What is Aquaedge?
Anyone responsible for maintaining water features on golf courses, or in parks or gardens, will often experience difficulty maintaining a ‘soft’ interface between water and landscaping. There are some instances where it is desirable to maintain a natural water margin. They can be important ecological habitats, and unmanaged these shallow areas support emergent vegetation, which in turn provides cover for threatened species such as amphibians and water voles.
However, when these areas impinge close to areas of play on golf courses, problems arise. Banks can erode and adjacent high footfall areas can become slippery and dangerous for golfers and maintenance staff. Furthermore, access is difficult for maintenance, and as a result these areas often become muddy and unsightly. There’s also the rules issue. It can often be difficult to determine what is in or out of a hazard. Contentious golfing rulings often result in dozens of red and yellow stakes, which in our opinion are very unattractive.
As many engaged in golf course maintenance will know, the margin where water meets grass is also a problem. Our response is AquaEdge – a ‘buffer’ which is also a retaining wall comprised of horizontal layers of sand filled synthetic grass.
The engineering factors and constraints of water margins are complex. Things to consider include foundation design, hydraulic loading, flow velocity, erosion potential, imposed loads, construction and environmental hazards, and health and safety issues.
AquaEdge is a civil engineering process which includes an initial investigation, design and specification work, planning, the supply of the various components and installation.
Please contact us if you have water features that would benefit from a clean, low maintenance and natural looking edge.