Guar is a plant native to India. Primary world suppliers
include: India, Pakistan, and the United States, with additional
acreages in Australia, Africa, and portions of the
In India, Guar is grown principally for its green fodder and for
the pods that are used for food and feed. It has soil-enriching
properties since it is a legume. According to the American
Society of Agronomy, the primary importance of guar is the
commercial value of its seed gum (galactomannan gum).
Guar and its derivatives are used in a variety of industries.
For example, in landscaping and erosion control guar is used as
a binder and tackifier in the hydroseeding mix. In addition,
guar is the base ingredient in different formulations of erosion
control and landscaping products. Guar is used as an emulsifier,
stabilizer, and thickener in various food products, and it is
widely utilized in paper and textile production, in mining, and
in the oil industry.
One erosion control expert wrote: “One advantageous property of
guar gum is that it thickens without the application of heat.
Below are some of the characteristics of this product that make
it useful in a variety of applications:
• Easy solubility in cold and
• Film forming property
• Resistance to oils, greases and solvents
• Better thickening agent
• Water binding capacity
• High viscosity
• Functioning at low temperatures
HF5000™ is an organic tackifier specially chosen and designed
for use as a tackifier in hydraulically applied systems expected
to provide long-term strength and erosion control. HF5000™ may
be utilized with fiber or as a stand-alone over-spray or dust
Psyllium Husk is derived from the seed of the Plantago Ovata (Psyllium)
plant and is cultivated in the Northwestern region of India.
Used in a number of commercial applications, psyllium seed, husk
and powder are all-natural, time-tested ingredients used in
dietary supplements designed to treat a range of digestive
system disorders. Like guar, psyllium seed and husk are also
used in hydroseed slurries and in erosion control products.
Sandbags & Silt Fencing
Northstar Impex offers a range of sandbag and silt fencing
options for industry professionals working in construction,
landscaping, emergency response, and erosion control.
Silt fencing provides a temporary barrier that retains sediment.
The fence is composed of geotextile with supporting posts that
are dug in the ground. By slowing the flow of runoff and
creating deposition on the uphill side, the fence retains
sediment and also filters runoff as water passes through. The
result is less pooling of sediment and water in a highly soluble
Silt fences have a much better success rate than straw or hay
bales, and also prevent sheet erosion by decreasing the rate of
runoff. Silt fencing is an easy-to-install and cost-effective
way to control sediment and prevent soil erosion.
Spectac is an organic tackifier manufactured in the USA and is
specifically designed for use as a hydraulically applied erosion
control tackifier. SPECTAC is used as a stand alone temporary
erosion control product or with wood, paper, or other native
fiber mulches to provide superior bonding strength.
SPECTAC is specifically designed to develop optimal slurry
viscosity to improve sprayability and pump performance. SPECTAC
disperses in water creating a lump free slurry, saving time and
or clusterbean, (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.) Taub) is a
drought-tolerant annual legume that was introduced into the
United States from India in 1903. Commercial production of guar
in the United States began in the early 1950s and has been
concentrated in northern Texas and southwestern Oklahoma.
Psyllium has a long history of use throughout the world.
Psyllium has been used in traditional medicine in India and
finds mention in ancient Indian Ayurvedic prescriptions.