Erosion isn’t too hard to recognize: the striations across your landscape will clearly indicate when the land isn’t strong enough to stay in place and when it’s being eroded away. Recognizing erosion isn’t the problem, however: identifying what’s causing it and how you can stop it are going to be your chief objectives.
Identifying erosion comes down to looking for two chief identifiers: manmade erosion catalysts and natural causes of erosion:
- Manmade erosion—also called expedited erosion—usually occurs when some form of development has compromised the land. Changing land grades, improperly tilling soil, allowing excessive grazing on land, paving new structures, etc.—all of these will exacerbate the condition of the land and cause retrograde soil composition, which in turn leads to high rates of erosion.
- Natural erosion can be caused by anything from excessive rainfalls to high winds and virtually anything in between. Climate and weather are always in flux, which means erosion must always be considered as a result.
Identifying the cause of erosion means narrowing it down to the two catalysts above, then, once you have a handle on the cause, you can further narrow the issue to a specific action. In many cases, there are likely multiple causes of erosion—pinpointing each and how they affect the erosion rates is also going to be critical in seeking a sustainable solution.
A cable concrete solution
Implementing a solution for your erosion problem comes down to finding something that will a) stem the existing erosion rates and b) offer sustainability once in place. This combination of traits is what frequently makes cable concrete mats a superior choice, regardless of whether or not the erosion is manmade or natural.
Cable concrete is also a superior choice because it solves many erosion problems based on their catalyst. For example:
- Soil weakened by cattle overgrazing and a lack of foliage can benefit from cable concrete matting with face planting, which will serve to re-root foliage, restoring health to the soil.
- Embankment erosion via natural catalysts can be controlled with channelization, wherein cable concrete mats are laid down to support definition in the waterway.
- Erosion caused by excessive runoff via culverts or flash flooding can be controlled and mitigated in the long term via cable concrete catchments.
Cable concrete is a one-size-fits-all solution to erosion control and prevention, simply because it can be tailored to meet the needs of unique applications, against the damages caused by unique catalysts.
In reality, the problem of determining the cause of erosion and solving it becomes one of simply identifying the problem and seeking the best cable concrete approach! And, with open-cell and closed-cell cable concrete mats available, the application of cable concrete can even further be customized to meet the precise needs of an application.
If you’re dealing with erosion, know that it’s a problem that will only become worse if not appropriately dealt with. Consult with International Erosion Control Systems today about how cable concrete mats can be used to remediate your situation.