In general, plantings in the reinforced zone are acceptable and may in fact enhance the reinforced soil mass provided:
- Engineer should review with the owner the planting plans from the landscape architect to verify size of root balls and if any geogrid layers will be disrupted.
- Language can be placed in the project specifications.
- Augers should never be used within the reinforced grid zone.
- Also consider the effect of excess irrigation. See (ref. BP, Chapter 12.7)