Filter Sock - Erosion Control Solutions

Filter sock being used on sloped lawn for erosion control

Most commonly used at construction sites, filter socks can also be used in a variety of landscaping applications for erosion and sediment control. Water runoff brings concern of contamination or erosion but, when installed down slope from disturbed areas, compost or mulch filter socks can contain, reduce and redirect water flow.

Controlling the perimeter of a construction site is pertinent in concern to ensuring sediments and soluble pollutants stay in place. Applied Mulch & Soil is here to help fit your next construction site with filter socks to help minimize erosion from storm water.

These perimeter controls allow water to flow steadily and at a controlled rate while preventing fine soil particles from passing through. The sock is designed to ensure ground contact is made while preventing elements from flowing beneath it. The design of the sock makes your job site easy to access with its low profile design.

Filter Sock Use

Filter socks are quickly becoming the preferred perimeter and sediment control products, and in many cases filter sock installation is cheaper, faster, and easier than the alternative silt fences. Additionally, they are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Even when the trenching needed for silt fences is not possible, sediment and erosion control filter socks can be installed. Applied Mulch and Soil can install filter socks at paved locations, around sensitive trees and vegetation, or on frozen ground.

Filter Sock Applications

Also known as silt socks, the most common construction and landscaping applications are:

  • Sediment Control – Easily determine the boundaries of your construction project or site with barriers that trap and retain contaminated sediment.
  • Stormwater Management – Filter socks can slow, interrupt and/or redirect stormwater runoff to secured areas and away from areas it can potentially damage. They are also used to reduce runoff velocity on sloped banks, preventing erosion.
  • Stabilization – Filter socks can be applied to stabilize and prevent the erosion of channel beds as well as inclined land masses like river or pond banks. They are even used within living retaining walls. The use of filter socks for retaining walls or on erodible soils provides stabilization, preventing erosion as well as the strength needed to promote the growth of vegetation.

Environmental and Cost Advantages of Using Compost Filter Sock Mulch

We have already mentioned the ease of installation and aesthetic qualities of filter socks compared to silt fencing, but there are other advantages as well. Economically, there is reduced cost in installation but also in clean up and disposal. Because there is no trenching necessary, workers do not have to back fill trenches or contend with the settling of the ground. Filter Socks are cut open and the compost filling can be leveled directly into the surrounding terrain. The mesh has to be disposed of, but this is minimal when compared to the waste created when dismantling silt fencing (metal spikes, chicken wire, etc.) The organic compost is good for the environment and can be over seeded to promote new vegetative growth.


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