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Advantages of EssentialSoil™

Because EssentialSoil™ is engineered, use-specific blends formulated for performance, they have many advantages over regular topsoil.

In situations needing erosion or structural soils, the proven attributes of EssentialSoil™ can mean the difference between success and failure on a project.

In planting beds, veggie gardens and lawns, EssentialSoil™ allows ample room for air and water, while maintaining a dense nutrient base and structure.

  • A living soil, rich with beneficial microbial activity

  • Supports rapid, healthy and self-sustaining plant & root growth

  • Can be customized to meet specific site and vegetation needs

  • Can be applied to slopes in deep layers

  • Reduces sediment by 99%-100%

  • Reduces runoff by up to 60%

  • Binds heavy metals, bio-degrades hydro-carbon pollutants

  • Can be applied on slopes up to 70 degrees or more

  • Designed for pneumatic installation

  • Easily tele-conveyed into place

  • Reduces height or eliminates retaining structures

  • Reduces need or eliminates storm and drain systems

  • Bonds to hillsides without netting withstanding weather until vegetation is established

  • Balances water retention and permeability

    • Greater infiltration into the soil

    • Greater evapo-transpiration from healthier plants

  • Soil structure workable in extreme wet conditions, does not compact or turn to mud

  • Oxygen diffuses easily and rapidly into the soil to prevent and remediate anaerobic conditions

  • Beneficial to waterways, shorelines, fish and wildlife

Disadvantages of other materials

Planting Methods

  • Require more up-front maintenance for success of plant material

  • Increase labor costs to install plant materials

  • Lack quality soils and produce weak or sickly plant, which:

    • creates necessity for plant mortality budgeting

    • creates unattractive aesthetics

    • necessitates noxious weed control

    • undermines reputation


  • Application usually requires a great deal of grade preparation

  • Compaction by heavy equipment hardens soil surface

  • Time/labor intensive

  • Some synthetic netting does not bio-degrade

  • Some synthetics contain toxins harmful to the environment

  • Application causes a permanent hazard to wildlife

  • Wildlife can cause significant damage to the application

  • Can bind or cut into roots creating structural flaws and disease in plants

  • Usually offers only a small decrease in water velocity and runoff

Tackifiers and Sealers

  • Seal the surface shut, cutting off oxygen for plants and microorganisms

  • Application is not a sustainable resource

  • Products can be toxic to the environment


  • Not always effective on hard-pan surfaces

  • May take multiple applications

  • Does not prevent erosion or sedimentation until fully established

  • Synthetic fertilizers used by many hydroseeders damage soil microorganisms, the process that develops sustainable plant establishment


  • Costly and time consuming

  • Lasts only as long as the material from which they are built, and will eventually decompose and necessitate rebuilding of another structure

  • Sometimes require complex drainage and maintenance

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