To All our Valued Customers

We have two very different items for you this week. The first is a quick glimpse at how we have been busy helping to repair the damage caused by the recent extreme weather events; and the other is one supplied by our close partner, Joe Johnson, Business Manager NZ, PGG Wrightson Turf, which explains the advantages of using hydraulically applied erosion technologies such as Flexterra over matting solutions.

Bethell’s Beach – Doing our bit to undo the damage

The team at Erosion Control is acutely aware of the damage that extreme weather, sometimes exacerbated by human interference, can do to our precious environment. The two images below are demonstrative of the many jobs to which we are being called out that have required our expertise and leading-edge products to help stabilise the affected terrain. These image above was taken at Bethell’s Beach, part of the badly affected Auckland West Coast region.


Erosion Control Blankets (ECB) vs Hydraulically applied erosion control projects (HECP)

Every best management practice (BMP) has a fit in certain situations. The purpose of this dialogue is to highlight the advantages of using a hydraulically applied erosion control technology like Flexterra HP-FGM compared to the using rolled erosion control products.

The most cost-effective form of erosion control is sustainable vegetation. Achieving this quickly and efficiently can be based on many variables such as vegetation type, slope, climatic conditions, and which BMP is used.

Scientific analysis, using published performance parameters, the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) and ASTM standards, along with typical construction practices prove that, by using Flexterra HP-FGM, you can expect 3-4 times more germination based on ASTM D7322 testing results compared to blankets. You can also expect 2 times less soil loss when compared to double net straw blankets as well. There is also the added benefit of introducing less plastics into the environment as certain ECB’s have a nylon reinforcement, which will photodegrade over time..


Aside from the time and cost savings associated with the installation of Flexterra HP-FGM versus double net straw blankets, there are also the following additional benefits:

  • Effective without smoothing the site surface. (Having a rough surface minimizes erosion while the soil irregularities provide pockets for holding moisture and improving growth establishment)
  • Eliminates the cost and labour of pinning of blankets
  • Forms an intimate bond with the soil surface.
  • Often water can get under the blanket washing away any seed further down the slope, as well as causing rill erosion that is masked by the blanket.
Please do not hesitate to call either Wes Lawrence (Auckland) on 027 487 5929 or Kym Hickey (Waikato) on 021 199 3816 to talk about how we can help you with our wide range of products and services.
And last but by no means least, PLEASE STAY SAFE OUT THERE.

For more information please contact:
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𝐖𝐚𝐢𝐤𝐚𝐭𝐨 𝐑𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐧 – Kym Hickey 021 199 3816
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