materials are the same quality, with some cheaply made silt fence material not UV stabilised, causing it to deteriorate quickly when exposed to direct sunlight. Also, if the fibre fabric material is too thin, it does not have the strength to stop the flow of contaminated water, and again fall apart quickly. When having sediment control measures such as silt fence installed – it needs to last the time required. Aussie Environmental’s silt fence rolls are of the highest quality, UV stabilised woven material with heavy duty 100gsm thickness for added strength, to ensure it lasts the test of time.

Silt Fence Supply & Installtion

Aussie Environmental are leaders in quality Silt Fence Installation with over 10 years of experience servicing South East Queensland using a high-tech trenchless system when installing their silt fences where no trenching or back filling is required.

Aussie Environmental also supplies Silt Fence rolls Australia wide.

Silt Fence Rolls

What Is The Difference Between Hydroseeding and Hydromulching?

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Whether you are looking to revegetate cleared land on residential property, a construction site project or are preparing a mine site sustainability plan, you’ve probably heard the terms ‘hydroseeding’ and ‘hydromulching’ as you research an effective rehabilitation or revegetation strategy.

Hydroseeding and hydromulching are both efficient and effective alternatives to traditional planting processes, such as hand seeding, drill seeding and sod applications. Both methods are more economical than laying turf, they can reach rough terrain or otherwise inaccessible areas such as high grade slopes, and produce thicker, healthier vegetation that binds with the ground surface soil to effectively protect and prevent against erosion.

Although the terms ‘hydromulching’ and ‘hydroseeding’ are often used interchangeably (in practice) to describe this type of revegetation method, there are some core differences between the practical applications of hydroseeding and hydromulching:

Hydromulching - ‘Spray On Grass’

Hydromulch is a formulation of organic mulch fibres, a slurry of seeds, fertiliser, water and a binding agent known as a tackifier, which is applied to the area to be revegetated using specialised broadcasting machinery, with the media being sprayed directly onto the surface. The mulch acts as a cover for the seed, helping it to retain moisture for faster germination and growth, while protecting the soil from erosion and the seeds from washing away in a rain event. Hydromulching has proven to be very effective for the fast re-establishment and revegetation of large land areas, and commercial and constructions sites, and is especially effective on hillsides and high grade slopes, with immediate and effective erosion control and fast planting benefits.

Hydroseeding - ‘Liquid Grass Seed’

Like hydromulch, hydroseed consists of a mixture of water, seed and fertiliser which is broadcast/sprayed onto the area to be revegetated, however, unlike hydromulch, it contains no wood fibre mulch, and therefore has no capacity for erosion control. Applied the same as hydromulch, hydroseeding uses water as a carrier to spray seed and fertiliser onto the seedbed. Specially designed hydroseeding machinery allows the operator to agitate the hydroseed mixture to ensure even and constant mixing of ingredients so that the designated area is evenly covered and without sparse or patchy spots. The hydroseed mix is sprayed using hoses which makes it an effective way of distributing seed and fertiliser, especially for large or hard-to-reach areas where alternative seeding methods aren’t easily accomplished. Hydroseeding has become a popular and cost-effective alternative to traditional forms of establishing grasses and other vegetation over large areas with seed, such as broadcast and drill seeding.

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Hydroseeding and Hydromulching Benefits

Hydroseeding and hydromulching are efficient and sustainable methods of rehabilitating and revegetating cleared lands on construction or mine sites, especially when compared to traditional forms of seeding.

Hydroseeding and hydromulching:

  • Quicker and easier to install than traditional seeding methods.
  • Typically cheaper than laying turf or hand seeding.
  • Retains moisture to support faster vegetation growth.
  • Minimise erosion to support strong, healthy vegetation growth.
  • Completely safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly seeding methods.

Dry Harsh Conditions

Hydroseeding is only suitable for broadcasting grass and other seeds, but is not recommended when coverage is required in dry or harsh conditions. It is recommended that hydromulching is carried out in preference to hydroseeding alone. Hydromulching helps maintain moisture around the seed, decreasing seed mortality rates through the protective nature of the mulch, which accelerates growth and germination rates.

Aussie Environmental provide hydromulching and hydroseeding services, click the button for more information.

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Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC)

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Aussie Environmental can now provide accredited Internationally recognised Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC) services. This accreditation paired with our many years of installation and product experience allows us to provide practical advice that meets regulated Best Practice. This also enables us to provide Certified ESC Plans, audits, compliance assessments and advice.

Aussie Environmental are proud to extend our services & practices, we look forward to helping our future clients whether it be private land owners and small scale developments through to large civil projects.

To learn more about CPESC  click this link: www.envirocertintl.org/cpesc

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A Guide For Implementing Spill Containment Devices In The Workplace.

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Why You Need To Be Implementing Spill Containment Devices In The Workplace

There are a lot of businesses that use chemicals or store chemicals onsite including factories, laboratories and automotive workshops. A wide range of business are at risk of hazardous chemical spills, environmental contamination and health and safety risks (chemical vapours, slip hazard & fire risks). All business dealing with chemicals should be prepared to respond to the spill by safely containing the spill and dispose of contaminated materials correctly. Here we discuss implementing spill containment devices safely and effectively in the workplace.

Types Of Spill Containment Devices

Spill Kits:

Universal Spill Kit Contents with bag

Spill kits are kits which include a range of items and tools needed to contain a variety of spills or leaks. They are designed for quick or emergency response clean up. Spill Kits vary in size from 20l to over 400l.

There are three main types of spill kits :

• General – For general non-aggressive chemicals

• Oil & Fuel – For oil and fuel substances

• Chemical – For Hazardous chemicals

Other more specialised spill kits generally fall under the emergency spill kit category which can include: biohazards (biochemical spill kits), marine spills, acid spills, alkali spills and lab & medical spills.

Bunding:

Portable floor bunding

Bunding products are design to simply contain a spill within the workplace by creating a barrier around the spill. There are various types of bunding products including: flexible floor bunding, portable floor bunding and rubber bunding.

Drain covers:

Weighted drain cover for spill protection\

Drain covers are covers which are placed over stormwater drains to stop liquids or containment’s from entering into stormwater systems.

Where To Store Spill Containment Devices

Storing your spill containment devices in the office or being locked away in storage can cause environmental contamination if the spill is not contained in a timely manner. Devices should be placed in locations where you can respond to the spill quickly and within easy reach for employees to deploy.

Ideal locations include:

Folk lifts: Placing a compact emergency spill containment kit behind the seat of your folk lift provides quick and instant access in an event of a spill.

Loading Docks: Having transport vehicles being loaded with liquid containers or chemicals and constantly coming in and out of your business means increased chances of a spill. Loading docks are and ideal location to keep a spill kit handy.

Work vehicles: Having a spill kit in the back of your cab is ideal placement if your transporting any liquids, hazard chemicals or during fuel transfer.

Other locations include: warehouses, manufacturing areas and near outdoor containers to name a few.

Maintaining Stock Levels

Maintaining stock levels and maintenance of spill kits is important for work place staff and responders as they rely on the kits to do their job at their designed capacity levels. Stock levels and maintenance checks should be in place on a regular basis, keeping kits replenished to the required amount and replacing any damaged items.

Staff Training in devices and spill containment procedures

Make sure all staff are trained in the deployment and spill containment procedures.

All companies dealing with liquids and potential spills should understand the have access to a spill response procedure or plan. This outlines the required steps for your employees to follow in the event of a spill. Full training should be provided to all staff dealing with spills, this includes but no limited to:

• Identifying the spill

 Emergency response plan/procedure (when and when not to treat dangerous spills, toxic or corrosive chemicals, vapours & fire hazards)

• Wearing the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

• Containment and clean-up of the spill

• Correct disposal of waste and contaminants

Training should be kept up to date with all employees dealing with spills, training can be done in-house with the help of your occupational health and safety officer or externally via an expert service provider.

Aussie Environmental supply a range of spill containment devices, click the button for more information.

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100% Biodegradable Erosion Control Pins

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What Are Biodegradable Pins?

GreenStake™ Biodegradable Pins are a 100% biodegradable product for anchoring (pinning down / retaining) a wide variety of landscape fabrics including erosion control blankets, erosion control meshes, weed mat and geotextiles. They can also be used on sports-grounds, golf courses and turf or lawn installation.

GreenStake™ Biodegradable Pins are made from plant based materials derived from wheat and potato starches.

Biodegradable Pins Vs Degradable Pins

Biodegradable pins are pins which contain zero petrochemical plastics and break down into compost like material with no other by product left behind or created once decomposed.

Degradable pins can still contain petrochemical plastics which brake down into smaller pieces when exposed to sunlight and heat over long periods of time.

Because of this process these smaller pieces of plastics can remain in the ground without disintegrating due to the lack of sun exposure and heat when buried in the ground.

There are a lot of companies claiming or mistakenly selling their pins as biodegradable or biobased plastics but are actually classified as degradable.

Products and materials must also confirm to international standards of what is classed as biodegradable. These standards state to be 100% biodegradable the material must break down via composting process with only carbon dioxide, water and humus (constituent of soil make up) as the end result with no other by products. GreenStake™ Pins conform to ASTM Standard D6400 and the International Standard EN13432. Other degradable products do not conform to these standards and can still contain petro-chemical based plastics.

Degradable pins are generally cheaper to buy due to plastic being cheaper material and they are also a lot easier to manufacture than biodegradable pins.

Why Use Biodegradable Pins Over Steel Pins?

GreenStake™ Biodegradable Pins are a safer alternative than steel based pins in application of heavy traffic (people, animals and machinery), eliminating the risk of injury and damaging machinery.

GreenStake™ Biodegradable Pins have greater holding and gripping power due to its greater surface area and also include barbs on the pins shaft, this design means that the 15cm biodegradable pin has as much gripping power as a 30cm steel pin would have.

Biodegradable pins are also better for the environment only breaking down into carbon dioxide, water and humus (compost).

Pin Inserted for erosion control Blanket
Barbs with Soil from Biodegradable Pins

How long will it take for biodegradable pins to break down?

GreenStake™ Biodegradable Pins break down naturally in the soil via microbial activity.

The pins are designed to last over 18 months before before biodegrading. Please note that degrading times can vary due to changes in temperature, moisture and microbial activity.

How long can I store GreenStake™ Biodegradable Pins?

GreenStake™ Biodegradable pins can be stored dry indefinitely in typical warehouse or shopfront conditions, biodegradation only begins when in contact with the soil.

Take a look at the biodegradable pin breaking down.

The head of the biodegradable pin did not biodegrade at the same rate as the shaft due to the head sticking 3.8cm out of the soil during the test for identification purposes.

Don’t forget to ask us about our bulk buy discounts.

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Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Measures For Construction Sites

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Erosion is an ongoing process in all landscapes. Therefore, erosion and sediment control is an activity that all land managers have to manage. There are legal responsibilities to take all reasonable and practicable measures to minimise short and long-term soil erosion and minimise adverse effects of sediment transport.

Adverse effects may include water quality and aquatic health issues, drainage and flow problems, damage to adjoining infrastructure and environments and increased clean-up costs.

Erosion and sediment control (ESC) measures need to be in place on all construction site where exposed soils may arise.

So what are some of the erosion and sediment control (ESC) measures that can be used for your construction site?

Silt Fence

Silt fence is a temporary sediment control device to contain coarse sediments runoff used on a variety of work sites.

Made from a woven geotextile fabric it is installed with timber stakes or star pickets along the downhill side of the fence.

The silt fence should create a barrier where runoff pools and allows water to flow through the fence while containing coarse sediments.

Aussie Environmental provide trench-less silt fence installation services for your site.

What are the benefits of static slicing (trench-less) silt fence technique vs the standard trenching technique?

The static slicing method can be installed 2 to 4 times faster than the trenching method, this saves construction and civil sites time, money and labour.

Static slicing installation can hold more water or runoff and has less seepage than a standard trenched silt fence during unforeseen rain events, this means the silt fence will perform better in the long run and need less maintenance overall.

Using machinery (Slicing) rather than man power (trenching) is more accurate and consistent, making it easier to follow compliance’s and also produces less mistakes during the installation process.

Additionally, the sliced method of installation generally provides a stronger, higher performing and longer lasting silt fence.

Silt Fence Installation Sunshine Coast

Erosion Control Blankets

Erosion Control Blankets provide a protective barrier to disturbed soil until vegetation takes hold. They also provide temporary erosion protection by protecting against water and wind erosion, whilst promoting vegetation growth. Erosion control blankets can either be a full blanket like material or come in a mesh like structure. These blankets and meshes are usually made out of natural materials such as coconut fibre and jute fibre. They can also be made from synthetic geotextile materials.

Matting should be anchored to the ground using metal retaining pins sometimes called ground stables. On steep slopes 2-3 retaining pins should inserted every square metre.

Aussie Environmental offers a wide variety of erosion control blanket and mesh products to suit your particular needs, to find out more see the links at the end of the blog.

Erosion Control Blanket Installation Services

Coir Logs

Coir Logs are a 100% biodegradable erosion control device made from coconut fibre. They are shaped like logs with an outer coir twine/rope netting that surrounds compacted coir fibre. Lightweight and easy to install they are ideal for constructing check structures, sediment control, managing changes in stream flow velocity, shaping channels and stabilising banks & shorelines.

An environmentally friendly solution for bush regeneration projects, Coir Logs help retain soil, whilst providing a structure for vegetation to establish and take hold for long term stabilisation.

Coir Logs are also an environmentally friendly alternative to hay bales. Hay bales not only break down quickly and are harder to manage, they are often contaminated with weed seed.

All Aussie Environmental’s coir logs feature pre-drilled holes for quicker and easier peg installation, with a life expectancy from 2-4 years.

Coir Log Bank Installation From Aussie Environmental
Coir Logs
Coir Log Installation Bank Wall For Erosion Bank Control

Hydromulching

Hydromulching is used for erosion control/revegetation and is the mechanical application of seed, mulch, fertiliser, tackifier (sticking agent) and water to form a wet mixture called a slurry. These ingredients are combined and then pumped onto exposed soil to achieve grass coverage.

Aussie Environmental can supply a range of seed mixes including standard seasonal seed mixes and native seed mix blends that are endemic to the area. Other soil amendments and growth stimulants can be added depending on end result sought and site conditions. We recommend a soil test be undertaken to achieve best results.

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Hydroseeding Bank Spray
Hydromulching Rail Project Growth Results for Erosion Control from Aussie Environmental

Silt Curtain

Silt Curtains or Turbidity Curtain are floating marine barriers that sit in a body of water in aquatic systems to prevent silt and sediment from spreading.

Silt Curtains are used for dredging, excavation, piling operations, rock walling and other aquatic construction activities. They are designed to contain suspended silt and sediment so that it can settle to the marine floor. Silt Curtain come in a variety of skirt lengths catering for varying water levels.

Aussie Environmental can supply and install a range of Marine and Waterways Protection products for your site including Silt Curtain (Turbidity Curtain), Aquatic Weed Boom, Fence Booms and Containment Booms.

Silt Curtain Sediment Control

Soil Binder and Dust Control

Dust generated from construction sites can cause major issues to surrounding properties, businesses and the environment.

Aussie Environmental provide dust suppression and ground stabilisation using a cost-effective spray which creates a durable veneer coating over ground cover. Soil binder is an environmentally-friendly sprayed-on polymer which penetrates the top layer of the soil and forms a durable layer that bonds to the underlying surface. Our soil binding polymer supports revegetation and seed germination while protecting against soil erosion and maintaining dust control over long periods of time. Soil binding can be applied quickly and easily with little to no soil preparation required. Soil binding is a low maintenance erosion control application which keeps the soil in place. Unlike other sources of erosion control soil binder does not need continual maintenance saving you time and money.

Dust Suppression Spray

Silt Socks / Silt Bags

Silt Socks are made with a geotextile fabric and are commonly filled with rock or gravel to allow water to pass through whilst capturing the majority of coarse sediment. Aussie Environmental silt socks are available in a standard UV stabilised polypropylene, a heavy duty UV stabilised polypropylene, UV stabilised geofabric as well as a non-woven geotextile.

Aussie Environmental also supply heavy duty rubber filled silt socks, filled with recycled rubber enabling them to be reusable, easily transportable and driven over by vehicles.

Filled Silt Bag Heavy Duty
2m Rubber Filled Reusable Silt Sock
Rubber Filled Silt Socks Reusable

Aussie Environmental can provide realistic solutions on implementing a range of erosion and sediment control (ESC) measures so you can manage your site and minimise (or totally remove) your impact on waterways and the wider environment.

10 years of installation experience

Aussie Environmental have over 10 years of experience and knowledge to advise you on best practices and techniques for optimal installation and compliances.

Aussie Environmental provide a range of services including: silt fence installation, hydromulching (hydroseeding), erosion control blanket installation, dust suppression, silt curtain installation and much more.

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Garden Supplies – Coir Products

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Aussie Environmental specialise in a range of coir based and biodegradable garden supplies.

We’re a big believer in biodegradable and renewable products by providing a range of eco friendly products for erosion control, landscaping, revegetation and gardening.

Let’s take a look at some of our garden products below and how they can benefit your home garden.

Hydroponic growing medium

Aussie Environmental also sell a natural soil less hydroponic medium call Coir Mulch or Coir Peat.

If your looking to increase your hydroponic growing results coir mulch may be what you are looking for. It’s stated as an excellent hydroponic growing medium, has an ideal pH ranging from 5.5-7, holds 22% air even when fully saturated and has excellent drainage properties. Coir mulch never cracks shrinks or crusts and also aids in suppression of fungal growth. Being made from coir it is completely environmentally friendly and made from a 100% renewable resource.

 

Coir mulch holds 6-7 times it weight in water with each 5kg block expanding to 60-75L in size.

Check out our video of the just one single block expanding out to fill a wheelbarrow.

Aussie Environmental sell coir mulch in blocks of 5kg and 15kg pack specials, we can also sell in bulk if you are requiring a large amounts.

Help suppress weeds with our 100% biodegradable jute products.

Aussie Environmental provide plastic and organic weed suppression products.

Aussie Environmental will always prefer organic biodegradable products for your garden rather than plastics.

Our jute matting and jute squares are a great alternative to plastic weed suppression products. Not only do these products suppress weeds they do not contain any plastics which can break apart into smaller pieces. Plastic weed mat will eventually break down into smaller messy pieces in your garden, creating unnecessary long-term maintenance.

Jute based weed suppression products can be placed under mulch or over the top of existing cover while being used as an erosion control blanket and weed suppression.

Jute matting will last around 12-18 months until it start to break down.

Jute Mat Squares Small with seedling for weed suppression
Jute Mat Squares
Jute Mat 750gsm Slitted For Revegetation
Jute Mat Blanket 750gsm Slitted ready for planting

Have you ever heard of the term plant totem?

Plant totems are sometimes called Philodendron totems or coco totems and are a plant support for a range of climbing plants but are generally made for the following plant species – Philodendron, Monstera and Pothos plants species.

These plants are a great indoor plant as they climb high around the poles while using minimal pot and soil space.

Aussie Environmental are the largest supplier in Australia of plant totem poles and are available in a range of sizes from 40cm tall all the way up to 150cm for your larger climbing plants.

Our plant totems are made with coir fibre which enables the roots of the plant to grip into the natural organic fibres and not just on the side as opposed to using a wooden pole.

pothos plant totem Pole
Plant Totem Pole

Mini Coir logs - Create your vertical garden

Our mini coir logs are a great product for creating a hanging bromeliad garden, but we get a lot of people asking on what’s the best way to attach your bromeliads to our mini coir logs.

So here is a step by step guide for attaching bromeliads to your mini coir log.

Here is a list of tools you will need to make the process easier:

Seasol, Zip ties or twine, Scissors and a Screw driver.

OK let get started:

1. Soak

Pre-soak the mini coir log in a solution of seasol and water for about 2 hours, this makes it easier to insert the bromeliad pups into the mini coir log.

2. Drain

Once the mini coir log has been soak you will need to drain the seasol and water solution.

Pre-soak Mini Coir log into solution of seasol

3. Installation

Using your screw driver create holes at a 45 degree angle into the mini coir log to where you would like your bromeliad pups to grow.

Creating a angled hole allows the plants to be attached in an upright position, this prevents the plants from sagging and also provides the root system with a stable base.

4. Insert

Water the roots of your bromeliad and remove any excessive amount of soil from around the base of your bromeliad pup so it can easily fit into the hole created.

The plant should be facing in an upright position ready to be attached to the mini coir log.

5. Zip Ties , Twine

Using your zip ties or twine to secure the pups near the base making sure the bromeliad are attached facing upright (vertically). To do this you need to insert your zip tie / twine into the nylon netting above the bromeliad (see image 1.), then wrap the zip tie / twine around the trunk of the inner flower of the bromeliad plant and secure the bromeliad vertically to the Mini Coir Log (see image 2). Cut off any excess plastic or twine and make sure the plant is secured upright so the bromeliads can grow without sagging and to provide better drainage for the root system.

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7. Maintenance

Ongoing watering is required.

Bromeliads will hold water in its tank (the centre of the plant). Water the tank and try to keeping it full with water. Do not keep stagnate water in the tanks making sure there is new clean water being replaced on a regular basis.
Try to avoid direct sunlight when hanging your mini coir log, too much sun light can cause leaf burn to the bromeliads.

romeliads watering tank or cup for mini coir logs

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Silt Fence Installation Techniques

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Aussie Environmental install their silt fence using the trench-less or static slicing technique.

So What Is The Static Slicing Technique And How Does It Work?

Static slicing can be described as the insertion of a narrow custom-shaped blade at least 200mm into the ground, and simultaneously inserting the silt fence fabric into the opening (10mm wide) created by the blade being pulled through the ground.

Static slicing technique
Static slicing with silt fence
Static slicing with silt fence installed

What are the benefits of static slicing (trench-less) silt fence technique vs the standard trenching technique?

The static slicing method can be installed 2 to 4 times faster than the trenching method, this saves construction and civil sites time, money and labour.

Static slicing installation can hold more water or runoff and has less seepage than a standard trenched silt fence during unforeseen rain events, this means the silt fence will perform better in the long run and need less maintenance overall.

Using machinery (Slicing) rather than man power (trenching) is more accurate and consistent, making it easier to follow compliance’s and also produces less mistakes during the installation process.

Additionally, the sliced method of installation generally provides a stronger, higher performing and longer lasting silt fence.

Is your installed silt fence compliant?

If you do not install your silt fence to correct compliance’s you or your site developer are at risk of fines for non-compliance.

A professionally installed silt fence should always be installed to specifications; therefore, you can rest ashore that upon installation of an Aussie Environmental silt fence will be fully compliant.

Regular inspection and maintenance

Regular inspection and maintenance is also required to keep your site compliance. A Silt fence should be checked weekly and also after rain events. Check to see If there is any damage to the silt fence including broken stakes, torn fabric, holes and even if there are gaps between fabric and the ground.

If you see any of these issues the silt fence should be replaced or repaired immediately to avoid non-compliance.

Silt fence should be checked weekly and also after rain events for damage

Professional sliced installation VS do it yourself trenching

Let’s break down it down.

Professional static slicing 

  • Installation efficiency
  • On average slicing installation technique is 2-4 times faster than trenching.
  • Professional installation makes it easier to follow compliances and standards
  • Sliced method generally has Less seepage than a standard installed trenched silt fence
  • Better overall long-term performance than a standard installed trenched silt fence
  • More accurate and consistent
  • Can be installed on steep slopes

Do it yourself trenching

  • You need to ensure that the fabric is entrenched consistently throughout the whole installation, one gap can make the fence non-compliant
  • Can take a lot longer if you don’t have the right machinery or if you are doing it by hand
  • Ideal for small jobs under 50m
  • Must be trenched-in and backfilled correctly
  • Trench must be around 200mm deep by 200mm wide
  • Significant manual labour for long runs which can cost more money in the long run
  • Soil compaction can take considerably longer to provide a quality long life silt fence

Quality products - Not all installers use the best products

Using poor quality products can cause your site to become non-compliance.

By using a high-quality silt fence material will help guarantee your silt fence will last the required length of time on site.

Aussie Environmental only Sell heavy duty 100gsm UV stabilised silt fence that is Certified by AASHTO (American association of State Highways & Transportation Organisation) and has a 2-year life expectancy.

In addition, our silt fence is also ISO 9001 Certified making sure our silt fence material is manufacturer to the highest quality standards.

sediment control barrier products
87cm x 50m Silt Fence Roll
87cm x 100m Silt Fence Roll
87cm x 500m Silt Fence Roll
900mm Timber Pegs

When should you not use silt fence?

Silt fences are only to be installed for sheet flows and should not to be installed in areas of concentrated flows, check dams or across watercourses.

Consideration of specific site requirements and other erosion control measures may be a better alternative, such as our heavy-duty silt fence installation or our coir logs products.

Heavy Duty Silt Fence
Heavy duty silt fence with star pickets
Coir Log installation
Coir logs a great alternative to silt fences

10 years of installation experience

Aussie Environmental have over 10 years of experience and knowledge to advise you on best practices and techniques for optimal installation and compliances.

Aussie Environmental provide a range of silt fence installation types including: standard, heavy duty silt fence and our combined heavy-duty silt fence with safety barrier mesh.

We also provide our silt fence in two colours, standard green or for when safety is a priority we can install our hi-visibility bright orange silt fence.

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Silt fence installation options

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Helping the environment

Helping The Environment [Erosion Control & Revegetation]

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6 Great ways Aussie Environmental is helping the environment

Our products and services are here to help and protect the environment.

Helping the environment

 

1. Renewable resource

Aussie Environmental sell a wide range of erosion control products that are made from 100% renewable resources.

We sell a range coir and jute erosion control blanket sourced from 100% natural fibres. Coir is the fibre from the coconut husk, extracted between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut and is 100% renewable. Jute is a vegetable fibre produced from plants in the genus corchorus. These plants are native to tropical and subtropical regions throughout various parts of the world.

2. Biodegradable products

Coir and jute erosion control products are all 100% biodegradable, unlike geosynthetic erosion control products made from polypropylene or polyester.

Biodegradable erosion control products naturally break down over time and produces far less pollution and water use in the manufacturing process.

 

3. Effective erosion control with sustainable revegetation

The best form of erosion control is sustainable vegetation. Vegetation protects the surface from rain and wind erosion and binds the underling soil to improve its structural strength and improves soils water holding and infiltration capacity.

Vegetation is not only a great form of erosion control but planting trees and grasses increases oxygen and removes carbon dioxide and contaminants from the air.

Our biodegradable natural erosion control blankets and meshes are great for revegetation and planting into. Our blankets and meshes break down naturally over time providing erosion and evaporation protection while the vegetation becomes established. This provides long term sustainable erosion control solution mimicking a natural ecosystem including providing local wildlife habitats.

 

If you would like to know more about our revegetation services click here

For more information on our native seed hydromulching services click here.

 

4. Protection of aquatic environments

Aussie Environmental provide marine, waterways and stormwater protection products and installation.

Our aquatic booms provide protection from silt, sediment, oil containment, debris and aquatic weeds from entering our waterways. These products help protect our wildlife from oil contaminants and harmful rubbish such as plastics which marine life usually ingesting or get entangled in.

Aussie Environmental also provide products that protect pollutants from entering our stormwater ways & drains keeping our waterways and dams cleaner.

 

5. Erosion and sediment control protects waterways and saves construction costs

Erosion is an ongoing process in all landscapes. Therefore, erosion and sediment control is an activity that all land managers have to manage. There are legal responsibilities to take all reasonable and practicable measures to minimise short and long-term soil erosion and minimise adverse effects of sediment transport. Adverse effects may include water quality and aquatic health issues, drainage and flow problems, damage to adjoining infrastructure, environments and increased clean-up costs.

Aussie Environmental have both a large range of specifically designed environmental control products and services and products that can adapted to all kinds of application

 

6. Promoting organic gardening

An organic garden is a garden made and containing entirely organic materials, and in other words avoiding synthetic fertilisers and pesticides.

Aussie Environmental sell a range of garden products to help get your organic garden to thrive including: biodegradable pots, plant supports and mulches.

Our long lasting eco sustainable mulches are made from renewable coir. Our coir peat & chip mulches are unfertilised, promote aeration and have a neutral ph. level which are ideal for organic gardens.

What is Coir?

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What is Coir?

Coir is another name for coconut fibre. Coir is the extracted fibre from the husk of coconuts.
The fibre is extracted between the hard internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut. Coir is a natural product that is 100% biodegradable.

Coir fibre can be used to make a wide range of products such brushes, ropes, door mats, garden products, erosion control products and horticultural products just to name a few. Aussie Environmental sell a wide range of coir products, take a look below for more information.

Coir Geotextiles for erosion control

These Coir Geotextiles promote the growth of vegetation by absorbing water and preventing soil evaporation. Coir fibre is different to other natural fibres due to its very high lignin content, which increases the fibres strength and functional life of up to 3 years.

We sell two main types of coir products for erosion control, they are our coir blanket range and our coir mesh product range.

To view more about these products click the button below.

Erosion Control Blankets
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Coir Blankets Products
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Coir Meshes Products
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Coir Logs

Coir logs are densely packed coconut fibre which is then wrapped with coir netting. Coir logs are an environmentally friendly alternative to hay bales. Hay bales not only break down quickly and are harder to manage, they are often contaminated with weed seed. Aussie Environmental coir logs are light-weight and easy to install – ideal for constructing check structures, establishing vegetation, managing changes in stream flow velocity, shaping channels and stabilising shorelines. Coir logs are flexible which can curve around river banks and existing vegetation. Coir logs can be used in open drains to slow water velocity and capture sediments or be used in streams and rivers to produce a natural wall of protection for plants and soil.

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Coir Logs

Coir logs are densely packed coconut fibre which is then wrapped with coir netting. Coir logs are an environmentally friendly alternative to hay bales. Hay bales not only break down quickly and are harder to manage, they are often contaminated with weed seed. Aussie Environmental coir logs are light-weight and easy to install – ideal for constructing check structures, establishing vegetation, managing changes in stream flow velocity, shaping channels and stabilising shorelines. Coir logs are flexible which can curve around river banks and existing vegetation. Coir logs can be used in open drains to slow water velocity and capture sediments or be used in streams and rivers to produce a natural wall of protection for plants and soil.

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Coir Garden Products

Aussie Environmental provide a range of coir garden products including: mini hanging coir logs, coir totem plant poles, coir pots and coir peat (coir mulch).

Our coir garden products are great for creating a composted organic garden. This is an ideal way to promote earthworms, pill bugs and microorganisms within your garden. This vast array of organisms will help your garden plants thrive naturally. Our coir peat & chip mulches are unfertilised, promote aeration and have a neutral ph. level which are ideal for organic gardens. Microorganisms thrive in three main conditions – aerated soil, neutral ph. levels and organic composing matter.

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Coir Garden Products

Aussie Environmental provide a range of coir garden products including: mini hanging coir logs, coir totem plant poles, coir pots and coir peat (coir mulch).

Our coir garden products are great for creating a composted organic garden. This is an ideal way to promote earthworms, pill bugs and microorganisms within your garden. This vast array of organisms will help your garden plants thrive naturally. Our coir peat & chip mulches are unfertilised, promote aeration and have a neutral ph. level which are ideal for organic gardens. Microorganisms thrive in three main conditions – aerated soil, neutral ph. levels and organic composing matter.

View Our Range Of Garden Products