Terrafibre reclamation mats use 100% Canadian grown fibres decorticated and cleaned in Vegreville, Alberta and manufactured in Drayton Valley, Alberta. Once cleaned, the fibres are needle punched into a biodegradable cellulose scrim backing, creating a non-woven mat with a consistent thickness. This matting has the ability to have any grass seed, fertilizer or growth enhancer embedded within the mat for ease of installation.
Reclamation mats provide a mechanically stabilized form of immediate cover, functioning as a barrier against both the detachment and transportation phase of the erosion process until vegetation or reinforced vegetation assumes this function. Typically these mats are made from straw and/or coconut fibres with a non-biodegradable polypropylene netting. Terrafibre mats are 100% biodegradable and are created without the use of polypropylene netting. The Scrim Backing consists of 100% recycled material with a minimum 40% being post consumer content. Fibre mats produced from agricultural fibres such as hemp are used to combat weeds and to prevent erosion on and around newly constructed berms and steep highway banks by motorways. Hemp fibres greatly accelerate the establishment of vegetation. Vegetation can develop easily on the Terrafibre mat, thus ensuring a fast rooting in the ground which greatly helps stabilize the subsoil. Over time, the natural fibre mat will decompose completely and vegetation coverage reduces erosion. Typically, mats are used for the following applications: slope protection, channel and ditch linings, reservoir embankments and spillways, culvert inlets and outfalls, dikes, levees and riverbanks.