Frequently Asked Questions about Ground Stabilisation Membranes

When installing a new driveway, patio or pathway, it is essential that the ground beneath is adequately prepared. Without a stable foundation, these hard landscaping design features will eventually become uneven, cracked and potted. One of the most effective ways to create a stable foundation or sub-base is to use a ground stabilisation membrane. Here are the most Frequently Asked Questions about ground stabilisation membranes to help you understand the benefits that these geotextile fabrics offer:

Q: What is a ground stabilisation membrane?
A: When preparing the ground prior to installing a driveway, road, path or patio, it needs to be made fit-for-purpose. Part of that process is installing a ground stabilisation membrane, such as those from Growtivation’s Product That Works specialist range of landscaping products. Geotextile fabrics separate aggregate from the soil and spread the imposed load, preventing sinking and rutting caused by settlement of aggregates into the soil beneath.

Q: When do I need to use a ground stabilisation membrane?
A: The simple answer is that you need to use a ground stabilisation membrane whenever you are installing patios, driveways, paths and other hard surfaces. Investing time in preparing the ground properly will pay huge dividends when it comes to installing the hard landscaping feature and also for years to come. Not installing a geotextile membrane at the preparatory stage is among the most common mistakes made when laying a new driveway.

Q: How easy is it to lay a ground stabilisation membrane?
A: Very easy, especially if you are using one of Growtivation’s geotextile fabrics. They all come with easy-to-follow installation instructions to guide you through the process and are easy to cut and hold in place with EXTRAFIX Plastic Fixing Pegs.

Q: What should I consider when choosing a ground stabilisation membrane?
A: Different ground stabilisation membranes are designed for different purposes, so it’s important to choose the right one for your project. For example, if you’re looking to lay the perfect path, Growtivation’s tough, multi-purpose Groundtex woven geotextile fabric is best for weed suppression and ground stabilisation in both soft and hard landscaping. This strong, tear-resistant membrane also comes in convenient contractor packs and rolls for use on larger landscaping projects.

Q: What are the other benefits of installing a ground stabilisation membrane?
A: As well as ensuring a sound and stable base for your hard landscaping feature, a ground stabilisation membrane offers several other benefits to professional landscapers and their clients. These include:

  • Separating the prepared sub-grade or formation level from the sub-base
  • Allowing moisture through where drainage is needed
  • Long-lasting results

Find out more about the Growtivation Product That Works range by downloading our Product Guide and your free copy of our Landscaping That Works guide to weed control and geotextile fabrics.

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