Prepare Yourself (and Your Budget) for Proper Park and Recreational Facility Care

Though we’ve been inundated with snow lately here in the Northeast, spring is, as they say, right around the corner. Well, from a technical standpoint, it’s here. That said, Parks and Recreation organizations here and around the country are prepping a piece of their annual budget to repair damaged and/or weathered elements of their facilities. There’s a lot of moving pieces and parts to a Park and Rec destination, and, quite literally, depending on environmental factors, these moving pieces and parts actually move.

If you’re in repair mode, what are the best solutions to avoid further damage and/or future washout and compromised hiking trails, ballparks, bike paths, landings, beachfronts, playground elements, etc.? If you’re in the process of planning a new facility or expanded facility offerings, how do you combat these potential environmental factors at the outset?

Global Environmental Solutions. That’s right. GES. Our suite of environmentally friendly DirtGlue® products are the ideal tool for tackling environmentally difficult obstacles.

There are myriad challenges with regard to how to treat the terrain in different parts of the park depending on how utilization of the varying pieces will be used.

You want to:

  • Eliminate dust
  • Have firm soil that isn’t being dispersed all over the place due to inevitable movement (of both the earth from wind and water erosion, as well as all of the various types of traffic pounding throughout the park, from feet to bikes, to cars, trucks, trailers and RV’s in parking areas…)
  • Have clean, aesthetically pleasing landscaping
  • Avoid potholes and other applicable dangers for people utilizing your facility

There’s lot to it.

Luckily, we’ve got the solution to best outfit all of the many “environments” that exist within the environment of a parks and recreation facility.

Consider the following:

DirtGlue Polymer® – Our flagship erosion control product fit for solid use in vast applications around a park and recreation facility. DirtGlue® polymer emulsion is a powerful, high-tech soil stabilization bonding agent specifically engineered to bond soil particles together. A non-hazardous product, DirtGlue® polymer contains no harmful chemicals, will not adversely affect people, animals or aquatic life.

TerraDry® – The ultimate solution to making the road less traveled, a safer and more stable option. The benefits of using TerraDry® are enormous. The use of “in-situ” cohesive and inferior soils saves time, expense, and resources. No longer is there a need to remove tons of inferior soil and haul it away to a landfill. Additionally, the cost of purchasing expensive aggregate is also eliminated. Your project costs are greatly reduced with roads back in service sooner with less disruption to the local infrastructure and population.

DustLess® – The name says it all. Where there’s dust, make it dustless. DustLess® soaks into the individual soil/dust particles and making them too heavy to move, thus eliminating dust and providing fugitive dust control. It does not form a crust and never evaporates, thereby being unaffected by traffic. DustLess® lasts a very long time, often giving you 9-12 months or more of dust control with one application.

ArenaKleen® – ArenaKleen®, like the aforementioned DustLess® product, eliminates dust. With this product, it makes for healthier environments around high impact, highly traveled paths and tracks. ArenaKleen® is formulated to absorb into each individual soil particle, meaning that soil particles remain in direct contact with each other, ensuring firm footing, and excellent traction with no stickiness, and thus no tracking.

DirtGlueDry® – Ideal for paths adorned with pavers, tiles, brick, whatever you’re using for footing and aesthetics. DirtGlueDry® is a powerful, high-tech polymer specifically engineered to be mixed with sand to eliminate washouts and erosion between pavers, bricks, patio blocks, and flagstones in walkways, driveways, patios, etc. The added strength helps keep the pavers in place and helps prevent weeds and all types of vegetation from growing in the joints and eliminate insects such as ants.

PotHoleGlue™ – Don’t just fill in potholes. Eliminate their existence and while you’re at it, their future existence as well. The three-component system boasts excellent bonding capabilities to fine particles, asphalt, aggregate, and other applicable substrate – sealing to the edge of the break. PotHoleGlue™ possesses superb curing characteristics at or above freezing temperatures, which is ideal during the winter months – the peak season for such road blemishes.

CompoMulch™ – When you start in on re-growing or improving on vegetation within your park and rec facility, you’re going to want something that helps those plants germinate and sprout quickly, healthfully, and safely. As is custom in all of our vast line of products, CompoMulch™ is a forward thinking solution to surrounding terrain and soil preparation as it pertains to hydroseeding and planting needs. While similar products exist in the market, our dutifully prepared “solution” which combines two preparation standards in vegetation development.

DGE Polymer Pavement System™ – If you’re thinking about paved surfaces for travel, think no further than our cutting-edge DGE Polymer Pavement System™. A road is not merely “pavement’. The DGE Polymer Pavement System™ consists of a solid foundation, a waterproofing agent (TerraDry® ) and a powerful, high-tech bonding agent (DirtGlue® Industrial). It is significantly less expensive to construct and maintain than Asphalt or Concrete while producing a permanent, hardened driving surface that equals or exceeds the strength and lifespan of Asphalt at the sample application thickness. It requires less construction equipment than asphalt or concrete by reducing the need to remove inferior soil and haul in aggregate base material, thus reducing construction time! It insures a durable smooth surface that resists erosion and traffic shear. This fully functioning system prohibits mud in the wet season and dust in the dry season.

MasonProof™ – If you’re looking for protection on any of your park and recreation facility structures at the foundation level, MasonProof™ is the answer. Engineers, construction contractors and builders deal with the destructive chemical reactions cement-based building materials suffer due mainly to the exposure to water, which acts as a reaction medium or solvent in this destruction. Film formers/barrier type technologies (coatings) have been widely used, but due to weathering and ultra violet exposure these coatings have limited lifespan and thus periodic reparative applications are required. This issue has been revolutionarily remediated with the all-inclusive protective properties of MasonProof™.

In short, we’ve got a whole lot of answers to your existing and/or potential troubles. All you need to do is give us a shout and we’ll get to work.

Building a Better, Stronger Road

We’re approaching springtime in the Northeast. The roads have been beaten and bruised with the (drastic) fluctuation in temperatures. Runoff and flooding from snowmelt increases soil saturation. If this saturated soil happens to be in the base or subgrade under the pavement then big problems occur. The result is an endless winding gauntlet of frost heaves, potholes, and cracked / uneven driving surfaces. It’s nothing new, but it is still, for whatever reason, a “newer concept” to tackle the issue at the source and attempt to prevent such drastic and costly repairs as the seasons change.

Roads are directly affected by the base plot of land they’re built on. They’re also affected by direct environmental factors such as nearby runoff and drainage factors. Therefore, and it’s likely obvious, the way you construct and maintain the terrain that immediately abuts any piece of a road is imperative. You can’t just flatten the surface and pour the asphalt. The soil should be made from aggregate of the proper gradation and it should be derived from crushed rock.

Road Building vs. Paving

Let’s start at the beginning. The main issue at hand is that most people simply look at the pavement and think “ROAD,” because that’s what shows. That’s “what’s on the surface.” With this attitude the end result is that they end up relying too much on – the pavement – without considering the other more important aspects that should go into any paving project. A road is not pavement. A road is a system of which the pavement is the top layer (much like the roof on a house is the top of a complete system of foundation, frame, walls, roof, etc. that make up the whole). See where we’re at with our thinking here?

In order to provide a pavement (which is what GES has created with our Polymer Pavement System), with good functionality along with a good lifespan, we need first to ensure a good base and good drainage, thus not relying on the pavement for strength but rather for consolidation of the surface aggregate such that there is no mud in the wet season and no dust in the dry season…

If the surface to be paved requires better load bearing, this can be accomplished using geosynthetics. The side benefit of the geosynthetics is better drainage as well. Have questions about geosynthetics? Call us. We have a warehouse full of answers.

When it comes to road building versus simply paving, it’s possible to have 2 – 3 inches of pavement (polymer, asphalt or concrete), which will support nearly any load if the base and subgrade are stable and well drained. It’s not feasible to rely on 4 inches or more to support any load if the base and or subgrade are poorly stabilized or poorly drained.

With Global Environmental Solutions, you’re taking a giant leap towards constructing roadways that are created with a correct, proactive approach the first time. We proved products that serve roads that are built to last.

And again, remember, a road is more than just a surface you drive on, and said strip of pavement is potentially compromised by any surrounding ecological variable. Look around. Is there a parcel of land running downward towards the roadway? If yes, that’s direct route for runoff and erosion to occur – eating away at your road and creating potentially disastrous driving conditions.

Products for consideration:

Contact GES today. We’ll help you design, plan, and construct the best road you can build, at a cost you can appreciate. Not only are you saving upfront, but on the backend as well. Forward thinking is the most sensible thinking. And thinking ahead leads to the road best travelled. (Or is it, best road travelled? – Pun fully intended…)

Bolster the Bottom Line: Keep Your Hydroseeding Equipment Running All Year Round with GES Products

Roadbase Stabilization

We understand that when it comes to hydroseeding and hydromulching you’ve got a lot of options to work with. Options are good. They keep the industry “honest,” or, at least that’s the hope.

Being headquartered in New Hampshire, we’ve been staring at a lot of hydroseeding and hydromulching activity on the side of highways, and the countless arrays of construction projects that happen during the spring, summer, and fall months. Some of it will be considered a success. Some of it “will suffice.” And some of it will fail. It’s a part of the “business.” It’s often not in your best interest to go with “the cheapest quote.”

With that said, we want to be as honest with you as we possibly can. It comes in the form of a proclamation – not because we’re looking to exude a degree of overconfidence – but rather, because our pride and reputation is in the products we produce. Therefore we’re here to tell you that DirtGlue is the finest product on the market when it comes to contractors and their quest to find a multi-faceted solution to their hydroseeding and hydromulching needs and/or operation. Sure, others have likely made the claim, but again, we’re coming at you as unbiased as we can possibly be. When we created our suite of products we studied what others were doing. We got to the root of common problems and improved upon areas of strength and we came up with our own, unique solution that, quite simply, exceeds expectations and flat out lasts. The proof is in the science. The science is in the “glue.”

Consider the following:

Using DirtGlue Polymer Emulsion instead of your regular tackifier when you “get to work” on a project is a much more effective and cost competitive solution when it comes to preventing runoffs and accelerating germination, which is the ultimate goal when you’re hydroseeding, right?

The unique bonding capabilities built in to the inherent core of our polymer technology keep soil, seeds, nutrients, and cellulose mix in place during heavy rains and extreme runoff situations (we’re again looking right at those jobs on the sloping banks at the side of the interstate on our commute to work…)

The long and short of things is this: DirtGlue Polymer Emulsion eliminates costly and time-consuming re-sprayings and touch-ups and every application gains a happy and satisfied customer, and, a well executed, environmentally sound jobsite.

DirtGlue Polymer Emulsion combined with your hydroseeding mix:

  • Holds water in the soil longer (thus feeding into a sought after greenhouse effect)
  • Protects the soil and plants from rapid dehydration
  • Enables two to five days of earlier germination
  • More than a 20% increase in the germination rate of grasses
  • Reduction in soil losses due to strong precipitation (sediment control)
  • Prevention of loss of fines due to wind erosion (dust control)

We all know that cost is at the heart of the things we choose in life. Cheaper is not cheaper in the grand scheme of things. Cheaper means (quite often), lesser quality. And lesser quality gives way to greater margins of error, and, as we mentioned earlier, more follow-up to touch up jobs, and, in some cases, completely redo a task to fulfill a contract agreement. By just adding one cent per square foot, with DirtGlue Polymer Emulsion you are able to guarantee the job and offer peace-of-mind to not only the customer, but also, also, you. You don’t have to worry how it’s going to work, because, quite frankly, it just works. In the end, the cheaper solution will wind up costing you a little bit more at the outset.

And what’s more is this:

The GES line of products can keep your hydroseeding equipment operable and fueling your bottom line for the entire calendar year. Who wouldn’t want to take a more well rounded means of control over their expensive equipment for all four (potential) seasons rather than having it sit idle for many months at a time? How might you achieve this? Let’s give you an overview…

DirtGlue® polymer – This product is used primarily to stabilize embankments to prevent erosion, and help contractors with regulatory issues, erosion control, stockpile capping, and BMPs for SWPPPs
(Spring, Summer, Fall)

DustLess® dust suppressant – Quite simply, apply dust control on high traffic areas and eliminate the need to use water while achieving far superior results.
(Summer, Fall)

ArenaKleen® dust control – Your equipment can be used to apply our ArenaKleen dust control product to riding arenas (both indoor and outdoor), offering safety to not only the horses stomping around in the arena, but people who are subject to the adverse effects of breathing in potential dust threats.
(Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall)

CompoMulch™ organic blend hydromulch – As mentioned above, this product is far superior to the typical wood fiber and paper products used for hydromulch. Our custom blended CompoMulch contains 50% compost mixed with a 50% special blend of short vegetable fiber (no paper and less prone to clogging nozzles).
(Spring, Summer, Fall)

So give us a call and add to your application technology / operative arsenal what many in your industry are already doing – eliminate the seasonality of your business – make it year round!

Carefully Combating Contaminated Parcels of Land

Dust Mitigation

A very real environmental danger is the development and/or discovery of a contaminated ecological site. In extreme cases, these plots of land are labeled as a Superfund site, which is becoming an epidemic of sorts throughout the United States. After years of environmental improprieties by business entities and/or property owners, Superfund sites – uncontrolled or abandoned parcels of polluted land – are hazardous to the local ecology and the health of people living near or associated with the contaminated site.

If a property has been labeled as a Superfund site it’s due to the fact that it’s been “discovered” and the federal government has stepped in and called for remedial action.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a Superfund site as: any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the EPA as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. These sites are placed on the National Priorities List (NPL).

If you’re feeling adventurous, or are just curious, you can search a database to find Superfund sites throughout the country by entering any state here.

What does all this mean? Well, from one vantage point, it means that there are countless other areas of harmful contamination that haven’t been found, and/or are being handled at the state or local (town) level.

So, whether they’re being combatted by EPA initiatives or by a local/state source, contaminated sites need to be handled with care. Stirring up the earth in or directly around a tainted property can cause even more harm if not thoroughly thought out prior to attack. For instance, when you start physically moving earth, it’s just plain common sense, that soil particles, contained gasses, embedded molds, asbestos remnants, and other environmentally compromising matter may take to the air, or, further, find their way into the watershed given certain agitations. Entering the air or water poses serious threat to the health of the surrounding population and eco-environment.

Enter Global Environmental Services (GES). When careful and strategical prepping to properly remediate a contaminated parcel of land is required, GES has scientifically proven products and application technologies are best suited for the job, best suited for the environment as well. That’s at the core of our mission. Literally.

We’ve successfully provided product such as our DirtGlue line of products that work very well at containing contaminated material either permanently onsite (when and where appropriate), or that can be used to contain the contaminated material (dust prevention and sediment/erosion prevention) as the material is being moved or removed for remediation.

So, whether you’re a representative or contractor working on a government sanctioned Superfund site, or you’ve been faced with the task of tackling a similar situation on the state and/or local level, keep GES in mind when it comes to bringing successful project goals for a less than desirable circumstance, to fruition. We’re here to help: For the earth, with the earth in mind.

Traditional Environmental Techniques: An Antique Auto

Equestrian Dust Control

Porsche is a legendary brand. The company traces its roots to the 1940’s when an aging Ferdinand Porsche developed his namesake car. A talented automotive engineer, and founder of the Porsche car company – he is best known for creating the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle the Lohner-Porsche, developed in 1894 and marketed from 1900 – 1905 – the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, and several other important developments in addition to his famous Porsche automobiles. Porsche also designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first racing car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. In short, he stayed busy, and as far as the automative industry is concerned, he was an outstanding revolutionary

As they say the rest is history.

As a kid, I was a car nut. Initially American muscle cars. Then having seen the cute (as well as fast and nimble) little Porsche 356’s on TV shows such as the original Mission Impossible series and in movies such as Harper, starring the great actor Paul Newman and several movies with another great actor, Steve McQueen, I became enamored with, and then addicted to these tiny, but amazingly fast, great handling cars. So much so that I joined Porsche Club of America and raced for a time when I was able to afford such luxury and had less concern for my own wellbeing. Eventually Porsches evolved and I graduated from the 356 Porsches to its descendent, the mighty Porsche 911, and then, to its successor, the ultimate Porsche, the 911/930 Turbo. Porsche was one of the first car companies to offer turbos in cars for the general public [albeit only a few with deep pockets as those 930’s were made in extremely limited numbers… we’re talking 1,300 cars on average per year – offered under the “Sonderwunschprogramm” (special order program)].

I’ve followed those vintage 356 Porsches and the actors who drove them over the years. The cars are now very valuable classics and those actors are dead. You can’t hide from Father Time – age catches up with everyone and everything.

Time too has long since caught up with most traditional environmental techniques. They don’t work well enough in many cases and they’re inefficient or relatively ineffective in other cases.

Now, much like Porsche with their new modern, ultra-fast, better, handling, better braking, better fuel economy, modern 911 automotive derivatives for the modern era, here comes Global Environmental Solutions with its DirtGlue Enterprises line of products to provide new modern approaches to environmental products and application techniques.

GES/DGE offers:

  • Extremely long-term dust control without water
  • Paving without asphalt or concrete
  • Hydroseeding/hydromulching without washouts
  • Permanent waterproofing for masonry
  • Chemical roadbase stabilization that is permanent
  • Erosion control that lasts and lasts
  • Dust control that stands up to any and all climate conditions
  • Sediment control at the source instead of silt fence after the fact
  • And, just like Porsche – much, much more…

GES is not just another soil stabilization and dust control company, just as Porsche is not just another car company.

The two of us are entirely different entities serving entirely different markets, but are both highly focused on research, development, and customer service. The goal has always been to provide the best possible results in an industry where ‘good’ just isn’t good enough.

At GES, we strive for technical and ecological superiority with every product we offer, in every project our products are introduced to, 100% of the time. The road we travel on (and may even have had a hand in stabilizing) is that of a joint effort – where success and creativity abound. Ride with us. We’ll get you to where you need to go, and we may even have some fun in the process.

Like Porsche, with GES products there “is no substitute”…