Reclamation Services

 

 

 

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Proper site preparation is a key factor in determining the long term cost and effectiveness of any reclamation efforts.  We offer complete site prep services, consulting for site prep and gladly work within the parameters of your prep work. 

Preparation methods are fairly standard for all types of revegetation.  An adequately prepared site will be free of construction debris, have relatively few large rocks or other natural objects and be free of ruts or gullies. Ideally, sites will have the top two inches in a friable, non-compacted condition (allowing a heel to make a 1/4 inch impression) and be scarified to a depth of 6 to 8 inches if heavily compacted.

We always recommend that the project soil be sampled.  This allows us to review the soil analysis and recommend specific amendments for soil enhancement.  We have economical and effective approaches for improving soil texture, substrate stability, water-holding capacity, and increasing available nutrients for revegetation efforts. 

All site preparation does not require ground preparation.  For sites with stringent environmental rules or are habitats for sensitive or endangered species, we have trained personnel and equipment that minimizes disturbances and protects existing vegetation and wildlife.  Please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can partner with you to make your site preparation both viable and economically conducive to an effective eco-restoration plan.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seeding Applications

There are many agricultural processes used to plant seed.  Over the years, we have experimented with multiple processes and equipment in the search for improved seeding and better reclamation results.  We have fabricated numerous types of equipment that are site specific for advanced eco-restoration methods and techniques we now use. 

We perform both mechanical and hydro applications, from drill seeding to hydroseeding, and from the simplest of broadcasting methods to advanced sprigging processes.  By using these different seeding applications, we can create multiple approaches for a treatment plan that is most suited to your project's social, economical and restorative needs.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why we are the Premier Hydroseeder in North America- The keys to successful hydroseeding are three-fold.  The first key is the proper formulation of the slurry mixture, which includes fertilizers, soil builders, native seed, tackifiers, and organic materials. Correctly blended, the mixture will encourage faster seed establishment, improve seed stress tolerance and protect the seed from sunlight, wind, and erosion. 

Using the proper slurry formula also increases moisture absorption in arid areas and adds needed nutrients to the soil as it slowly decomposes.  As the seeds begin to germinate, the correct slurry accelerates the growing process by maintaining moisture around the seeds, thereby increasing the rate of germination.                                                           

The second key is the proper application of the prescribed slurry mixture.  You can have the perfect slurry mixture but if it is not properly applied, either applicator or equipment fault, the results will not be satisfactory.   Our equipment, be it the hydro truck, helicopter or plane, bigstockphoto_Green_Mountain_Landscape_1273682care kept on a rigorous maintenance plan.

 All equipment, when deployed, is equipped with field repair kits of the most frequently utilized parts to ensure proper mechanical operation.  All applicators are meticulously trained in the proper equipment usage, product usage and appropriate application techniques. 

The third key is that we are continually researching possible applications and products to create new, economical and highly effective treatment combinations.  We are a testing site for many suppliers in the industry as they develop new and innovative products and approaches.  We also have extensive experience with non-conventional hydroseeding methods and materials as well as. 

 Using our extensive knowledge and experience, we will meet your needs for soil stabilization, erosion control, restoration and vegetative cover in a successful manner. 

 

 

 

 

 

bigstockphoto_Bales_Of_Hay__2682529[1]Mulch Applications

There are multiple types and qualities of mulch, which are all, used for different restoration situations.    Our straw or hay mulches are state inspected and certified noxious weed-free mulches.  As we grow and harvest much of our own straw, we are able to emphasize more stringent quality controls over our product than our competitors, with the end result being a better, more uniform, noxious weed-free product being used on your job.  

How important is weed free?  The U.S. Forest Service has spent $30,000.00 to date trying to eradicate the noxious weeds in a small, pristine meadow, which was infected by a competitors “certified” straw.   Currently, that weed is continuing to spread and they are now looking for ways to bring in wildlife to curb the weed’s expansion into additional forest acreage.  Other partners have had reclamation bonds held due to excessive weeds from weedy straw.  When this occurred, we have had to go in and provide weed treatments and bigstockphoto_Warehouse_With_Sacks_1891423additional seeding. 

Hay and straw mulch, when farmed and processed properly, is an economical and effective product to use when applying mulch in restoration. As for hydro mulching applications, there is the standard paper mulch which is used in a variety of applications.  We attempt to use recycled paper mulch when possible as an environmental consideration and where the application can result in successful revegetation. 

Hammer-milled mulches are basically a ground-up, short fiber, wood mulch.  Thermally produced mulches have been heat-treated and have longer fibers, which improve matting. Both these wood mulches can be used with or without tackifiers.   There are other specialty mulches made out of cotton, grass, etc. and we utilize them if the project needs dictate the specific use of that product to improve revegetation results. 

Organic mulches are used in variety of reclamation activities.  We strive to ensure that native materials are used where appropriate and that processed mulch passes our strict specifications for use.  Organic mulch, when used properly, can dramatically improve planting and seeding results for your project.

 

 

 

 

 

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A "soil amendment" is any material added to a soil to improve its physical properties, such as water retention, permeability, water infiltration, drainage, aeration, nutrition and structure. The goal is to provide a better environment for root growth in native soils by restoring their infiltration capacity and chemical characteristics after a disturbance. 

 To be effective, an amendment must be thoroughly mixed into the soil not merely buried, lumped in or placed on the soil surface. Amending a soil is not the same thing as mulching, although many types of mulch also are used as amendments.  This soil mixing is usually accomplished through tilling or disking.

There are two broad categories of soil amendments: organic and inorganic. Organic amendments come from something that is or was alive. Inorganic amendments are either mined or man-made. Organic amendments include sphagnum peat, wood chips, grass clippings, straw, compost, manure, biosolids, sawdust and wood ash.

Organic matter improves soil aeration, water infiltration, and both water- and nutrient-holding capacity. Inorganic amendments include vermiculite, perlite, lime, tire chunks, pea gravel and sand.  These inorganic amendments help offset any soil nutritional deficiencies, improves aeration, and controls acidity or PH. 

During site preparation, we recommend that our partners take random soil samples of the area to be restored.  We suggest that these samples be recorded with the GPS coordinates of where it was collected and forwarded to a lab or us for soil analysis.  We can then formulate the proper amendments necessary to make the soil more conducive to your revegetation plan.  We can also identify potential problem areas during this site preparation phase and make recommendations for additional remediation work prior to revegetation.

 

 

 

 

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Irrigation

It is Revegetation Service’s long-standing commitment to water-efficient irrigation technology and techniques that sets our irrigation systems apart.  Our design and installation experience allows for a variety of irrigation systems to choose from while facilitating the successful establishment of native plants, particularly in dry and/or remote locations. 

Our expertise can help you reduce your water consumption, save money, and maintain a healthy and beautiful reclamation project or new landscaping. Since most reclamation involves establishing native plants, it takes the correct knowledge and experience to design an irrigation system that will provide correct watering for seed establishment yet allow for the native plants to adapt to their natural surrounding's water cycles. 

By using our knowledge and experience, whether it's an above or underground system, our irrigation systems are designed to meet any site requirement, provide unmatched quality, efficient water use, and economical installation.  We have successfully met the most challenging troubles in the most difficult climates and we look forward to the new challenges of irrigation management in reclamation.

 

 

 

 

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Planting

We plant vegetation as prescribed in the treatment plan or landscape design.  These plans include the species, location, and techniques for the installation of the plants. Our years of experience allow for us to suggest alternative planting techniques that promote improved plant establishment, controls exotics and minimizes disturbance of existing vegetation. 

Be it a truck mounted spade for relocating a mature tree, or a spear spade for planting seedlings, our crews always have the appropriate tools and supervision needed for successfully establishing new vegetation.