Putting Down Roots

by Tina M. Stack, Sr. Engr.; ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, PA,
Scott T. Potter, P.E., (M.ASCE), Principal Engineer; ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, PA,
Suthan Sutherson, P.E., (M.ASCE), Vice Pres.; ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, PA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 4, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


Phyto-covers are environmentally friendly and cost-efficient landfill barriers. Compared to traditional clay or geofabric caps, phyto-covers require less maintenance and are more friendly to local animal species. Using deep-rooted plants instead of short grasses provides several benefits. The plants help break down contaminants in the landfill and require far less maintenance and intervention.

Subject Headings: Vegetation | Maintenance and operation | Landfills | Pollutants | Clays | Benefit cost ratios | Animals

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