Permeable pavement provides you a way to add in a pavement surface to your yard and landscaping by still allowing precipitation to soak back into the surrounding soil. And along with great drainage properties, permeable pavement looks attractive in your yard and matches the surrounding areas to help you prevent the harsh look of concrete or asphalt. But it is important that you use and install the right type of materials in the right manner. Here are some tips to help you as you add permeable pavers into your yard planning.
Choose a Permeable Pavement Option
There are several types of permeable paving products you can choose from to add to your garden landscaping. It depends on the type of pavement surface you need and the surrounding areas to choose an option that will be the most beneficial to your project. However, be sure you install the pavement and its layers correctly so the surface continues to allow water percolation from precipitation.
One option for permeable pavement is an open-celled paving grid that is set upon a layer of gravel to promote drainage. Then, once the gridwork is installed in the right pattern, you can fill the open cells with gravel, crushed shells, or a mixture of soil to grow grass. This type of pavement not only helps absorb rainfall, but it has the potential to keep the area green with vegetation, which improves the look of your pavement area.
Similar to an open-celled paving grid, you can install interlocking concrete pavers to promote drainage. These concrete pavers are connected together in a regular pattern but allow for moisture to seep between each of the pavers. You can fill the gaps with small gravel, and it creates a durable surface for walking or vehicle parking.
You can also use flagstones to pave a walkway through your yard or as a surface for a patio or driveway. Be sure you fill the surrounding areas with crushed gravel that interlocks together to create a stable surface.
Maintain The Materials
Hiring a professional to install your permeable pavers will ensure their success from the beginning, but it is up to you to keep them maintained so they continue providing the same amount of drainage. Your permeable pavement surfaces will become covered in organic debris, like leaves and twigs, as well as soil as time passes.
It is important that you keep your pavement swept clean of this debris and use a leaf blower or outdoor vacuum to remove the debris from the drainage areas of your permeable paving. This will keep your pavers looking great and help them provide good drainage to help your surrounding soil.