Ground Cover

Published: October 4, 2018 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Ground Cover Mean?

Ground cover is any plant covers and enjoys a symbiotic relationship with the ground. From trees and grass to wild strawberries to any of the myriad of low-growing plants that might find a home in a patch of topsoil, they protect that topsoil from drying out and eroding. Groundcover’s roots enter the soil in the same way as a pitchfork’s tines, breaking up its compaction and allowing rainwater to infiltrate the soil, keep it moist and prevent the wind from removing it.


Trenchlesspedia Explains Ground Cover

The symbiotic relationship of ground cover to soil goes beyond its roots. Ground cover provides a home for insects that are beneficial to the soil. Because the ground cover helps prevent soil compaction and keeps the soil moist, it increases – through various chemical processes – the fertility of soil which, in turn, benefits existing ground cover and promotes the growth of additional ground cover. While a trenchless project may require the removal of small areas of ground cover, its prevention of service compaction also benefits the trenchless contractor.





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