Grass and Turf Pavers Installation Part 1



Grass / Turf Pavers Installation Part 1

The following article will discuss the installation of a driveway using Grass/ Turf Pavers. These  pavers are  permeable and are very good for irrigation. They are also easy to install, that you can certainly to do it yourself or seek the services of a trained professional.

Plan and Layout

Starts with a Plan

As with any installation, it is very important to plan out your proposed project site. It is recommended that you draw your layout on a piece of paper and draw it to scale as well. This helps you measure out and calculate how much of each material you need to purchase, and it will also assist you in developing a budget. So if you work out that it will cost too much, you can simply alter the plan, by perhaps reducing the size to cut costs. It also makes it a lot easier to mark out the dimensions of your installation, using your plan as a guide.

Materials Needed

Here is a list of the tools and materials that you will need for your Grass/Turf Pavers installation:

  • Sod Roller
  • Vibrating Plate Compactor
  • Cement Sand
  • Topsoil
  • Power Cutter
  • Handsaw
  • Shovel
  • Crushed Gravel or Stone
  • Spirit Level
  • Grass Pavers
  • Sod or Seedlings
  • Sharp Knife
  • Drainage System

Sod Roller

 

Power Cutter

Step One: Grading Your Site

Grading your site is a very important step in the success of your Grass/Turf installation. You must first of all observe the slope of the existing project site, if it seems like it is too flat, then you will need to incorporate grading into your installation. The reason for this is that if there is no slope then water will flood the driveway and create puddles, thereby weakening the strength and durability of your driveway. You definitely do not want that to happen.

So the idea is to have a slight slope in the installation, in the direction going away from the house. This will enable the water to flow down towards the road and not cause water damage on your driveway now or in the future.

Correct Grading before installing grass pavers Working out the correct grade of your site is simple. All you need to do is place a level on a long level piece of 2 by 4. As a guide it is recommended that you have a 1% grade, or a ¼ inch of a bead drop on your level. It is important for the slope not to be too steep, but just enough for the rain to run off.

Step Two: Drainage

Installing a simple drainage system is a wise move. You can purchase a catch basin and drain from your local hardware store. The best place for this drainage system is at the lowest spot in the driveway. Once you have determined the lowest spot, install the drainage system. The drainage system will connect to an underground pipe that will lead all the rainwater to the streets.