The PlantWise dust control product, DUST JACKET, is suited for the effective suppression of dust conditions at a variety of sites, to a variety of industries, and applied in a variety of manners. In simple terms, DUST JACKET is dispensed into a tank of water while agitation is present, either by mechanical means inherent in the tank, or by the simple turbulence of the water as it is added. DUST JACKET is then sprayed or directed over the area to be controlled.

The dust suppression segment is a growing one. Concerns from governmental agencies regarding airborne irritants, and their role in the rising incidence of respiratory ailments, i.e., asthma, continue to receive increasing press coverage. More importantly, pressure is being exerted by those same agencies upon those industries whose operations contribute to airborne dust—that pressure targets the mitigation of dusty conditions.

This product was introduced in accordance with the PlantWise plan of providing products to the hydroseeding contractor. The purpose of the plan enables the contractor to extract additional benefit from his investment in hydroseeding equipment by extending the “season” of usage. Thus, when mid-summer approaches and climactic conditions dictate that the season of seeding is delayed until autumn, the contractor may become involved in dust suppression services. Prospects requiring those services are extensive, ranging in operations types from mining, contracting, real estate development, and road construction and maintenance to name a few. The scopes of these industries are both suburban and rural, large and small; these characteristics make them accessible to hydroseeding contractors of all sizes and locations.

The scopes of these locations also offer several dust suppression conditions, all of which can be met by DUST JACKET. The criteria /conditions effecting dust mitigation are generally dependent on the 1.) nature of the surface to be treated; 2.) amount of airborne dust in the area; and 3.) type of vehicular traffic, if any. Several dust suppression products may accommodate a few of these conditions, but DUST JACKET enables the contractor to attack all three. The key to this versatility is in matching the amount of product to the conditions of treatment. The timing of treatments is also a major factor.

Nature of the Surface to be Treated: If very hard-pan and clay-like, we recommend 1/3 pound of product per each gallon of water. One gallon of water will treat 8 square yards. For the same coverage area, but applied on a loose, sand-like base, up to one pound of product per gallon of water may be necessary. The contractor will quickly learn the appropriate amount of product to use, and in the early stages, distributors of the product are equipped to provide advice where needed.

Amount of Airborne Dust Present: The number of treatments will vary with airborne dust: dust which continues to settle upon treated areas. Several examples can be given. The first might be a real estate development property. The unpaved routes through the area may be treated once or twice to control their surface, but if that same property has on-going excavation, additional dust will continue to settle upon the treated surface, requiring additional treatments. The same is true for a mining locale, where the output of the mine continues to rain dust on treated surfaces.

Type of Vehicular Traffic: Heavy vehicles, travelling frequently over the treated surface will more rapidly disperse the DUST JACKET coating than lighter vehicles or infrequent traffic.

Ideally, most dust suppression products have the greatest success when applied prior to evidence of dusty conditions. In most of the U. S., dust becomes a problem during the dog days of summer, when the high heat and frequency of wind work together to form and disperse dust. Planning for these expected events can reduce the cost of dust mitigation. On unpaved roads, the product is best applied after the spring rainy season, in late May or June. Up to four applications of the product, over a one or two week period, will create a crusty, hard packed surface many inches deep, which will maintain itself for an extended period, from three to six months. Traffic frequency over time will contribute to mild erosion of the surface, but with each rain after initial application, DUST JACKET will activate and re-dry into its hardened form. In fact, in many cases, additional treatments may not be recommended, but when light dusting occurs, a simple application of water will re-activate and re-dry the product. Another benefit of this action is a repeated “smoothening” of the surface, reducing the washboard effect of weight and traffic on unpaved roads. Note as well that unlike oils and other products, the DUST JACKET surface is not slippery, in fact it adds traction to the road surface.

The product can also be applied to roadbeds under construction, adding another subsurface protective layer of compaction. It is not necessary to delay traffic during the application of DUST JACKET, the motion of traffic may delay its drying, but not its result. DUST JACKET is non-toxic, non-corrosive, biodegradable, and non-hazardous. DUST JACKET may be a drying agent, spreading it in dry form onto chronically muddy areas.

This product is not limited to application by hydroseeding equipment. It can be easily mixed into water in any tank along with the introduction of water. Top-filled water trucks create more than enough turbulence as water is being added to easily accommodate the concurrent introduction of DUST JACKET. Areas where watering trucks are used are usually areas where a great deal of dust must be controlled. These large trucks make frequent passes over the areas of concern. Several mines and agricultural sites have water trucks running non-stop over their routes for up to 18 hours per day. By using this product, they can save on water and fuel by reducing the number of passes per day by up to 90%. Or they may reduce the number of water trucks required on a given site.

For price comparison, our generally accepted formula for application would be as follows. Assuming a coverage area of 2200 square yards, and knowing that one gallon of the product covers 8 square yards, you have 275 8 square yard segments. You determine that you’ll require 1/3 pound of product per each gallon of water, given a hard-packed substrate. So you will need 95 pounds of product (275 gallons times 1/3 pound.) The amount of product required for each application will vary by substrate and surface area.

DUST JACKET is packaged in 50 pound bags, 40 bags per pallet.