Aqua Pave | Grass Driveways

Building a Green Grass Driveway

Grass driveways, parking spots, reinforcing grass

There are 2 common options when using Grid Pave/ Aqua Pave - planting grass and using gravel. This section is about using grass.

Grid Pave has been used all over Europe for over 20 years, and it's a heavy industrial plastic that's been engineered to withstand huge loads - cars, motorhomes, trucks and even fire trucks! The concept behind it is brilliant - and so simple.

These squares of recycled plastic (100% recycled too!) - are from 1.5 inches to 2 inches thick. The Grid Pave 40 - which is what I personally have used around my house - is Grid Pave midweight product for residential driveways. At 1.5 inches deep it really doesn't sound like much until you realize how simple and easy it works. The plastic won't shift, split or crack even when cars park on it. It really does work like a snowshoe - spreading out the weight of car tyres - and distributing the load. Because it has so much empty space - the grass grows and the grid doesn't show any more.

Grass can be planted or seeded and the roots get protected by the grid. After rain, the GridPave/ Aqua Pave allows water to gradually absorb into the soil below. To me, this is really the perfect solution for someone who needs an extra parking space but doesn't want to put down more tar or cement. It's great for visitor parking too... and if we had a camper van or a motorhome - this would be perfect.

For a grass area we had to do some excavation - basically to get rid of the old grass. Grid Pave suggested a huge amount of sand get mixed in with the soil. The sand keeps the water draining away from the surface - and into the sub-base. What was interesting was the sub-base only needed to be about 4 inches deep - made of the sand and soil. We topped it off, and threw down a bit of seed, and waited for it to grow. Alas - it still has to be cut!

Green Drives

Permeable paving is the term frequently used for systems like Great Reasons to build a Green Driveway!

Does it really help the Environment?

Permeable paving is the term frequently used for systems like GridPave/ Aqua Pave - which allow water to drain or permeate into your base. In the past, asphalt was the top choice for driveways because it was simple and cheap to install. Putting in a plastic grid system is slightly more expensive but here are some of the benefits:

  1. Recycled Plastic turns into an environmentally neutral product. GridPave/ Aqua Pave is 100% recycled plastic - and will outlast any asphalt driveway. It won't crack and rarely needs repairs even after decades of use. The plastic used in GridPave/ Aqua Pave is environmentally neutral - so it won't deteriorate and leech into your soil. It’s UV resistant, frost neutral and can withstand the heat.
  2. Storm Water Control - when it rains or pours the water carries the pollutants from a car straight into most drains. These drains often feed directly into the lakes and streams. When water can flow into the soil it will become naturally filtered.
  3. Mud Control! - When water is kept draining (thanks gravity!) it will seep into the sub-base and help control mud. Gravel driveways used to form muddy spots and potholes - but by using a grid system the water flows away from the surface. No more mud!
  4. Cost Savings Grid systems originally cost more than asphalt and less than concrete or stone pavers. In the long term the savings are huge - not just for the environment but for the pocket book. Grid Pave will keep the gravel from disappearing - and slow down the migration of gravel. They prevent washouts and stop pot holes. Grid Pave systems installed across Europe typically last over 20-30 years, with little to no maintence or repairs.
  5. Creating Green Space This Grid Pave systems are so easy to install that they frequently get used for extra parking. If you ever need an extra parking place - don't park on your lawn - install an area for your bikes, cars or trailers - in just a day or two. They can be used to help control mud and erosion, and give your family a space that is green instead of a slab of concrete! Grid Pave - which allow water to drain or permeate into your base. In the past, asphalt was the top choice for driveways because it was simple and cheap to install.

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