Consultation and Compliance
With today’s strict erosion and sediment control regulations, it is getting more and more difficult for contractors to remain in compliance with state and federal laws, to avoid our clients being fined tens of thousands of dollars we engineer solutions that best suite you site through our years of best management practice (BMP’s) installation and modification experience.
Other earthwork abilities range from simple excavation to geomorphic shaping, berm and earthen channel construction. Based on the massive amounts of material to be moved, we own a full complement of construction equipment i.e., a loader, production trucks, backhoe, bulldozer, skid steer, excavator.
We are at the forefront of an emerging trend in eco construction services; devegetation. This practice is the removal and/or salvaging of trees and plants when clearing an area for construction. This vegetation usually requires “green” disposal or salvage in a nursery for future restoration efforts. We have built nurseries in various climates to hold salvaged plants from small desert cacti to fully grown pinion trees.
Our staff has also completed multiple courses for identifying endangered species habitats, rare plants and exotics, and archaeological sites while prepping various sites. We have also built custom equipment that helps us clear areas (i.e., utility corridors, pipeline right of way, electric lines, and subdivisions) more economically than equipment currently available on the market.
Golf Course Seeding
We offer hydroseeding, hydromulching, and hydro-sprigging services for cost-effective landscaping and construction of golf courses properties, turf in-fill and lush perimeter vegetation. Too often golf construction companies recommend mechanical planting because the equipment is already available, the technology is well known, the results have been “acceptable” in the past, and the cost to plant will appear to be lower.
For anyone with a tight time frame, anxious owners, and a dedication to improved and superior results, the hydro-sprigging method is the preferred method. Hydro-sprigging spreads grass stolons instead of seeds. Stolons produce both roots and shoots at their nodes and are perfectly suited to hydro applications. Hydro-sprigging eliminates the bare spots, unevenness and the lengthy, expensive grow-in period associated with mechanical planting.
Another viable alternative we utilize is capping. Capping is very cost-effective and efficient as it utilizes both mechanical and hydraulic techniques to seed the new course. Survivability and fill-in greatly improve when sprigs are capped and the course is ready for play soon than with old-fashioned straight mechanical planting. This method is a boon for golf course owners and any others who want economical and fast coverage of turf grasses on their project.
Our mulch-seed mixtures are tailored to project needs and designed to promote growth, stabilize the soil, and enhance the manicured appearance of the project. We use high quality, weed-free, project-specific seed species for healthy, enduring vegetation. We also provide detailed instructions for proper irrigation schedules and we suggest ongoing turf management techniques to insure the long term viability of your project.
We provide general labor services to our partners on very favorable terms to assist you with various incidents and projects that arise on your job site. We have performed a variety of services, not limited to, but including the following: fencing, painting, trash pickup and hauling, trenching, loading and unloading of materials, irrigation, repairs, basic security, cleaning, etc.
All of our employees are insured and receive annual mine safety & health (MSHA) training. All supervisors have first aid training and usually have extensive backgrounds in the construction industry, which we utilize as a diverse talent base.
Feel free to ask us about your particular project needs where you require extra labor. If we can perform the task and met your expectations, we can save you both valuable time and money. If your needs exceed our skill set, we will respectfully decline your request in a very timely manner so we do not delay your project.
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 ¼ 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.
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 different seeding applications, we can create multiple approaches for a treatment plan that is most suited to your project’s social, economic and restorative needs.
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, are 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.
Using our extensive knowledge and experience, we will meet your needs for soil stabilization, erosion control, restoration and vegetative cover in a successful manner.
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 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 small, pristine meadow, which was infected by a competitor’s “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 additional 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.
Organic mulches are used in a 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.
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.
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 use 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.
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.