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Drivable Grass

If you’ve got a lush green lawn, you most likely want to keep it that way — which means no parking on the lawn or driving across it.  Now Soil Retention Systems makes Drivable Grass, a flexible concrete pad that’s used in place of concrete or asphalt driving surfaces. Raised concrete tiles provide a solid surface for driving and parking, and grass grows between the tiles, with the roots protected.

Each paving tile measures 2′ x 2′ x 1-1/2″. Perforations and grooves in the mats let grass roots penetrate into the underlying soil.  You can install it yourself if you’re ambitious, or you can hire a professional to do it.  Areas covered with the tiles still absorb rainwater, which means no more standing water in your driveway and less runoff. As a patio surface, it can help you keep cool in the hot sun — grass reflects thermal energy much more efficiently than solid material like pavers or concrete.

No price is listed, so drop them a line if you’d like a greener, meaner, drive-over lawn.

Drivable Grass [Soil Retention]

 

13 Responses to Go Ahead, Drive On The Grass

  1. Bill says:

    This may be new for Retention Systems, but it’s a very old product. I first saw it in use in Europe in the early 80s.

  2. mike t says:

    Great idea, have all the cars moved before mowing the parking lot everytime…

    Does winter salt kill the grass?

  3. Scott says:

    Seems like it would be a pain in the butt to shovel/blow snow off of this stuff, but it looks cool

  4. PutnamEco says:

    Great stuff, permeable pavement. Great way for dealing with zoning laws regarding storm water runoff/retention.
    I also like Flexi-pave. kill two birds with one stone, recycle used tires reduce storm water runoff. Really nice to walk on.

    http://www.kbius.com/index1.html

  5. Eric Dykstra says:

    mike, I think salt is bad for grass regardless of what it’s planted on. In an area with snowy winters this might not be the best choice for a main driveway. Although a properly set snow blower might work.

  6. BG says:

    They have these all over in Switzerland. They are a little different, they are often diamond shape with the middle of the diamond open for the grass and other green stuff to grow. It seems to be fine through the winter. I was under the impression that even if stuff dies over the winter something will grow back the next summer, it might not be grass, but given the harsh nature of the area they are living in, short tough green stuff (moss, weeds, grass) grows eventually.

  7. Matt says:

    What. Now I have to mow my driveway too? Hell no. I want more concert so I need to mow LESS.

  8. Bubba says:

    I live in de south…front lawns are for parkin’ our pick em up trucks on. We’all use driveways for our yardsales. I don’t see what y’all fussin about here…

  9. Robert says:

    I’ve seen something like it here in Texas at hospitals. What appears to be a lush lawn is also the firelane. Big firetrucks can drive right over it.

  10. melvin says:

    Emergency access is one of the great uses of this stuff. Once you’re aware of it you start seeing it every where at places like ball parks, soccer fields, schools and parks. Things like ambulances can drive right up to the field without sinking even if the grass is saturated with water. Some of these products are actually below the level of the grass and completely disappear unless recently driven across.

  11. Jerry Nissen says:

    Where are these sold, and price of each unit?

  12. Yes, this is an old technology, but as BG says the older ones were honeycombs or diamond shapes that allowed for isolated little tufts of grass to grow. Drivable Grass is the reverse, with larger areas for grass roots (zoysia and bermuda work best) to spread in. Drivable Grass is the best permeable paver for healthy, strong, and vigorous grass roots and shoots.

    Jerry – Super-Sod sells Drivable Grass in the Southeast. Please contact them if you live in the area (http://www.supersod.com/drivable-grass.html). There are other distributors throughout the US, so Google Drivable Grass if you live outside of the Southeast.

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