Totalling an area of approximately 460 hectares, part of The Petrie Mill precinct is currently being landscaped by Direct Landscape Services in readiness for a new University campus. The precinct incorporates significant green spaces, including ovals and picnic areas, as well as a bioretention basin and ecological conservation zones. Koala habitat protection is a key part of the project, with new habitat and wildlife corridors strategically planned throughout the area.
Local experts Direct Landscape Services were engaged to construct the green spaces for Stage 1A of this project, including the large bioretention basin which borders tributaries of the North Pine River.
Direct Landscape Services are planting out large areas with native grasses in the bioretention basins. The team required a protection and erosion control product that could ensure the seedlings were able to establish themselves, whilst mitigating erosion from rainfall and reducing any tidal effects from the North Pine River and its neighbouring creeks.
GEOmasta supplied 1500 square metres of EROmasta Jute Mesh, which is being used as an effective erosion control measure. The 485gsm loose-knit netting is made from a derivative of hessian and is specifically designed to act as an erosion control mat.
Jute mesh creates an environment which promotes rapid natural plant growth. It is ideal for installation on a levelled soil subgrade and is easy to roll out and install, simply laying it over the terrain without applying tension, and overlapping each row of the mesh by around 100mm. Jute mesh is ideal for applications such as grass establishment, coastal areas, wetlands and natural revegetation.
When used with 60mm or more of topsoil, the mesh provides an excellent environment for new plant establishment. Jute mesh performs best when it is allowed to follow the natural contours of the terrain. This ensures it has a suitable connection with the soil subgrade and further encourages vegetation growth.