Winter storms have an erosive impact on the ground, and that's why it's critical for builders to take the appropriate measures. In an article in Grading & Excavation Contractor, Greg Northcutt expands on what steps you should take. He emphasizes that builders, particularly in regions that get a lot of snow, should establish vegetation in the fall or earlier in the spring.
"You increase the potential for erosion at a construction site by removing vegetation," says Bill Agnew, CPESC, of Reveg Environmental Consulting in Lehi, UT. "So the sooner you get it back, the sooner you can reduce the potential for excessive erosion. Seed your permanent or temporary vegetation in the fall. That avoids waiting in the spring for soils to dry enough to bring in seeding equipment and captures the full benefit of winter and spring moisture to get plants off to an earlier start."
Once you begin construction activity in the winter, you want to both minimize the amount of soil disturbed and that which is left unprotected, explains Agnew.
If your soil is at risk for freezing or thawing, you may want to consider sediment control measures. For slopes, Agnew suggests hydromulch or a tackifier, both low-cost temporary covers.
In addition, it's advisable to take extra precautions to guard against hydroseeding equipment freezing up. Most importantly, you want to keep water flowing through hydroseeding equipment.
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Follow these tips to winterize your construction site.