Tag: vegetation

Vegetation is assemblages of plant species and the ground cover they provide. It is a general term, without specific reference to particular taxa, life forms, structure, spatial extent, or any other specific botanical or geographic characteristics. It is broader than the term flora which refers to species composition. Perhaps the closest synonym is plant community, but vegetation can, and often does, refer to a wider range of spatial scales than that term does, including scales as large as the global. Primeval redwood forests, coastal mangrove stands, sphagnum bogs, desert soil crusts, roadside weed patches, wheat fields, cultivated gardens and lawns; all are encompassed by the term vegetation.

Heavy Duty Cycle

Heavy Duty Cycle

Industry innovations often arise from the people whose everyday work poses a frustrating obstacle. “If we could only do…” or “If there was just a machine that did…think how much better our work product could be!”

Marshalling ideas plus experience and faced with the growing dilemma of keeping equipment clean, Garrett

Earth, Wind, and Water

Earth, Wind, and Water

Nature has been using water to shape the landscape since the beginning of time. Wind, rain, rivers, streams, and creeks can shape valleys and carve out canyons. These waterways and wind paths are themselves constantly changing; as a Greek philosopher noted, “We can never step in the same river twice.”

The Benefits of Engineered Soils

The Benefits of Engineered Soils

Engineered soil: it sounds like a new concept, but one historical record notes it is more than 1,000 years old. In the sixth century AD, a group of ascetic monks left the lush, green mainland of Ireland seeking a new, remote environment to practice their dedication and humility. Braving the

Every Job and Every Day Are Different

Every Job and Every Day Are Different

The hydroseeding machine and the crew may be the same as last month or last year, but every job is different. Each project has its own variables—tricky slopes, tight timelines, rain that just won’t quit, and more. Finding the right combination of seeds, mulch, and other ingredients so that soil

Pipeline Reclamation: A Growing Field

Pipeline Reclamation: A Growing Field

Increasing miles of pipeline are being built to transport oil and natural gas across the US. More miles of pipeline equals a larger need for reclamation of those rights of way (ROWs) that have been affected by the excavation. Many companies entering the reclamation field or contracting such services have

Battling Invasive Species

Battling Invasive Species

When William Shakespeare introduced the starling into his play Henry IV more than 400 years ago, he recognized the bird’s moderately annoying qualities by imagining it tormenting its host with the repetition of a single utterance—over and over and over. However, he certainly could have had no concept that his

Gabions and Channel Stabilization

Gabions and Channel Stabilization

Perhaps nothing tests the stabilization of a channel or streambank like a significant flood event, such as Hurricane Harvey delivered in 2017. Such events highlight whether a long-established gabion installation has withstood the test of time.

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