Many people choose to use the Native Vegetated Mat because it gives them a finished look upon installation and the deep rooting native plants reinforce the Envirolok system. Native Vegetated Mat is a pre-vegetated mat with deep rooting native species that will lay over the Envirolok system like sod and stapled into place. The plant roots will then grow through the bags and into the parent material, strengthening the overall system. It is important to note several tips when using Native Vegetated Mats.
Tip #1: Place Soil Over the Bags
Once the Envirolok bags are in place, you will want to cover them with soil before installing the Native Vegetated Mat. You do not want any air pockets or hollow spaces underneath the Native Vegetated Mat because it will dry out the roots. By placing soil over the bags, you eliminate those gaps and give the roots a better chance of developing through the bags.
Tip #2: Water Before Install
Before you install the Native Vegetated Mat, water the entire system and the soil to ensure that it will be moist for the Native Vegetated Mat. Help your plants start off on the right foot by watering everything before installation.
Tip #3: Watering After Installation
Make sure to water every day for the first week after installation After that, water one inch per week for the following 2-6 weeks. Monitor plant health during this time for signs of drying out, especially during times of extreme weather or drought.
Tip #4: Growing Times
Our sister company, Agrecol grows the Native Vegetated Mats and they will be available starting mid-July through October of every year. Space in the greenhouse is limited so the sooner you place your order the better.
Tip #5: Do Not Burn Vegetation
Do not burn any native vegetation that grows on the Envirolok system. The bags are flammable.
For more detailed information on the Native Vegetated Mat, visit our sister company Agrecol.
To learn more about vegetation options and installation, check out our Vegetating the Envirolok System Video.
To learn more about the benefits of native plants, check out our other blog post – Top 10 Reasons to Go Native.