In research conducted by Todd Layt and Ian Paananen, Ozbreed set out to discover the best erosion control plants. Read on to see the results.
King Alfred® Dianella
This ongoing study started in 2007 and is being updated constantly as new varieties are tested for their erosion control qualities.
It was found that the best plants for erosion control were Strappy Leaf Plants such as Lomandra, Dianella, Dietes and Agapanthus or Native Grasses like Pennisetum. This is likely due to their extensive root systems, which helps to strengthen the soil.
Top 10 Plants for Erosion Control
1. King Alfred® Dianella
King Alfred® Dianella is 752 percent stronger than bare soil.
2. Nafray® Pennisetum
Nafray® Dianella is 475 percent stronger than bare soil.
3. Lucia™ Dianella
Lucia™ Dianella is 433.75 percent stronger than bare soil.
4. Lomandra ‘Katrinus Deluxe‘
Lomandra ‘Katrinus Deluxe’ is 366 percent stronger than bare soil.
5. Nyalla® Lomandra
Nyalla® Lomandra is 328 percent stronger than bare soil.
6. Fine Divine™ Dietes
Fine Divine™ Dietes is 326 percent stronger than bare soil.
7. Breeze® Dianella
Breeze® Dianella is 297 percent stronger than bare soil.
8. Katie Belles™ Lomandra
Katie Belles™ Lomandra is 285 percent stronger than bare soil.
The Agapanthus in the trial were 283 percent stronger than bare soil. Ozbreed have some great non-invasive Agapanthus choices.
10. Tasred® Dianella
Tasred® Dianella is 250 percent stronger than bare soil.
Latest 2021 Study Findings
Ten large sample pots of each variety were grown and tested with a Shear Vane tester, as were samples grown in two different gardens. 29 shear vane tests were taken for each variety from the pots. The results showed all plants strengthened the soil compared to the control samples of unvegetated potting mix and soil. Increases in soil shear strength were analysed using an ANOVA test. Any variety that showed a 95 percent or more increase in shear strength was found to be significantly different to the unvegetated samples.
King Alfred® Dianella strengthened the soil 752 percent, and in this test had an undrained shear strength of 70 kPa, compared to unvegetated soil of 9 kPa. Many other varieties however, still strengthen the soil greatly. Katrinus Deluxe, a Lomandra longifolia, strengthened the soil by 366 percent. Some plants that are widely used in the USA and Australia, such as Liriope Evergreen Giant had much lower readings, only strengthening the soil a statistically significant 100 percent.
Varieties improved through breeding all strengthen the soil considerably more than their corresponding common varieties, providing evidence that plant breeding can lead to plants better suited to strengthening soil.
This data can help Engineers, Landscape Architects, and Erosion Control professionals choose plants that better strengthen the soil, and enhance erosion control of slopes, batters, stream embankments, roadsides, retaining walls, and shore lines. It will also provide a basis for future plant breeders to develop plants and turf that better strengthen the soil.
We Don’t Guess, We Test
When you choose an Ozbreed plant, you are backed by over 20 years of breeding experience and an average of 5-10 years of thorough testing on each plant.
If you want to read more about this study, you can download the full research article HERE.
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