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Wednesday 3 June 2020
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Paving Nature

Paving Nature

Sometimes there is a need to extend or establish pavements. Either for extra parking or simply making a walk way for people to use. But, not everyone wants a concreate slab covering their lawn or perhaps just don’t want to impede on the beauty of nature. That’s where grass pavers come in to give you the best of both worlds. Now if you have never heard of a grass paver before, that’s because they have only recently become popular. Companies such as TRUEGRID have recognized this need and designed a system to accomplishes a solution for this problem.

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How does Grass Pavers work?

The approach of grass pavers is very different than that of more traditional means. Instead of just simply clearing the area and pouring concreate on ground. TRUEGRID starts off by buying recycled plastic and shaping them into a sheet made up of a small circular pattern. This sheet is simple there to reinforce whatever filler you chose to use, in this case grass. Before we get to that step, the sheets will be laid out to fill the space as needed. Dirt or sand then can be used to fill out the small circles in the sheet, after that you can plant the desired grass or place sod over the sheets and press down to secure it. Once installed, the grass will begin to blend into the area over time, hiding almost any hint of the pavement itself.

Specifications and Maintenance 

Now that you have a basic understanding of how it works. It is important to know if it will handle the demand. Here are some of the basic specifications of the system itself.

  • Overall Strength: The base strength of the sheets themselves is around 6800psi (pressure per square inch). That is before the introduction of a filler material, increasing strength considerably.
  • Life Expectancy: Expect anything from as low as 25 years, all the way up to 60 years. All of this depending on how you use it. For comparison, asphalt usually lasts for 15-20 years.
  • Virtually no maintenance: Due to its permeable features, you do not have to worry about wear and tear from water or climate.

To go into further details about why water and temperature plays such a role in maintenance. Have you ever noticed in an older parking lot, that it will have cracks and sometimes vegetation growing out from underneath? That’s because water can erode surfaces over time. It can also infiltrate the surfaces themselves, which when you combined it with colder temperatures, expanding the ground causing cracks. Then once exposed, plants can grow and do a similar thing. But, because grass pavers don’t inhibit nature, it is not affected by it.

Best of both worlds

Now you know that you can expand or build your pavement, without interfering with nature. In fact, you can save money using grass pavers over traditional methods and keep the natural beauty of your surroundings. Not to mention the fact, that once installed there is no need to maintain for decades to come.