Posted on: 22 September 2016
Expect to deal with dust if you're planning to open an outdoor event venue for festivals, weddings, or fairs. Any exposed, unpaved portion of your property or adjoining roadways will be teeming with dust particles patiently waiting to be easily stirred up by wind and vehicles.
To avoid the negative health and aesthetic effects of airborne dust in your event space, take the following steps:
Strictly enforce your own rules
When you've determined the dustiest areas of your property, you can set some rules that will cut down on whirlwinds of particles choking people during your events. Limit ATV use during the driest days, since these vehicles are the worst dust-stirrers. Assign some paths as walk-only paths, and have a speed limit of 10mph to reduce clouds of dirt along unpaved vehicle roads.
Strictly enforce the rules on your property or face damage to equipment and any garden plants you have. Dust will cover tables, windows, vehicles, and food-prep surfaces. You'll end up needing extra labor to clean dust off of all of your furnishings if you don't hire extra staff to direct traffic and enforce speed limits.
Plant or erect barriers to trap dust
Some festival grounds erect tall plywood walls along dusty corridors to keep dust confined. Visitors are often allowed to write on or decorate the walls. A rustic or elegant wooden privacy fence works the same way in a formal setting.
You can also plant evergreen shrubs that grow tall along pathways and roadways. Junipers, cedar trees, rhododendrons, and other bushes can grow over 10 feet tall and will fill out to absorb much of the dust that is blown around them. Large shrubbery plants also develop roots underground that help anchor the soil. Your local extension agent or nursery will have suggestions for suitable plants.
Investigate gravel and other dust suppression techniques
If you can't pave cart tracks and roads, consider applying another material over them to reduce dust during busy times. A load of gravel spread out over bare earth can help cut down on flying dust, and it makes the roadway easier to navigate when it gets slick with rain or ice.
Chemical treatment is possible with materials including calcium chloride and magnesium chloride. These dust suppressors bind with the dusty stuff to keep it from flying off the roadways and bare patches. Your dust suppression professionals will know which is best for your event space and will recommend treating the dusty spots every few years for maximum effect.Share