Using Porous Pavement in Your Backyard and Garden

Porous pavement has been used for years in parking lots and driveways because of the way it helps prevent water damage to the surface of pavement. However, it can also be integrated into backyard and garden projects. Here's what you need to know about this unique type of pavement.

What Is Porous Pavement?

If you've heard of porous pavement but never really read up on it, it's worth knowing what it is before investing in any. Porous pavement is used heavily in parking lots because of the ways it allows water to drain directly through the pavement and into the ground. This material has a wider range between the various concrete particles than some other substances do, but it still maintains a firm surface.

Porous pavement is a little more expensive than traditional paving methods, and the cost ranges from $2.00 to $6.50 per square foot. Traditional paving methods, such as asphalt, are in the range of $0.50 to $1.00 per square foot.

What Are the Benefits and Disadvantages of Porous Pavement?

Porous pavement is designed to help reduce stormwater and groundwater runoff, helping to divert water into the ground and off of your pavement. Using it on your driveway will help eliminate water pools that can damage the surface. This is also true in backyards, though in this case porous pavement will also help prevent water-pooling damage to your grass.

Beyond the increased price mentioned above, porous paving's disadvantages include the way it can be clogged by de-icing sand spread in the winter. This shouldn't be a major problem for garden paths, but it is worth knowing. Porous pavement also can't be used on slopes with over a 5% incline, and limits its use in some areas of your yard. Stick to flat or nearly flat surfaces, and you should be fine.

How Can I Use Porous Pavement in My Garden?

There are a variety of ways that you can use porous pavement in your backyard and garden. These garden projects are diverse enough to fit into just about any home-design scheme and will give your home a style boost that you can't get with more traditional pavement. You can use porous pavement in garden paths, mowing strips, and patio seating areas. 

Make sure that you choose porous pavement that fits in with the design scheme of your yard. For example, you should use gray porous pavement if you have concrete decorations in your backyard and black pavement if you have asphalt decorations.

By using porous pavement in your garden and backyard, you are helping to promote the growth of your grass and limit the damaging impact of new design projects. Porous pavement is simple to integrate, and though it is a little more expensive than other paving methods, the better-looking grass that can result from having porous pavement is worth the cost.

For more information about this type of pavement, contact a company such as Branche Industries