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Bark Mulch is processed bark material from different species of trees, used as a ground covering for multiple applications. It can be used for water retention around plants while giving the landscape an attractive manicured appearance. It may also be used for acidifying soil and weed control, provide mud control, trail surfaces, and as a growing medium.
Bark mulch comes in different sizes and species, tailored for specific applications. Each bark species has its own defining characteristics and are often regionally popular based on local forests varieties. Fir, cedar, cypress, oak, pine and hemlock are just a few varieties available.
Bark Mulch is typically orange/red-brown in color, but may have added coloring, such as red and black, for additional customization.
Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and may be made from single source material or blended for specific application performance. Materials used include: garden debris, kitchen scraps, manure, or yard and lawn waste.
Nutrient rich in composition, compost acts as a natural, healthy, organic fertilizer for your plants. Compost is typically a soil additive mixed prior to planting to provide nutrients and improve soil structure, but can also be used a protective mulch layer or top dressed to planted areas.
Composted manure is decomposed animal feces, urine, and bedding (typically straw, wood shavings, or sawdust). Composted manure is nitrogen rich and are best used as fertilizers. Composted manure is often mixed into proprietary soil blends for specific applications.
An Erosion Control Sock is a an expandable filter material in the shape of a tube typically filled with wood chips, compost, or other mulch. This can be a superior alternative to silt fences to divert, control and trap sediment and debris during construction activities. Erosion control socks allow water to flow through, while keeping soil in place. Socks can be biodegradable and are available in a variety of diameters. Erosion control socks are filled on-site pneumatically with the use of blower trucks.
A green roof is a living roof of a building made from growing vegetation. The roof is covered with a waterproofing membrane, growing substrate such a soil or mulch, and then seeded.
Green roofs increase air quality and filter pollutants, provides insulation to the roof reducing energy consumption, reduce noise, can provide food and habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Green roofs can be designed for a wide range of maintenance requirements, while some are designed aesthetically as recreation, dining, or community garden spaces.
Green roofs are often installed with the help of a blower truck to pneumatically move material from the ground to the roof. This eliminates the need for wheelbarrows, construction cranes, and other heavy duty equipment. The blower truck can install rooftop soil and mulch efficiently.
Lawn Mix is a blend of grass seeds with a spectrum of growing properties intended primarily for making lawns. By mixing seed varieties, planting success is ensured for a variety of climates and planting conditions.
It can be made from a variety of materials, typically organic, but not exclusively. Organic mulches are typically a product that can decompose providing nutrients to the soil over time. Not all materials are available commercially or have the ability to be used as a blown in material. Materials include:
Playground Chips are engineered wood chips or mulch designed specifically for outdoor play surfaces such as playgrounds. Chips should meet safety specifications for playground access and fall protection set by ADA (American Disabilities Act) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). Playground chips allow a springy surface with a tight enough surface to allow wheel chair access, yet still allowing water to pass through. Peterson blower trucks and trailers are an ideal tool for distributing this type of material.
Pneumatic seeding, mixes seed with proprietary blends of composted soil mixtures and applied to the landscape with a blower truck. Pneumatic seeding is great for lawns, erosion control, large areas, and limited access landscapes. It is often more effective than hand seed distribution, and lower cost than sod. Laying soil with seed means the seed is planted rather than exposed, keeps the seed in place while protecting it from harsh elements, and provides moisture retention.
Tackifier is a chemical compound used in formulating adhesives to increases the stickiness of the substance. Tackifiers are mainly used in erosion control, added to the pneumatic seeding mix or substrate for steep slopes. This increases the tackiness of a substance, helping to keep it in place.