Although hydroseeding can often be an effective treatment for surficial slope instabilities, steep slopes and landslide prone terrain call for an altogether different approach.
The first step in analyzing a particular site is to determine the primary source of instability. Most frequently this can be attributed to high soil saturation and poor drainage. When combined with weak soils, joints or fissures in the slope material, contrasting material permeability, and steep slopes, the result is often catastrophic.
Developing a Solution
Once the primary sources of instability have been identified and the soil properties analyzed, a mitigation plan can be developed for each area of concern:
- Surface and ground water drainage
- Failure planes/zones
- Soil mass support
- Rockfall hazard
- Vegetative establishment
Common mitigation techniques include percussion driven earth anchors, structural repair with compacted soil lifts, surface and subsurface drains, soil nails, gabions, and gravity systems. Effectively integrating these methods is the key to long-term slope stability.