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Offline Trajan01

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Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« on: Wed September 16, 2009, 01:35:13 PM »
Hey guys, I wanted to share a little about an interesting project we just completed Monday.  We were awarded a contract to seed a earthen basket wall along the boundary of a mixed use commercial development in N. Raleigh, NC.  The wall stretches for about 3500 linear ft and had an average height of 40-50ft. 

Well, first of all I would like to thank Ray for some reassurance and advice he was kind to give before we started the project.

Some of the challenges we faced right off the bat was the fact that the wall builder installed a 6 ft fence along the top of the wall and the contractor constructed a small berm approximately 8-10 ft inside and running parallel to the fence to prevent water runoff over the wall.  The ground got very soft as it approached the fence and forced us to use a larger lift that could stay back on solid ground.  Also vehicle access was very limited to the bottom of the wall. 

The equipment we used was a TT 500 HarvE and a Genie 80 ft articulating man lift.  The contractor was kind enough to dedicate one of his water trucks to our efforts which made life so much easier.

We applied Flexterra @ 3500 lbs/acre in a two-step process as recommended by Profile literature and were very pleased that our HarvE could easily mix and spray 200lbs of flex per load through 1.5 inch hose.  The seed was a mix of tall and hard fescues, annual rye, weeping lovegrass, hairy vetch, and durana clover.  We also applied a granular starter fert and Profile’s NeutraLime Dry, BioPrime and Jumpstart. 

The seed load and flexterra cap were applied from both above the wall with the lift and from ground level to avoid shadowing.  It took a bit of coordination to keep the truck and lift all moving in synch but we managed pretty well.

As shown in the picture we used a large piece of 6in pvc strapped to the platform on the seeder to run the hose through and then over the fence.  This allowed us to just drive along the crest of the berm and the sprayer would walk the base of the wall or ride the lift spraying.  When we were using the lift we had one person driving it and another spraying.  I would keep the truck moving forward and giving the lift driver directions since he was below the edge of the wall and couldn’t really see to drive.  Anyway, it took us 4.5 days with one day lost to a broken lift.  We are on top of the world about this job and I wanted to share it with everyone.
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Re: Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« Reply #1 on: Wed September 16, 2009, 01:36:25 PM »
More pictures
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Re: Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« Reply #2 on: Wed September 16, 2009, 02:53:22 PM »
Awesome job.  Thanks for shareing the pics.  These type of projects are a great way to show the diverse application processes of hydroseeding.  Looks like you guys did a great job.  We have been using Flex Terra alot and have had great results.

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Re: Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« Reply #3 on: Wed September 16, 2009, 03:40:13 PM »
Good looking job,  you get my vote for best picture and job for the photo contest :D  to bad no one did and article on this in one of the trade magazines..
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Re: Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« Reply #4 on: Wed September 16, 2009, 04:06:21 PM »
Wow, very nice job and very unique opportunity.. Congrats...
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Re: Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« Reply #5 on: Wed September 16, 2009, 04:55:08 PM »
Yes, I think that would get my vote for best photos of the year for our photo contest as well.  Awesome photos and very interesting job.  Looks great.   I do think some of the magazines would be interested in doing an article on it and could probably arrange that if you want.   I might also like to put a link to this thread on our website if that is ok with you.
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Re: Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« Reply #6 on: Wed September 16, 2009, 05:09:43 PM »
Thank you all.  Ray, you are more than welcome to use any photos you would like.  Susan and I are so pleased with how the machine did.  Not a single clog all week in what must have been nearly 35-40 loads.  No stress at all.  Also we have a couple of short videos that we are going to put on our website in the next day or so.  www.trajaninc.com

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Re: Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« Reply #7 on: Wed September 16, 2009, 05:11:37 PM »
yes very nice pictures.
I am doing one very much like your project soon.

500 linier feet. about 60 tall. x 2
will be planting with wildflowers,  on both sides of this slope/mound.
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Re: Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« Reply #8 on: Thu September 17, 2009, 06:58:48 PM »
Cool job, looks good.

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Re: Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« Reply #9 on: Mon September 21, 2009, 10:37:55 PM »
Here is an additional photo of this job, just to give you guys a little better idea of the scope of work
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Re: Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« Reply #10 on: Tue September 22, 2009, 06:29:34 AM »
Cool photo Dusty.   That really does put the job in perspective. 
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Re: Earthen Wall Hydroseeding Project
« Reply #11 on: Thu September 24, 2009, 07:37:26 PM »
Here's a little update with some photos from a little under 2 weeks since seeding.
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