Building on the near-perfect performance of the original Flexterra Flexible Growth Medium, PROFILE Products LLC is introducing its new patent-pending Flexterra High Performance-Flexible Growth Medium (HP-FGM). Flexterra HP-FGM represents the next generation in Flexible Growth Media, offering 600 percent greater initial seed germination and over 250 percent greater biomass than its predecessor with more than 99 percent erosion control effectiveness immediately upon application. Plus, it’s 100 percent biodegradable.
“Our goal at Profile is to continually find ways to improve the performance of our products,” said Marc S. Theisen, CPESC, CPSWQ, vice president of erosion control solutions for Profile. “With Flexterra High Performance-Flexible Growth Medium, we were able to apply new technologies that help our customers realize enhanced environmental benefits without sacrificing erosion control or cost effectiveness.”
The original Flexterra FGM, introduced in 2004, set the bar for controlling erosion and establishing vegetation on severe slopes. It outperformed rolled erosion control blankets and led a movement toward more cost-efficient and effective hydraulically-applied techniques. Because Flexterra HP-FGM is hydraulically applied, it has no nets or threads to endanger wildlife.
The new product is a result of Profile’s Green Design Engineering™. The platform creates cost-effective and environmentally superior solutions through the design, manufacture and application of sustainable erosion control and vegetation establishment technologies. Flexterra HP-FGM consists of 100 percent recycled and phyto-sanitized wood fibers and 100 percent biodegradable crimped interlocking fibers. Micro-Pore particles optimize water and nutrient retention while increasing wet bond strength and increasing resistance to sheet flow. Its 100 percent non-toxic biopolymers and water absorbents further enhance vegetative establishment. Tests following EPA protocol confirm the product is completely safe for aquatic and terrestrial life forms. It immediately bonds to the soil surface to reduce turbidity of runoff for up to 18 months.