Biomatrix floating islands are floating wetlands that allow the growth of land plants. Their foliage creates a healthy environment for wildlife and enhances the aesthetics of the body of water while the roots purify the water.
- For extensive projects requiring naturalized islands with less internal structure, we recommend 2D islands.
- The most popular model is the 3D model where the multi-layer planting media gives structure for planting large plants. The hardware is compatible for long-term performance under normal circumstances.
- For conditions with high water flow (> 2 m / second), large waves (> 1 m high), or exposed sites we recommend 4D as the stainless steel hardware and internal mesh structures are stronger.
Working with the Intelligent modular designs (PDF) is easy. The codes indicate the shape, length, width, left or right attachment hardware. Module components attach easily to one another with rugged stainless steel hardware.
- Shapes: R-rectangle, T-triangle, TZ or Z-polygon
- Length: 2.3m or 3m long ( 7.5 feet or 9.8 feet)
- Width: 1.15m (3.8 feet). All components are this standard width except for the Z2.3 module, whose side is 1m wide, designed as an end unit.
- LH: hardware on left-hand side; RH: hardware on right-hand side
Planning a project is easy with these parts. Contact us for design support and pricing.
Sold by module and not square footage
Other floating islands consider the surface area as a unit for pricing. However, the Biomatrix Floating Islands are designed to take into account the three dimensions: the top surface, the deep internal structures and the lower substrate where the roots interface with the water. This distinction is critical, as flora and fauna come to inhabit every square centimetre of the Biomatrix surfaces. For these reasons pricing is primarily given per ecological module and not per square foot, as square surface footage does not correctly represent the ecological diversity of the Biomatrix floating islands. Having said this, we can give a square foot price, but it’s like comparing apples to dried apple slices.
- We recommend planting native aquatic perennial herbs in larger formats (1litre size is ideal) for greater planting success. Plants must tolerate full sun. Plants not included with the islands.
- Plants that like wet feet do best on the FTW’s. The Biomatrix design allows for terrestrial plants too.
- Avoid introducing non-native or invasive species onto the islands.
- Allow naturalization. After several years, nature will become the gardener, and the plant community will evolve with mosses or unusual wetland plants such as sundew (Drosera).
- Islands can stay in the water year round, freezing and thawing cycles do not seem to harm the islands.
- Initial planting: If not using a bird fencing system, plant after waterfowl nesting period is over to avoid the denuding of the island by nesting birds. It is strongly recommended to use a bird fence. The fence is less visible but continues to protect the island from birds once the vegetation is established.
- Avoid tasty flowering plants like lilies, nasturtium that may attract muskrat.