Grass paving is an environmentally friendly way to pave an area while simultaneously allowing vegetation to grow. This requires the use of grass pavers, which provide several potential benefits to a project, and can be used for many different applications. The installation of grass pavers is a fairly simple way to pave an area. The pavers also prove durable over time but do require some maintenance. This kind of paving provides consumers with a different option for landscaping an area that might prove to be just the right thing for some projects.
Grass paving is typically accomplished by using pavers made from either plastic or cement that interlock in a honey-comb pattern. The pattern leaves a hexagon-shaped hole in the middle of each paver where grass can grow. This makes grass-paved areas permeable and more efficient at draining rain water than traditional paving options. Grass pavers also provide structure to the soil and can be helpful in preventing soil erosion in places where that is an issue.
Despite their permeability, grass pavers are very sturdy and capable of bearing weight. They provide plenty of strength for regularly handling the weight of cars without damaging the soil below and are a good way to pave driveways. Grass paving can also be useful in many other areas such as walkways and pathways.
Before beginning a grass paving project, it is necessary to dig a trench of about 6 inches (15.24 cm) throughout the area. The trench is filled with a base layer of crushed stone or gravel, which is compacted using a plate compactor. Then, the interlocking grass pavers can be laid out and the entire area compacted again. The pavers are then filled with cement sand and topsoil to provide a strong base for the vegetation. Finally, grass seed or sod is planted over the entire area.
Much like the installation process, maintenance of grass paving is usually simple. Since it is a growing plot of grass, it will need to be watered and mowed just like any other grass. In order to preserve the drainage capacity the of grass paving, the drainage holes need to remain free from debris, so the pavers should be vacuum swept and pressure washed about four times a year.