EXPERT SOIL ADVICE

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SPORTS FIELDS AND RACE TRACKS

Sports fields and Race tracks across Australia are constantly under pressure to perform. At SESL, we understand all too well the need for a sports field or racetrack to be in top shape come game or race day.

SESL can provide advice and management plans for sports fields and race tracks. Our team of soil scientists draw from their past experiences and in-depth knowledge of soils to ensure the best outcomes for our clients. From the design and specification of new fields and tracks, through to management and amelioration of 100+ year-old fields and tracks, our team has you covered. SESL has extensive experience in the challenges and complications of sports fields and tracks and uses soil chemistry and physics to meet their individual needs.

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HORTICULTURAL CONSULTING

SESL’s soil science team also share experience in the horticultural industry. Our team has extensive experience and background knowledge in urban production and ornamental horticulture disciplines.

The Soil Science team can provide a range of services in the horticultural industry. Taking a ground-up approach, SESLs soil scientists investigate from the soil to the leaf tip when consulting in horticultural industries. SESL can assist in a range of horticultural services, including:

• Irrigation water quality and scheduling
• Hydroponic nutrient solution/fertigation formulation and scheduling
• Potting medium quality and formulation
• Disease identification and treatment
• Soil improvement for horticultural production

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SOIL MANUFACTURE

Manufacturing soils is a science. SESL can provide specialist advice on any soil type, designed for any end-use. SESL can assess the manufactured soils against the latest specification or Australian Standard to ensure that performance will be optimised. SESL can provide manufacturing advice for many soil types, including;

• Australian Standard 3743
• Australian Standard 4419
• QLD MRTS 16 Soil Specifications
• Landscaping
• Mass Plantings
• Turfed Areas
• Subsoils
• Raingarden / biofiltration media
• Podium / lightweight soil
• Potting Mixes
• Topdressing soils • On Slab Soils
• Structural Soils
• Wetland Soils
• High Performance Sportsfield Soils
• Green Wall Soils
• Water Sensitive Urban Design Soils (WSUD)

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SOIL SPECIFICATION AND VALIDATION

Site- and project-specific soil specifications are excellent tools to ensure landscaping and construction contractors meet the minimum requirements for the successful installation of a landscaped environment. A well-designed specification takes into consideration the availability of on-site resources, as well as resources available in the local market in the vicinity of the project. The ideal specification will achieve this, while considering the cost of sourcing to ensure the soil meets the demands of the landscape, without costing the developer more than is necessary.

SESL’s soil science team can design soil specifications to suit the needs and demands of your project. Using experience, industry standards and scientific data, SESL can specify a range of physical and chemical parameters to ensure that the soils installed are up to the requirements for your desired end use.

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SOIL PERFORMANCE / FAILURE

When there are issues with a plant or turf installation for both public and private open space, SESL can help to diagnose the issues. Following diagnosis, we can provide detailed, independent advice, including the development of management strategies and amelioration plans.

Our soil scientists and urban horticulture team provide detailed diagnoses as to why installations aren’t performing and provide advice as to the most practical solutions. From sports fields to rehabilitation of sites and landscape installations. We have the plant and soil expertise you need to ensure your project succeeds.

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SOIL REHABILITATION

Soil rehabilitation prior to revegetation is critical to ensure the success of plantings. A deep understanding of soil science is essential in devising a successful rehabilitation plan and this is where SESL’s expertise comes into play.

Geotechnical reports will never provide your contractors with enough detail to ensure a rehabilitation project is successful. We can help you to justify the technical differences, assisting to demonstrate the time and cost savings associated with proper soil management.

Our Soil Scientists have extensive experience in the review of rehabilitation specifications. When providing advice, SESL sticks to the science of the soil that is being rehabilitated, and does not take a recipe approach towards blanket rehabilitation. Our qualified soil scientists will take into account the chemical and physical conditions of the soil present on site and suggest best practice management plans to ensure the success of your rehabilitation project.

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TOPSOIL REUSE PLAN

Topsoil in Australia is a limited, finite resource – one that has taken millions of years to form. As such, it should be utilised to the fullest potential, especially on development sites. The successful recovery and reuse of soil resources on-site can significantly reduce the cost of development, minimising the need for both offsite disposal and soil importation.

SESL Australia can develop a detailed topsoil stripping and reuse plan for any proposed development site. By assessing topsoil and subsoil resources and identifying amelioration requirements, these plans help our clients to maximise soil recovery, allowing them to reuse what they have, rather than pay to replace it. Our detailed plans also help to minimise topsoil deficits at project closure.

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