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Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control Solutions

Uncontrolled storm water runoff from construction sites can significantly impact rivers, lakes and estuaries. These sediments in the water, from construction sites can reduce the amount of sunlight reaching aquatic plants, clog fish gills, smother aquatic habitat and spawning areas, and impede navigation. Poorly maintained “Best Management Practices” can result in significant quantities of sediment being discharged to storm drains.  There could also be legal repercussion if proper EPA guidelines are not followed.

GroundFX has solutions for your construction needs with SiltSoxx™ for Sediment Control and InletSoxx™ Inlet Protection for use on your construction site.

Ground-FX as an environmental consulting company located in Boise Idaho to bridge the gap between state and federal regulatory bodies and affected contractors in response to EPA challenges faced in the industry.  Give us a call today and schedule an appointment at 208-338-8862.

Playground equipment can be extremely hot in Boise

As many of you probably know there is a heatwave here in Boise, Idaho and everyone is trying to stay cool either at home or at your local parks.  We have been putting down a lot of child safe certified bark down in your local playgrounds and homes to make sure your kids stay safe.  While we are blowing bark into these playground areas we have noticed that the slides have been extremely hot especially the darker colored slides like blues, greens, and reds.   The slides can get as hot as 200 degrees, the lighter color slides are not as hot but can still be about 100 degees.  Make sure you check the slide with your hands first before letting your kids on the slides.  There were recent reports out of Utah of children who were badly burned on darker colored slides and there were even some park closures involved.

Stay safe and stay cool this summer and if you need certified playground bark for your backyard, dog run, horse stable, subdivision, or park give us a call at Ground-FX at 208-338-8862.


Benefits of Certified Wood chips for Playgrounds

Wood chips cushion falls, providing a safer play surface than hard ground. Wood chips often are used as a playground ground-cover material because they have good shock absorbency, which helps prevent injuries from falls, and because they shed moisture. Moisture can lead to mildew and mold. Most kinds of wood-chip products look very similar, but they may not offer the same protection. Ground-FX of Idaho only uses engineered wood fiber (EWF) wood chip to use as a playground ground cover because of its shock absorption and additional safety features.

Some of EWF safety features are that it is similar in appearance to landscape wood chips, but it is designed specifically for use as a playground ground cover. It is made from hardwood ground to a fibrous consistency. EWF’s individual chips are randomly sized but not usually more than 2 inches long. EWF is free of twig and leaf materials as well as hazardous substances, such as chromate copper arsenate, which makes it safe for use in a children’s area, such as a playground.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tests playground surface materials to determine the amount of cushioning each provides. No matter how well a product absorbs shock, it may not be safer than a hard surface if it’s not applied properly. EWF should be applied in a layer no fewer than 9 inches deep. That depth ensures enough cushioning to prevent injuries from falls from heights up to 10 feet. Use and weathering, however, cause all loose-fill ground coverings to compact by about 25 percent over time. Therefore, an additional 3 inches of depth should be added to account for compaction.  So Ground-FX of Idaho will apply EWF wood chips at a minimum depth of 12 inches to ensure its optimum cushioning ability.

Besides its previously mentioned features, EWF has other safety benefits. Broken glass and debris typically stay on top of an EWF surface, reducing the risk such materials can become hidden in the chips. Those dangerous materials can be raked easily from the playground. Wood-fiber coverings such as EWF don’t attract insects; wood-boring insects, including termites, usually prefer larger pieces of wood. Splinters can be a concern with some kinds of wood ground cover, but they typically cause a problem when they are in a fixed or rigid wood surface because EWF tends to move upon contact, splinters aren’t a problem with it’s use because EWF is a natural wood product, it contains no harmful chemicals.

Maintenance of a playground’s EWF depends on the amount of use the play area receives. Monitor the playground, and rake the EWF periodically to reduce its compaction. Pay close attention to areas that are not sheltered and that receive the most frequent traffic, such as under swings and slides. Those areas often need the addition of EWF more often than sheltered and less used areas. Landscape timbers or rubber edging should line the playground’s perimeter to contain the EWF material. EWF products typically maintain their cushioning properties for the life of a playground, as long as an EWF depth of 9 inches is maintained, because EWF doesn’t decompose as well as other wood-chip materials, it doesn’t have to be replaced every year. Using new EWF chips to top off the existing EWF chips as they’re kicked out of the playground or compacted is all that is needed to maintain the ground cover.

Benefits of using a Bark Blowing Service

Ground-FX provides bark blowing services  in Idaho and the Treasure Valley.

Bark or mulch improves the appearance of yards and beds by giving it a complete, attractive and finished appeal that everyone desires to enhance the beauty, uniformity, color and texture of their landscape. Using a Bark Blowing service to spread the bark / mulch can not only save time and money, but provide for a smooth and clean application. There is no need for messy piles, sloppy labor or inconsistent distribution. In addition to a multitude of benefits that are achieved by mulching, there is no comparison to the quality in cosmetics that are achieved by utilizing a Bark Blowing service.


We can reach those hard to reach areas like steep slopes, inaccessible areas, remote areas or where a wheelbarrow or like equipment would cause soil damage or extensive mess.  The Ground-FX Bark Blowing makes it easy to deliver a variety of different ground covers, including mulch, compost, and more, to either a residential or commercial site without any harm to the existing area. Our machines are equipped with an extensive amount hose to reach distant areas and can spread large quantities in a fraction of the time it would take a person with a pitch fork and a wheelbarrow.


One of the most important attributes of mulching is the long-lasting affect it has on the health and protection of the soil, trees, plants, and flowers it shields and safeguards. Mulch protects soil from baking and drying out by altering the soil temperature and serving as an insulator to accommodate the surfaces needs in both the summer and winter seasons. It also serves in the reduction of soil compaction by acting as a buffer layer from heavy rains, equipment and people. Mulch also prevents soil crusting by allowing water to penetrate into the soil for absorption and movement. Mulching is extremely important in reducing the growth of weeds and other soil-borne diseases from intruding plants. These same mulches also add nutrients to the soil which helps improve the soil structure and plant growth. Mulch keeps fruits and vegetables clean and thwarts damage from lawn equipment.


One of the best advantages of mulching is its ability to retain soil moisture allowing water to penetrate the soil, reduce evaporation, prevent erosion and drought and minimize the need for manual watering. This is especially crucial in times of dry weather and as an effort to reduce manual labor.


Mulch is also a great additive in controlling erosion with the creation of a protective layer deterring wind and water from slowly wearing away at the soil’s surface. Creating berms of mulch or compost is also a great way to reduce hillside runoff.


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3 in. for depth is normal coverage.