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Permaculture Dust Control

 
Michael Newby
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Dust is infiltrating everything! It's even in my dreams (nightmares?) since I'm so worked up about it that I'm having dreams about dealing with dust that is everywhere!

So far I've seen people here talking in this thread about introducing organic matter and/or clay to the roads. The strategy here seems to be focusing on keeping moisture in the road with the clay/OM. If I understand correctly this works because the clay/OM is full of ions (charged particles) that want to stick to other oppositely charged particles, including water molecules, in a way binding everything together so there's less little particle flying off creating that dust cloud.

Other dust management ideas I've seen include planting strips of vegetation as a dust/wind break between the house and the areas of dust, sealing the road with epoxy type sealants, and paving the road.

Anyone have any other ideas or techniques that would be appropriate?
 
Bryant RedHawk
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We use Irish and Scottish moss on our 400 foot long driveway. Not much we can do about the gravel road at the edge of our land but we do have tree and other vegetation barriers planted down there.
 
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