Permeable pavements are a great improvement that you can install into your landscaping design and reap some environmental benefits in the process. However, permeable pavers need to be installed in the right manner and with the right materials in order to achieve their full benefits to your yard while looking attractive. Here are some recommendations and insight about installing a permeable paving system in your yard.
Permeable Pavers Provide Benefits
Having permeable pavers as a part of your landscaping have their own unique appearance along with a list of benefits to your yard and the environment. Not only do permeable pavers give you the look of decorative stonework as your walkway, patio, or driveway, but they also provide benefits to the local water system.
Normally when it rains onto a non-permeable surface of concrete or asphalt, the water puddles, flows downward and into the nearby gutter or overwhelms the nearest spot of soil. And with all the water will flow any pollutants and contaminants that may be upon the pavement, which will go into the local storm drain to pollute the water system.
Permeable pavers, on the other hand, will allow precipitation to soak down through to the soil below the paved surface. The gravel set between the surface pavers allows moisture drainage down and into the soil of your yard where it will benefit your vegetation and ultimately go back into the local groundwater system.
Install them Appropriately
The permeable pavers that make up your yard's new landscaping pavement feature should be installed so that they will create good drainage conditions down into the soil below. To do this you will need to excavate enough soil on the site so you will have space to pour in a drainage layer of gravel. Traditionally the gravel layer can be several inches thick, which is dependent upon the type of soil in your yard and the size and type of pavement surface you are installing.
It is also a good idea to install a layer of landscape fabric below the gravel layer to keep the soil from coming up into the drainage gravel. Then, compacting the gravel layer is essential so you make sure the foundation layer is stable and a solid base for the paving stones.
Make sure you set the paving stones straight as you install them in their unique pattern and with spaces between the stones. These spaces are where you will fill with the filler gravel to keep the stones secure and promote full drainage of precipitation. Learn more about purchasing permeable paving products today.