E50 + Muddy Paddocks
Mud can create dangerous conditions in residential, commercial and agricultural spaces. This particular instance saw a horse paddock plagued with mud. The presence of mud can greatly increase moisture related diseases in horses, and poses safety risks to both horses and riders alike.
It was recently discovered that a drainage membrane (in this case a needle punched non-woven geotextile was used) can be placed directly on top of the muddy ground with no preparation required. In some cases a sub base will need to be created to obtain a 1.5% – 4% slope if it does not already exist.
To get a long-lasting mud solution, the geotextile must be laid down with a 4 inch overlap. After that is complete, Ecoraster E50 is installed creating a solid, permeable surface. Both are easy to install requiring little skilled labour. Once the Ecoraster Grid is in place, P-Gravel or chipped stone can be used as fill. The grid does not need to be completely buried, but can be depending on the design aesthetic. While this is a permeable solution, we do recommend a gradient of approximately 2% to prevent water pooling.
This horse paddock was transformed from an unsafe area to a stable, permeable horse paddock free from mud-related issues. Ecoraster E50 is also designed to endure hot summer heat and harsh winter climates making it a fantastic year round solution. This customer was thrilled with the transformation of their space, and was impressed with the ease of installation and how cost-effective the Ecoraster Grid was overall. While Horse Paddocks are a natural fit for this type of application, the same methodology can be applied to virtually any area suffering from complications with mud providing an inexpensive, easy to install, long lasting and durable solution.
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