6 Interesting Benefits of Using Geosynthetics in Landscaping
Some form of geosynthetic has been used in civil engineering and construction since the 19th century. As for the landscaping industry, over the past two decades the use of geosynthetics has increased for a variety of reasons.
In the landscaping industry, geosynthetics play an important role in providing multiple benefits to the landscaped area and the surrounding area. Below we’ve listed 6 interesting benefits of using geosynthetics in landscaping.
1. Soil reinforcement
The main purpose of geosynthetics and geotextiles is to improve soil stabilization. When landscaping and developing new areas, soil reinforcement is the key to preventing erosion control. The main areas that need floor reinforcement are retaining walls and embankments. When a load is placed on the ground, expansion occurs. The use of geosynthetic materials prevents lateral movement in the soil and minimizes soil displacement.
2. Weed control
One of the worst enemies of landscaping is weed growth. Geosynthetics offer a permanent, robust solution to weed control. Not only does it help stabilize the soil it lies on, but it also provides filtration and blocks weeds. When a geosynthetic material is combined with mulch or decorative gravel, it blocks light and prevents weeds from growing.
3. Resists root development
Geosynthetics that are resistant to tree roots protect buildings, sidewalks, retaining walls, drainage pipes, cables and lawns from damage to tree roots. When tree roots grow close to the surface, sidewalks, lawns and structures, there is a risk that they will be destroyed by the tree roots. A geosynthetic material with a high tensile strength that is puncture-proof is great for a landscape project with tree roots.
4. Drainage and Filtration
All gardens and landscaped areas need to be drained and filtered. A geosynthetic material with bound textiles, membranes and nets helps with filtering and draining. The different materials prevent soil particles from entering the network and clogging it when layering. Typical applications would be retaining walls in landscape architecture.
5. Slope stabilization
Slope stabilization is essential in newly developed landscape areas with terraces or embankments. New subdivisions benefit greatly from geosynthetic materials used on slopes and embankments. Fresh dirt that has recently been compacted requires geosynthetic material to aid in soil reinforcement, drainage and filtration. This is especially true in areas where it rains regularly.
6. Separation and protection
Geosynthetic materials perform separation, protection and filtration in landscaping and construction using layers of granules under the base. Geosynthetics allow water to pass through while larger stones or soils are separated. This functional material prevents mixing, which can lead to surface failure.
Ultimately, using geosynthetics in your landscaping can go a long way in protecting the landscape and preventing common problems like erosion, drainage problems, and more. In addition, geosynthetics allow for more creative and adventurous landscaping, which can be of great benefit for both commercial and personal purposes. The key is to find the right uses based on your landscape plan.