The dirt on geotextiles

When describing what makes a GeoPot Fabric Pot such a benefit to a growing plant, a main descriptor used is the geotextile fabric it’s made from. This fabric is more than a fancy name – it’s what allows air pruning, water draining, and breathability for the soil the plant is in. Geotextile fabric has been around since the early 1950’s, and has been used in landscaping, demolition, and even to protect fossilized footprints! Geotextile fabric is woven in different ways for different applications, and they vary from open-mesh, warp-knitted, and closed fabric or non-woven textiles. Let’s take a quick look at some of the ways geotextile fabric has benefited any number of activities where soil is involved;

GeoPot geotextile fabric

Soil control: Originally intended as an alternative to granular soil filters, geotextile fabric was used to help with erosion control in places such as concrete seawalls, under precast concrete erosion control blocks, and other areas where soil erosion was a potential problem. At that time, the need for both adequate permeability and soil retention was noted, along with adequate fabric strength set the tone for geotextile use in filtration situations where the soil needs to be held in place, but the water needs to be let through.

Geotextile Fabric up close

Civil engineering: Geotextile fabrics are still being used in civil engineering projects nationwide that include dams, retaining structures, airfields, reservoirs,  roads, canals, railroads, and embankments - just to name a few! Geotextile fabrics are placed geotextiles are placed at the surface where tension is present to strengthen the soil. The permeable nature of the fabric protects the soil used to create these heavily used areas from heavy rains, storm surges, and soil loss due to flooding.

 Demolition using geotextiles and wire to mitigate clean-up

Demolition: When used in combination with steel wire fencing, geotextile fabric can help contain explosive debris. This helps prevent anyone on the demolition crew from getting hit by wayward objects, as well as making clean-up less of a mess.

Laetoli fossils protected with geotextile fabric

Fossil protection: There are sets of hominin footprints, preserved in volcanic ash that dated back to around 3.7 million years ago in Laetoli, Tanzania. Known as the Laetoli footprints, in a team of specialists went to this site and used geotextile fabric to preserve these prints, allowing the surface of the fossils to breathe, and protecting them against root growth from surrounding plant life.

Different types of Geotextile fabrics

GeoPots: GeoPot Fabric Pots are made with this amazing geotextile fabric. This makes it a naturally  aerated fabric pot - promoting healthy roots through air pruning, which leads to better fruit and higher yields. The geotextile fabric the GeoPot Fabric Pot is made from allows proper water drainage, and naturally keeps roots cool.

GeoPot Fabric Pot

Geotextile fabric is a wonderful invention, and it allows the GeoPot Fabric Pot to be durable, washable, reusable for up to 5 cycles, making them a great buy for commercial and personal growers alike. There are imitators, but the GeoPot Fabric Pot is the real deal!

Have a hydroponic or garden supply store? Left Coast Wholesale has you covered with wholesale pricing available on the GeoPot Fabric Pot .  If you’re looking for GeoPot Fabric Pot near you, call 800.681.1757 today to find a local GeoPot Fabric Pot retailer!


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