Tag: soil

The upper layer of earth in which plants grow, a black or dark brown material typically consisting of a mixture of organic remains, clay, and rock particles.

Identification of Wetland Plants in Winter

Wetland plants, also known as hydrophytes or hydrophytic vegetation, have adaptations that enable them to grow and reproduce with their roots in water or saturated soil for at least part of the year. In contrast, plants that cannot survive in saturated conditions are commonly referred to as upland plants.

Along with

Down in the Trenches

Down in the Trenches

Kids building castles in the beach sand have something uniquely in common with contractors putting in sophisticated pipe networks or skyscraper foundations. Whether scraping out the dirt for King Arthur’s moat, or excavating for new municipal infrastructure, both require digging the trench and supporting that pit. The enterprising young engineers

Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa

Grading and excavating contractors that do site clearing are discovering equipment with the muscle to attack the most challenging jobs with speed, efficiency, and safety.

Look Before You Leap

Look Before You Leap

Many popular sayings are polar opposites of each other. “Look before you leap” is the exact opposite of “He who hesitates is lost.” However, a successful earthwork contractor must do both simultaneously. They must avoid the hidden dangers that can lurk below ground at any job site. They must also

Staying Power

Staying Power

When it comes to paving, “there is a place for asphalt and a place for concrete,” notes Bill Davenport, vice president of communications for the American Concrete Pavement Association.

Editor’s Comments: Embedded in the Concrete

Editor’s Comments: Embedded in the Concrete

Some of the earliest roads were built around 4,000 BC in Mesopotamia and were made of stone. The Romans made astounding technological advances in roadbuilding, using multiple layers of materials on top of crushed stone to allow for water drainage. Another breakthrough came in the early 19th century when a Scottish engineer laid

Profile Products Names Jim Tanner President and CEO

Profile Products Names Jim Tanner President and CEO

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.  — Profile Products has appointed Jim Tanner as president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2018. Tanner will be taking over for outgoing CEO John A. Schoch Jr. Schoch will transition into an executive chairman role and will remain active in manufacturing operations alongside Tanner.

Tanner has

Retaining Walls to Overcome Site Limitations

Retaining Walls to Overcome Site Limitations

Occasionally, a project comes along that pushes beyond the boundary of a typical installation. Several recent projects do just that—an amusement park pedestrian bridge, an elevated entrance drive, and coastal bluff stabilization. All involve components intended to contain subgrade materials and improve the human landscape in aesthetic ways. Each project

Duking It Out in Public and 50 Million Cubic Meters

Duking It Out in Public and 50 Million Cubic Meters

As we look back on 2017, we’ve certainly had an interesting year.  Let’s revisit a few more of Erosion Control’s  top posts for the year.

The following blog post was our most commented EC blog.
Duking It Out in Public
Where do you stand on climate change? Is the issue settled? Do you think there are

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