Enhance Your Landscape Stability through Structural Fill Dirt

02 December 2021

A landscape is valuable to property owners since it can provide a lot of benefits.

For one, a landscape can enhance the overall looks and appeal of a property. It can likewise provide a healthy environment for the people who are around the property thanks to the included greeneries. A landscape is also valuable to property owners and their properties as it can give more functional outdoor spaces for property owners and other people.

But before a landscape can be built outside a specific property, the area where it will be placed must be stabilised first. One way to ensure landscape stability is through structural fill dirt.

An Overview of Structural Fill Dirt

Most soil surfaces are comprised of organic matters such as small plant residues, small living soil organisms, decomposing organic matter, and stable organic matter. However, some of these surfaces might be empty. Without filling them with other materials, they would only affect the overall stability of the structure or feature that will be built on top of them.

Structural fill dirt, fortunately, can fill empty spaces or areas in the soil. Instead of maximising organic matter, structural fill dirt is comprised of clay, gravel, sand, or a combination of these materials. One reason behind using these materials for filling the spaces is that they can be resistant to natural elements. They are likewise expected to stay in their place for a long time. These features are not possible with dirt that is filled with organic matter.

Structural Fill Dirt’s Notable Uses

What is great about structural fill dirt is that it can be maximised in a lot of construction projects. When constructing a new structure in a backyard, contractors can swiftly stabilise the area by incorporating structural fill dirt into the ground. Aside from stabilising the area, structural fill dirt can also be maximised in levelling out the ground area before the construction begins. It can even prevent flooding in the area.

All the notable uses of structural fill dirt make it great for landscaping. Once the landscape area is filled with structural fill dirt, contractors can easily place some grass, bushes, and flowers as long as a layer of topsoil is in place. Planting directly on the fill dirt surface cannot sustain the lives of the greeneries.

Key Materials of Structural Fill Dirt

As mentioned earlier, structural fill dirt can be comprised of clay, gravel, and sand.

What makes clay great for structural fill dirt is it can be compacted further. As the compaction continues, the clay materials may become more solid, making the landscape area effectively stable. The use of clay structural fill dirt is great for constructing pathways, gazebos, and sheds. Planting above this material can only be done if it has at least two feet of topsoil above it.

Gravel, alternatively, is comprised of broken-down rocks and crushed concrete and can also work with topsoil layers. Pathways and other similar landscape features can be built above this specific layer.

Sand, lastly, is compatible with areas that maximise greeneries like plants and trees. Sand is great for these things since it has free passages for roots, nutrients, and water. 

To know more about structural fill dirt, you can call us at Fairdinkum Technical Services.

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