Drainage Media

With just the right ratios of soil, sand and organics, G&S Solutions Drainage Medias are precisely formulated to give you the perfect filter medias. Whether custom blending a specific formulation or utilizing one of our many current mix designs, our filter medias are designed to provide maximum effectiveness in any specified application. Our guaranteed consistency provides our customers a quality they can count on and a product that will perform at each level within the drainage media.

What is Rain Garden Media?
A rain garden (also known as porous landscape detention or PLD) is a shallow depression in the ground to help capture, detain, and filter stormwater runoff. It serves as a tributary area for water flow when impervious areas such as roofs, roads and parking lots have excess water runoff. The growing medium used for rain gardens is a mixture of 85% coarse sand and 15% compost/shredded paper mix. The 15% compost/shredded paper mix is 50% class 1 STA registered compost and 50% loosely packed shredded paper, cut into ¼ inch strips. The shredded paper, similar to other woody materials, captures nutrients from the compost and slowly releases them as the paper decomposes. Compost alone would leach more nutrients than desired. The paper will temporarily slow the infiltration rate of the media and retain moisture, providing additional time for a young root system to benefit from moisture in the growing media. As the paper decomposes, nutrients stored in the material are available to the vegetation. Till the rain garden media 6 inches into soil for optimum results.

BioLite Green Roof Media 
BioLite Green Roof Media can be designed and blended to your specifications. If a project is in need of specific design or product, we can custom blend whatever media is required. Our mobile blending units can effectively blend media at a rate of 120 tons per hour.

BioLite Semi-Intensive Green Roof Media
Semi-Intensive Green Roofs will support a wide range of perennial plants, grasses and small growing shrubs or evergreens depending on the media depth and irrigation. It typically has a depth of 6 to 12 inches with a saturated weight of 30 to 40 pounds per square foot. Whether irrigation is necessary or not depends on the regional climate and on the kind of plants that are used.

BioLite Intensive Green Roof Media
BioLite Intensive Green Roof Media typically has a depth that is fairly deep, usually 12 to 36 inches with a saturated weight of 55 to 150 pounds per square foot. The application will support shrub and tree growth and is usually utilized in planters or areas where a diverse plant community is desired. They will require more maintenance than Extensive Green Roof but will provide more shade and create a park–like setting.

BioLite Extensive Green Roof Media
BioLite Extensive Green Roof Media has a typical depth of 3 to 6 inches and saturated weight of 15 to 30 pounds per square foot. They are frequently designed to satisfy specific engineering and performance goals.

BioLite Stormwater Filter Media 
BioLite Stormwater Filter Media will solve storm water problems naturally by reducing harmful runoff during events where large amounts of water from rooftops of impervious surfaces inundate the storm water system. BioLite Filter Media will cleanse the water and release it back to groundwater storage naturally, without chemical, high maintenance or major facility upgrades. This unique ceramic media gives the engineer or landscape architect the design flexibility to provide both onsite water treatment and preserve or create an aesthetically pleasing landscape.