Planting for Coir Fibers
Coir Fibers and Erosion Control Plants
Some of GEI Works' most frequently asked questions involve how our coconut coir fiber products are sold and how they can be used with vegetation. Below, we have a gathered some of our most frequently asked questions involving vegetation, coir fiber products, and erosion control plants. Looking for more specific information from GEI works about our coir fiber products, including sizing and availability? If you have a question that you do not see below, you can reach us at 1-772-646-0597.
|1. Do GEI Works coir fiber products come pre-seeded?||Answer|
|2. What erosion control plants work best with coir?||Answer|
|3. How do you seed with coir products?||Answer|
|4. How long do GEI Works coir products last?||Answer|
|5. How do erosion control plants work with the product as it biodegrades?||Answer|
Coir fiber products offered by GEI Works are not available pre-seeded, however, they are designed for easy vegetation, plugs, and seeds purchased locally.
One of the main reasons coir logs, wattles, and blankets do not come pre-seeded is because native vegetation will usually work best in a given location or project site. Native vegetation will vary depending on the location, temperature, and erosion situation. Using natural/native vegetation or erosion control plants can offer the following advantages:
- Natural to The Project Area
- Proven to Thrive and Survive
- Blends into Surroundings and the Environment
- Quickly Takes Root
- Establishes Growth Fast
- Recognizable to Surrounding Wildlife
- Will Not Disrupt Existing Scosystem
Seeding and vegetation methods will vary greatly depending on the project site's location, slope, as well as which coir product is being implemented. In general, seeding is most commonly used in conjunction with coir logs or coir matting.
Coir Logs: When seeding with coir logs, there are a couple of different methods customers will deploy in order to adequately stabilize their location. This may include seeding directly into the logs or seeding in the areas immediately around the logs. If seeding into logs, plant plugs are usually installed directly into the logs. If seeding around logs, erosion control plants are usually installed immediately upslope of the logs to help stabilize the location and prevent further erosion.
Coir Mats: Coir mats are available in two standard styles:
- Open-Weave: Open-weave mats, also referred to as coir netting, are some of the easiest mats to seed. These mats feature an open-weave design that makes it easier to install plants, whether before or after installation of the coir fiber mat. Open-weave mats also make it easier to use plugs or other larger types of erosion control plants or vegetation.
- Coconut Coir Mats with Netting: These GEI Works coir fiber mats feature coconut coir fibers that are surrounded with either a polypropylene or jute netting. Planting with these mats is usually done prior to installation.. This allows the plants to grow through the material. While the mats can be cut slightly to more easily insert plants, any cuts will decrease the strength and structural stabilization of the mat.
The standard life span of a coir product will range anywhere from 2 to 5 years depending on the location and demands placed on the product. For example, areas with higher flows and water contact may lower the lifespan of the product.
A majority of GEI Works' coir products feature 100% natural and biodegradable materials. This means that as they break down, they do not harm surrounding plants and wildlife. As the product biodegrades, it will blend into and enrich the surrounding soil. One feature that adds to the popularity of our coir products is their durability, and extended lifespan. This allows ample time for any erosion control plants enough time to fully take root before the coir fiber product completely biodegrades.
If you have any additional questions, please contact our GEI Works product specialists at 1-772-646-0597.