Erosion Control for Horse Arena in Elizabeth, CO

Erosion control matting is a very important step when we excavate and install a new horse arena. We recently installed some erosion control matting at a new horse arena in Elizabeth, CO which you can see in a couple of these photos.

At Dirt Dogs Excavating we specialize in  being perfectionists in erosion control. We don’t just toss out straw and hope it will work – nope – we lay down erosion control matts precisely and carefully to ensure that the rain and runoff from your newly installed horse arena (or landscaping project) will be handled in the best way possible. As you can see in these photos we excavated and contoured the landscape so water would smoothly drain away from the horse arena. (We also put in the access road.) From these photos you can see how the water will drain off gradually and flow down into the valley below.

Erosion matting, also known as erosion control blankets or erosion control mats, are materials used to prevent soil erosion and promote vegetation growth on slopes, embankments, and other areas prone to erosion.

Things we do when we apply  erosion control matting:

  1. Prepare the Site: Clear the area of any debris, rocks, or other obstructions. Grade the surface to ensure proper drainage and smooth out any rough areas.
  2. Select the Right Matting: Choose erosion matting appropriate for your site conditions, such as slope gradient, soil type, and climate. There are different types of erosion matting available, including straw, coconut fiber, synthetic, or biodegradable materials.
  3. Anchor the Matting: Begin by anchoring the erosion matting at the top of the slope or embankment. Use stakes, staples, or other anchoring devices to secure the matting in place. Ensure that the anchoring devices penetrate the soil securely to prevent the matting from shifting or being washed away.
  4. Overlap and Secure Joints: If using multiple rolls of erosion matting, overlap the edges of adjacent rolls to ensure continuous coverage. Secure the overlapping edges with staples or other fasteners to prevent gaps where soil erosion could occur.
  5. Install Additional Stabilization: Depending on the slope gradient and erosion risk, you may need to install additional stabilization measures such as erosion control netting, wire mesh, or rock riprap along with the erosion matting to provide extra support and protection.
  6. Plant Vegetation: If the erosion matting allows for vegetation growth, sow seeds or plant vegetation through the matting according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Ensure proper soil preparation and irrigation to promote healthy plant growth.
  7. Maintenance: If needed, we can come back and inspect the erosion matting for any signs of damage or displacement. Replace any damaged sections and re-anchor loose areas as needed. Monitor vegetation growth and provide additional maintenance such as watering, fertilizing, or weed control as necessary to ensure successful erosion control.

Of course, if you’re need a new horse arena, landscaping excavation or erosion control matting … give Dirt Dogs a call or contact us through our quote form!

Phone: (303) 435-4774