BioBarrier by Typar
Landscapes and hardscapes require
continuous maintenance. While landscapes (softscapes) require
continual pruning, trimming and manicuring, hardscapes require
pressure washing the fixing of cracks and the protection against
invading tree roots. This becomes especially necessary when trees
are in close proximity to the hardscape area, with its roots acting
as powerful forces from nature which are likely to bring damage to
hardscapes as well as building foundations.
Roots are free forces from nature that
extends underground and move outwards its tree canopy. As a tree
grows, its roots also become larger as well as longer. This is a
normal occurrence, but can be quite damaging in the process. As this
happens, a greater amount of pressure is also applied on hard
surfaces, which causes it damage. In result, this will require
repair, which can be quite costly and can cause aesthetic blemishes
which can be very difficult to fix.
A Solution to
Controlling Nature’s Powerful Forces
A root barrier is a product that acts
as a physical underground wall designed to protect structures, like
foundations and patios, against tree root damage. With the unique
geotextile design of BioBarrier, the product is able to provide
flexibility to surround any structure or surface.
A simple application of this root
barrier provides reliable protection preventing the aggressive tree
roots from crossing the installed protective membrane. With this
installed, not only will expenses for yearly root maintenance be
eliminated, but also long-term costs concerning fracturing of the
harscape surface caused by tree roots.
Characteristics of the BioBarrier
This material is a multi-year root control
system which can be installed in several ways – horizontally,
vertically or simply surrounding the root itself to inhibit its
growth. Typar guarantees that the product will inhibit the
root growth for at least 15 years. It acts like a fabric,
specifically a geotextile fabric that is flexible. The fabric
features time-release nodules which are filled with herbicide that
functions to prevent the occurrence of root-tip cell division without
affecting the tree’s overall health.
The material is porous, a
characteristic that helps in allowing water, nutrients and air to
pass through the fabric with ease. Roots within the zone are
redirected while those that are outside are allowed to normally grow.
This material has an active ingredient in the form of
Trifluralin, about 17.5%. This active ingredient is a non-systemic
herbicide capable of biodegrading in the soil. It is characterized
with low-water solubility, which is helpful in reducing leaching.
Trifluralin is a proven root control product that has been used for
over 35 years in agricultural applications.
Types of BioBarrier Control Systems
It is true that shrubs and trees
significantly add beauty and value to any property. But behind this
advantage is a drawback when their growing roots are factored into
the equation. Consider a tree that is planted and growing close to a
sidewalk, roadway or building. These are areas that are well-watered,
making it likely for the roots to seek more moisture and air due to
their rapid growth. As time progresses, there is a huge possibility
for the roots to continuously grow up to the surface. This is what
causes the cracks and damages seen on concrete and other hard
The root control system is
designed to prevent this damage from occurring. The fabric can be
installed vertically to provide protection to adjacent structures.
This product can be
used for in the following applications:
Tree roots are also capable of growing
into levees and dams’ mechanisms, which increases the risk of
damaging the equipment causing failure. In this case, the system is
installed to ensure and strengthen the integrity of the levees or
dams from roots while allowing shrubs and trees to beautify the
The fabric can be installed inside a
larger pot to help roots from growing through the drain holes and
attaching to the soil. Containing the roots within the pot using this
martial helps in eliminating root damage caused when having to
separate the potted plant form it's roots in the ground below.
The system is commonly used along
retaining walls, buildings, foundations, swimming pools, parking lots
and sidewalks. This is done to prevent roots from damaging these
structures, which is guaranteed up to 15 years. In result, it also
decreases the possibility of any potential liability and injury from
cracking or uneven pavement.
Weed Control Systems
As a weed control system, it is
required for the material to be installed horizontally, about 3
inches below stone or wood mulch. The system works by blocking the
weeds’ growth through its featured 2-layered defense – physical
and chemical. The BioBarrier Weed Control System is capable of
providing 10 years of protection against weed growth. With such
protection, weeds become unable to cultivate a strong root system
while it helps shrub roots and ornamental tree to expand unimpeded.
Even though this root control soution prevents
weeds from having a strong root system, it does not disturb the
hydrology of the soil. The shrubs and trees surrounding it are still
able to receive nutrients to enable good health. Some of the most
common weed control applications which this material is used for
These includes around street signs,
highway guardrails and utility substations where it functions to
control growing weeds. Aside from preventing the occurrence of
injury, installation of BioBarrier in these places also help in
reducing maintenance while improving the overall appearance.
These are areas which are richly
fertilized and well-watered, which provides an ideal place for weeds
to grow. The strategic installation of the root control material greatly helps
in inhibiting the growth of weeds.
Weeds growing around trees prevent them
from obtaining its need nutrition and water. One common method that
property owners use to prevent that from happening is the use of
mulch. This practice does solve the problem, but may also result to
damaging the tree trunks when used too much. With BioBarrier, weed
growth is not only inhibited, but the use of mulch is also reduced.