Erosion Control Terms To Know
Erosion control companies use a lot of science and engineering practices in order to help maintain and manage the design of your landscape and any adjacent bodies of water. To better understand the services they provide, consider the following terms and definitions.
Bioengineering - In order to prevent soil, sediment, or silt from eroding, erosion control technicians will utilize plants and their root systems to stabilize the ground. Once the plant establishes strong roots, those roots help to hold the earth together.
Cohesive Soil - Cohesive soil can be used in erosion control because it possesses inherent qualities that bond the silt and sand together. This means that the soil, on a fundamental level, is less likely to pull apart, or erode.
Fill Material - In order to change the layout of a piece of land, such as to eliminate a slope, for example, fill can be used to add height. Fill can consist of dirt, rocks, gravel, or other material, and topsoil is then placed on top. A fence or retaining wall is often integrated into the landscape design, so that the new topography holds its shape.
Receiving Water - All new construction within erosion control techniques must adhere to environmental restrictions on immediate and local levels. For instance, any new underground structures or additives, such as fence posts or water wells, must not interrupt pre-existing structures that may contaminate local waterways. These local waterways are referred to as receiving water.
Thatch - Thatch is a layer within the soil that develops as plants and vegetables grow and die over time. It is a mixture of dead and living roots, shoots, and fibers that can affect the stability of the soil.