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Using Turf for Erosion Control

Turf has proven to be the safest and most reliable method of achieving full green life coverage on erodible surfaces, one barrier in using turf was the maintenance costs, but not anymore, enter the Zoysia revolution…

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Top 10 Erosion Control Plants for Victoria

These plants were selected based on research from the University of Western Sydney and a USA Texas study. See http://www.ozbreed.com.au/plant-turf-research.html for more information, including the full paper.

Katrinus Deluxe LomandraKing Alfred® Dianella caerulea ‘JOHN316’ PBR Dense, compact blue- green foliage

Nafray® Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘PA300PBR
Compact, clumping native grass

 

Katrinus Deluxe Lomandra longifolia ‘Katrinus Deluxe’ PBR
Improved semi- compact fine leaf form

Nyalla® Lomandra longifolia ‘LM400’ PBR
Semi-compact blue- grey fine leaf

Breeze® Dianella caerulea ‘DCNC0’ PBR
‘No cane’ Dianella caerulea

Katie BellesTM Lomandra hystrix ‘LHBYF’ PBR
Full sized Lomandra hystrix; mass flowering

SharaTM Lomandra fluviatilis ‘ABU7’ PBR
Fine leaf, compact; part wet or dry

Southern CascadeTM Lomandra hystrix ‘LHWP’ PBR
Lomandra hystrix with weeping foliage

 LuciaTM Dianella caerulea ‘DC101’ PBR
Low growing, spreading Dianella

Tanika® Lomandra longifolia ‘LM300’ PBR
Improved, compact, fine leaf form

Nyalla® Lomandra is a strappy leaf plant with a grass tree look

If you live near the coast, this is the best Lomandra for salt laden winds, but even if you live inland you should still consider Nyalla® Lomandra.  It looks like a grass tree with out a trunk.

Nyalla® Lomandra longfolia 'LM400'

Its foliage is almost always clean looking, it stays evergreen even under heavy frost and its drought tolerance is legendary.

Nyalla® Lomandra longfolia 'LM400' PBR

This one here (just above) is fully grown and has stayed evergreen without ever having pruning for 7 years. No wonder it’s so popular.

Nyalla® Lomandra works well all over Australia except in humid parts like Queensland. It’s a great soil stabilizer for slopes and it handles most soil types, even very sandy soil types.

Nyalla® Lomandra longfolia 'LM400' PBR

Nyalla® Lomandra works well in full sun to part shade. It’s definitely one of the most reliable landscape plants around. Ideal for mass planting or as a specimen plant like this one above.

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Further Evidence Nara™ Native Turf Is Best For Erosion Control

Further Evidence Nara™ Native Turf Is Best For Erosion Control 

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P.S. We recommend not throwing turf rolls around like this 🙂

 

Biodegradable Staples Holding Capacity for Nara™ Native Turf Compared to Couch

Biodegradable Staples Holding Capacity for Nara™ Native   Turf Compared to Couch

Nara Native Turf Best For Erosion Control

Introduction

Turf in recent research has proven to be one of the best erosion control products, testing far better than silt fences, coir logs and erosion socks for both erosion and silt containment. Established turf by itself can easily handle 1.5 metres per second flows. Well established turf has been shown to handle flows of 2.5 to 3 metres per second.

The biggest problem with using turf in flow areas is that until establishment, it can shear away. Traditionally this was solved by using turf combined with netting and pegs, or turf secured with wire pegs. Both netting and wire pegs can be dangerous hazards to foot traffic, and they are both expensive methods. New E-Staple biodegradable pegs, which have been designed to grip into the ground are proving to be far superior, lower cost and safer.

Tests in the USA showed that the 150mm E-Staple took 12 times the force to remove compared to a round top 150mm steel staple, and more than 4 times that of regular 150mm steel staples.

Testing method

Now that there are such strong biodegradable staples, it was decided to test which would fail first, the staple or the turf. It was also decided to test what force is require to pull 6 x 150mm and in another test 6 x 100mm staples from the ground, pegged through Nara™ Native Turf and regular Wintergreen Couch turf.

All rolls were of good quality. A bamboo stake was secured to wire, and a weighing device attached. 10 separate measurements were taken for…read more