“Wishes, values, change –gardeners and landscapers are challenged” was the topic of this year’s landscaping days in Veitshöchheim.

The symposium with accompanying exhibition was held for the 47th time and is visited by about 700 people every year. The organizers are the Verband ehemaliger Veitshöchheimer e.V., the VGL Bayern e.V., and the landscape management department of the Bavarian regional office for viniculture and gardening.

In addition to a varied range of presentations, there also was the opportunity to meet many different producers, service providers and merchants from all fields of horticulture and landscaping.

The International Geotextile GmbH presented its gabions and erosion control mats on both days of the event. Reinhold Neisser and Jessica Sondermann could, among other things, introduce the new iGGgab QUADRO gabion building kit to the visitors and inform them about Hydroseeding.

In his lecture “The mulch makes it!” engineer Andreas Schulte (Bavarian regional office for viniculture and gardening) presented the results of a long-term test about three different types of mulch. Since autumn in 2009 at altogether 44 parcels of land, bark mulch, a mineral mulch (porphyry grit) and the iGGmat mulch-fleece PLA 150 were tested for planting times, maintenance effort, effectivity and optics. The iGGmat mulch-fleece consists to 100% of polylactic acid fibers. It is a brown nonwoven fleece which is mechanically needled und has a one-sided calendaring
Andreas Schulte emphasized that all tested types of mulch are suitable for the usual mixed perennials seedsandoften aesthetic and economic considerations as well as the life span of the mulch play a major role in choosing the suitable material.

The iGGmat mulch-fleece stands out due to its low maintenance effort according to Mr. Schulte. For the whole observation period 2010-2014, with the iGGmat mulch-fleece time savings of 20% compared to the mineral mulch und time savings of 5% compared to the bark mulch could be realized. The high maintenance times for the mineral und bark mulch areas are in part due to the appearance of wood plant seeds. Finally Andreas Schulte concluded that no mulch method emerged generally over all scopes of application as “the best” method, and that in each case the local conditions, the available budget and the individual preferences of the client have to be taken into account.

Stand der iGG auf den Landespflegetagen in Veitshchheim
Jessica Sondermann talking to customers at the booth of the International Geotextile GmbH

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