There are many options for controlling erosion. If you have hills or slopes on your property that are eroding away thanks to rain or wind, you may be looking for methods to prevent the dirt or mud from sliding. One option is an erosion control mat. The mat, typically made from natural fibers, can be rolled out onto a hillside to help hold the dirt and mud in place. Learning about the pros and cons of this erosion control method will help you determine if it is right for you. Here are two of the pros and cons of an erosion control mat:
The Cons of Erosion Control Mats
- They Don't Work Well in the Wind
One of the downsides of an erosion control mat is that it may not work well to prevent erosion caused by the wind. An erosion control mat is better suited for erosion caused by rain water. If you are dealing with erosion caused by wind blowing dirt and dust off of your hillside, you may want to look into a different erosion control method.
- They Can Be Washed Out
The other disadvantage to erosion control mats is that they can be washed out if rain water is fast and/or heavy. In order for the mats to work, they need to stay in place. Most are designed to withstand a decent amount of rain. But if you are dealing with heavy rains, this may not be the best erosion control method for your hill or slope.
The Pros of Erosion Control Mats
- They Help Strengthen the Hillside in Two Ways
The biggest benefit to an erosion control mat is that it helps to strengthen the hillside in two ways. First, the mat itself helps to hold dirt and mud in place. Secondly, the mat may also have grass seeds embedded into it, so as it begins to deteriorate, it leaves behind vegetation that also strengthens the hillside. This helps to prevent erosion both now and in the future.
- They are Fast and Easy to Use
The other advantage to erosion control mats is that they are fast and easy to use. Some erosion control methods can be costly to install or take time to work. A mat can be rolled out onto the hillside in a matter of minutes and is a job you can complete yourself.
If your hillside is eroding away, you will want to determine what method will help to prevent this erosion. One method that may work is an erosion control mat. Taking the time to learn about this product will help you determine if it is right for your land.
Contact a company like Specialty Construction Supply for more information and assistance.