Case study: Binna Burra

The challenge

Main Roads Gold Coast contracted us to effectively revegetate an area of extremely unstable steep slopes, with little or no topsoil, just below Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland. Having been badly affected by the bushfires in late 2019, the area needed urgent regeneration.

Read more about the case study and its results here

EnviroStraw’s revegetation solutions deliver significant water efficiencies and cost savings

Water efficiency is critical on construction and mine sites, especially in remote and dry areas of Australia, and EnviroStraw has proven revegetation solutions that transform any soils using up to 40% less water than conventional products!

Water efficiency and your project

Targeting the best possible Water Use Efficiency (WUE) result on any project is a key goal for project designers and construction managers on large sites across Australia. But our harsh climate can make this very difficult to achieve as we face changing climatic conditions and longer periods of hot and dry weather.

There is also the impact on the environment to consider especially if water is needed to be withdrawn from local rivers and streams for a revegetation project. Costs increase while the surrounding ecology and aquatic wildlife can suffer.

Water savings with EnviroStraw

There are many benefits to using EnviroStraw’s innovative products and programs to quickly and sustainably revegetate any site. But one of the standout features of EnviroStraw’s soil science technology is the water savings.

This high level of water efficiency results in significant cost savings by reducing the need for ongoing maintenance and watering and lowering the risk of needing any expensive reworks. These water savings are also beneficial for the environment not only because you’re using less of this precious resource, but a reduced reliance on watering systems also means that there’s less degradation of the soil and greater erosion control.

World-first technology that works

Working with Australia’s leading soil scientists, EnviroStraw has developed products and programs that are proven and tested to use significantly less water during the application process compared to our competitors. Our low water usage solutions using our Hydromulch products can be tailored to the specific needs of each site.

We’ve also developed non-watering options that are delivered by including our EnviroBond Polymer which is a unique, high performance liquid soil binder. Then you can just sit back and wait for Mother Nature to provide the water for free which could save hundreds of thousands of dollars in watering costs on a large scale project! Here we explain how these ground-breaking solutions work.

Low water usage

EnviroStraw’s BioGrowth™ is a world first system that blends fertilisers and a long term control release nitrogen source with 22 specially selected microbes. This works to naturally and rapidly build up the levels of carbon and nutrients in the soil, increasing microbial activity which in turn enables an optimum level of water infiltration and moisture retention.

When combined with EnviroStraw’s range of specially designed Hydromulch products and applied to a site, the results are astounding. EnviroStraw Hydromulch products require up to 40% less water than conventional mulch products. As an example, using EnviroStraw Hydromulch will save 42,000 litres of water per hectare compared to using a standard sugar cane paper blend hydromulch product. And you’ll save more than 30,000 litres of water by using EnviroStraw Hydromulch compared to using a conventional wood fibre mulch.

Using the EnviroStraw Hydromulch programs substantially reduces the cost of running water trucks on site to fill the hydromulching machinery. This improves on site efficiencies with each tank of hydromulch covering more area per tank load compared to conventional products. It all adds up to significant cost and water savings for site managers.

Non-watering option

Often revegetation projects can be high maintenance requiring ongoing watering systems which can be very expensive when a site is located in a hot, dry climate. Trying to keep up with the watering requirements of the establishing vegetation and prevent it dying off can be an impossible task.

EnviroStraw has a non-watering option that’s easy to implement and costs cents on the dollar compared to a traditional watering program. Our special liquid soil binder, EnviroBond Polymer, creates a 3D honeycomb shaped matrix in the topsoil layers which can penetrate and bind any soil type, even sand. This protects nutrients and seeds and retains water, holding the soil and EnviroStraw Hydromulch layer in place for up to 12 months or longer while waiting for natural rain events to occur.

  • Some of the benefits of EnviroBond Polymer include:
  • No water required via water trucks saving you money
  • Natural rain events germinate the grass seed free of charge
  • Improved stability of the Hydromulch layer
  • Significantly reduces the risk of erosion
  • Protects the grass seed and holds it in place
  • Enhances germination
  • Improves water penetration into the soil
  • Improves the water holding capacity of the soil

Increased water efficiency through tailored revegetation solutions

If you’re looking for low water usage or non watering options for a construction or mine site rehabilitation project, then contact the team at EnviroStraw on 1300 868 669 and sales@envirostraw.com.au to find out more about our proven revegetation solutions.

Big ideas, world class results, proudly Australian made

The EnviroStraw difference – the benefits of Australian made revegetation solutions

Australian grown ingenuity and tenacity is proving its worth for those needing to revegetate commercial and civil sites. EnviroStraw had humble beginnings, but a big idea and a passion for doing things differently has seen it grow into an Australian success story proving you can find world-leading, proven revegetation solutions right here at home.

From humble beginnings to world-class provider

EnviroStraw was founded after the devastating Queensland floods of 2011 with a driving ambition to use only Australian renewable resources and support local jobs. That focus on providing high quality revegetation products created right here in Australia has paid off.

EnviroStraw is now the in-demand provider of advanced revegetation solutions for mine sites, commercial developments and infrastructure projects. Our products and innovative programs transform highly disturbed soils into lush, green grass quickly and cost-effectively all while supporting Australian farmers, workers and communities.

Peter Carmichael receives Excellence In Innovation award from the International Erosion Control Association

A challenging road to success

It wasn’t all smooth sailing to get to where we are today but those challenges have taught us valuable lessons and helped us find solutions that are setting a new standard in our industry.

The first obstacle was the long search for the right mechanically and thermally-processed fibre material to make our Hydromulch. The easy route would have been to just import product from overseas but we stuck to our commitment to Australian-made. We found the perfect straw cubes in Yarrawonga in rural Victoria, working hard to hone the production process with our manufacturing partner.

After much trial and error with the packaging for our products, we also decided to invest in our own baling equipment. This has meant we deliver a consistent package every time to our clients eliminating any contamination issues.

When it came to the binders and tackifiers that hold our Hydromulch products on the ground, traditional methods weren’t working so we designed our own. We tried countless formulas until we came up with the ideal binder and now our Hydromulch stays where it is sprayed.

This determination to find Australian-grown solutions has resulted in EnviroStraw’s range of Hydromulch products and innovative programs meeting and exceeding world-class standards. We regularly send shipments to international buyers in China and Papua New Guinea as well as our domestic clients.

The benefits of supporting Australian-made

In an industry which is seeing increased competition from international products, EnviroStraw stands out as a wholly Australian-owned and operated leader in the revegetation field. We employ Australian workers, we only use Australian renewable resources bought from Aussie farmers and our products are made in rural Victoria.

We all know the trials Aussie farmers are facing whether it’s severe drought, bushfires or floods. Being able to back farmers at such a challenging time is incredibly important to the team at EnviroStraw. It makes us proud to know that we buy the crops of Aussie farmers and that by manufacturing our products in rural Victoria we’re in turn supporting the local community.

Home-grown expertise that works

By working with an Australian-owned company, our clients are supporting Australian jobs and the use of Australian renewable resources. That means little however unless your product really works. And EnviroStraw’s range of revegetation solutions are proven to achieve superior results even in the extremely challenging Australian environment.

It’s incredibly satisfying to watch grass grow in what seemed like impossible conditions. EnviroStraw teamed up with one of Australia’s leading microbiologists and soil scientists to set this new standard in revegetation. Some examples of this include:

  • our BioGrowth system which rehabilitates highly disturbed and damaged soils with minimum effort and cost;
  • our non-watering program which saves project owners substantial sums of money; and
  • our GeoSpray product which stops erosion in its tracks for extended periods of time.

Australian-grown revegetation solutions

From humble beginnings and through the challenges of the early years, EnviroStraw has developed unique products and services that are setting a new standard in the Hydromulch industry. Our Australian-owned and operated small business proudly supports Australian jobs and communities through our locally made products.

If you’re looking for high-quality, proven revegetation solutions from an Australian-owned and operated company, then get in touch with the Hydromulch experts at EnviroStraw on 1300 868 669 or sales@envirostraw.com.au

Case study: Glencoe Cut

The challenge

Comparison trial of the EnviroMatrix ECM program and a conventional inorganic program. The Trial was set up to determine the best approach to ensure the revegetation and rehabilitation works would meet or exceed the desired outcome.

Solution

Read more about the case study and its results here

Diversify and multiply

As leaders in the supply of revegetation products and specification services, the team at EnviroStraw understand plant diversity is one of the key factors to a success of any revegetation project.

Designed to encourage the establishment of native vegetation in the shortest possible time, our EnviroStraw BioGrowth™ Program has been developed to produce outstanding results with long term sustainability.

Tasked with returning the environment back to its former glory on this road development project, we set to work utilising the EnviroStraw BioGrowth™ Program. In just under five months, the cover crop has done its job of stabilisation and erosion control while also kick starting the soil building process that encourages the growth of native trees, shrubs and grasses that are well and truly establishing in this picture.

With proven results and world leading technology behind our success, contact EnviroStraw for the most cost-effective solutions for your next revegetation project. For more information contact 0409 677 449 or email on sales@envirostraw.com.au.

Success on any soil

The team at EnviroStraw was engaged by our client to solve their significant revegetation project on a road construction site in Northern NSW.

With a broken rock subsoil, a 2H-1V slope and one of the hottest and driest summer’s on record, the revegetation growth is nothing short of outstanding and gives further evidence to EnviroStraw’s advanced soil science and world class Biotic Growth products.

Our image shows the slope after just sixteen months of growth and minimal water only from natural rain events. Included in the regeneration project were eighteen native plant species, including native grasses and fast growing acacias. This rapid growth under challenging environs provided our client with a great outcome in a short period of time and continues to impress them as the vegetation flourishes.

Developed in the laboratory and validated in field on any kind of soil, the EnviroStraw team is ready to assist you with your revegetation project.

For a no obligation proposal, contact EnviroStraw on 0409 677 449 or email on sales@envirostraw.com.au.

Optimise your growth & minimise your costs

EnviroStraw continues to lead the way across the revegetation industry, with our patented and world first BioGrowth™ Program.

Designed to minimise financial outlay and deliver a long term sustainable outcome for our clients, the EnviroStraw BioGrowth™ Program works with the environment by rebuilding the native ecological systems without the use of any soluble fertilisers.

Able to be used on any site, including road construction, mine site rehabilitation and development areas, the BioGrowth™ Program builds on conventional revegetation practices by rejuvenating depleted soils and increasing beneficial microbial activity and soil carbon.

Our image shows a cover crop of Japanese Millet with a second crop of grasses germinating and establishing to produce a clover that is actually a form of legume. The role of the clover is to build nitrogen thus providing a long term and natural source for future plant life.

For more information on EnviroStraw’s BioGrowth™ Program contact us on 0409 677 449 or email on sales@envirostraw.com.au.

Case study: Glencoe Cut Comparison Trial, NSW

The challenge

After a BioGrowth Soil Science assessment, ECM was applied to a section of the Pacific Complete highway upgrade in New South Wales. A conventional revegetation program was applied simultaneously next to ECM to trial its success. The purpose of the trial was to determine the best approach to revegetation and rehabilitation in order to ensure that the works achieve the desired outcome.

Read more about the case study and its results here!