If you are the type that takes pride in your beautifully maintained front lawn, here's a chance to extend that look – put in a green driveway.
The installation process is easy to do for a residential property, and transforms traditionally paved driveways, sidewalks, walking paths and seating areas into naturally relaxing, inviting areas.
Designed to withstand the weight of cars and heavy foot traffic, a green driveway, or path, uses molded, honeycomb-style pavers, with grass growing in the holes. Most grids are made with 100% recycled plastic materials, acquired from the production of the grids themselves.
One key benefit of this system is ground stabilization. Grass and turf pavers help in a variety of ways to avoid erosion, which prevents the soil from rutting and compacting, making the surface weak and unstable.
The second, and environmentally friendly, benefit of using a green grid is drainage. Grass and turf pavers allow the drainage of storm water back into the ground, which is recycled rather than being emptied into our waterways.
In regions that are traditionally prone to flooding, or at least gathering large patches of water in yards during storms or snow melt, homeowners who have grass grids installed are pleased to see there is virtually no water visible.
This environmentally friendly grid system does not require any special tools for assembly. It can be cut into corners, and even if the ground is uneven, it is no problem. The grids will go directly on top of any surface. However, for best results, the grass pavers should be installed on a firm, well-drained base.
The walls of these honeycomb cells are approximately 1.5 inches (40mm) thick and virtually disappear beneath the surface after a few months of grass-growing seasons.
Once installed, topsoil, sand and gravel are added into the grid cells. This helps to prevent the turf or grass from settling and collapsing from underneath itself, while still encouraging filtration.
The next step is for the planting of the vegetation within the grid system, using either turf or seedlings for new grass. Of course, the turf method is quicker but does require some skill in laying the grassy rolls. Either way, the end-result is an attractive, grass-covered section for parking or walking.
Maintenance of a grass grid is easy:
After installation, taking care of a green driveway is as easy as a regular lawn, including regular watering and mowing.
Grass grid areas are useful for creating additional parking spaces at a residence, without damaging the surrounding lawn.
Traffic areas are able to remain cool, green spaces rather than heat-retaining pavement.
Vehicles driving and parking in the area do not affect the protected roots of the grass.
Any potholes that arise can be repaired immediately by replacing a new paving system.
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