While the pandemic is currently in the main crisis in the news, the same environmental problems that the world was dealing with before are still present. The ecosystem has been ravaged by a variety of different issues, and in particular, a lack of green landscape has been a major problem in recent years. There are a number of reasons behind deforestation. Lumber remains a commodity; we use it as fuel, and even to create building structures. However, green landscapes have also been cleared to make way for housing, buildings, and livestock. In order for the Earth to recover in the long term, however, it’s important that the plants and landscape that we’re losing is recovered.
Fortunately, there are options available for those looking to recover their environment on their land. These are sometimes referred to as green stabilization techniques. Green stabilization techniques are meant to replenish the environment in a natural, non-aggressive way. These techniques are utilized by landowners not only to recover the damage that they’ve done, but also to help the land recover from damage caused by previous owners. For that matter, green stabilization techniques can be used to help landscapes recover from natural disasters and erosion, as well as flooding. With that being said, not all green stabilization techniques were made the same, and some can ultimately have negative environmental impacts. Let’s look into some of the main types of green stabilization techniques, and how they can make a difference for the environment in the long term.
What Is Hydroseeding?
A major green stabilization technique is hydroseeding, which is often used to plant new seeds on land that requires new plant growth. Hydroseeding is often accomplished through the use of hydroseeding companies, as the techniques used can be a bit difficult for an individual to handle on their own. The hydroseeding process is quite involved, and essentially requires spreading out a slurry of seeds and mulch. The slurry is liquid, essentially, and spread across the prepared ground. Usually, hydroseeding is used to combat erosion, and it can be quite successful in the long term. The reason why hydroseeding is utilized rather than traditional dry seeding is that it can cover a large portion of land more easily, in a shorter period of time. Hydroseeding technologies can prompt grass grown with seven days, and a full lawn can be grown within 3-4 weeks. However, hydroseeding isn’t necessarily the only technique that can be used to stabilize previously damaged land areas.
What Is Dewatering?
There are a lot of advantages of hydroseeding, but it’s not the only type of green stabilization technique on the market. Many hydroseeding companies also offer dewatering services, which can sometimes be offered hand in hand with hydroseeding. Dewatering essentially involves taking control of the groundwater that is already naturally available locally. This technique lowers the groundwater levels, most commonly through sump pumping. The groundwater is collected in a sump, and all solids are pumped away, making this a fairly strong technique. However, there is always the risk of seepage into the surrounding excavation. This can be prevented through the lowering of groundwater levels prior to excavation, sometimes through wells; these including deep wells, horizontal wells, wellpoints, vacuum wells, and more.
What Is Slope Stabilization?
Another, sometimes more involved green stabilization technique is slope stabilization. Slope stabilization is important, as slopes can potentially fall into landslides if they aren’t properly stabilized. This can also run the risk of causing crops planted to grow unevenly. It’s best for there to be some degree of flatness in the ground, and this is most easily done through the use of slope stabilization. Slopes can sometimes be stabilized through the use of excess dirt or excavation. While it’s important for the land to be stabilized, it should be done in an environmentally friendly way. If the land is excessively disturbed, then the point of these techniques is essentially defeated.
While it can be difficult to balance economic needs with environmental needs, landowners, particularly those that make money off of crops, can do so through green stabilization techniques. It’s important to make environmentally conscious choices, and the right ones can ensure that the land is available for the long term.