Installing Grass Pavers and Turf Pavers Part 2
Grass / Turf Pavers Installation Part 2
Step Three: Ground Preparation
|Start by digging-out a trench of about 6 inches deep, for your entire driveway coverage. Once you have done this, it is now time to pour your layer of base material. Create a ¾ of an inch layer of crushed stone or gravel. It should be spread out evenly and then with the use of a plate compactor, compact the base material. These vibrating plate compactors can be rented from your local equipment and machine hire outlet. Smooth out the base material for a second time and compact it down again.|
Step Four: Laying Plastic Grid Pavers
Now your surface is ready for the laying of the plastic grid grass pavers. They are so easy to install as they are very lightweight and are a honeycomb like, interlocking based system. Grass Pavers are also very cost effective. They can be purchased from any store that caters to irrigation needs. They are made from 100% recycled plastic, however, they are also available in concrete and clay.
It is recommended that you lay the Grass Pavers across the width of your driveway and not by the length of the driveway. So lay the pavers across the entire driveway site, interlocking the sections as you go, and cutting the pieces where necessary, with the use of a power cutter or handsaw. Be gentle and ensure that you do not disturb the hard work you have done with the base material. Now compact the surface area again.
Step Five: Sand and Soil
|Now that the pavers are in place, cover them with a thin layer of coarse cement sand. Add a second layer, consisting of high quality topsoil. The soil helps to develop the root system of the seedlings or the sod. Seedlings can be planted into the plastic grid grass pavers; it does take a long time for them to reach the desired look. So for this particular installation we are using sod.|
The richer the soil is the more fertile it will be, and this will help maintain a lush green look.
So for the sod to be a success, the plastic grids pavers should be at least half filled with the cement sand and the top quality fertile soil.
Step Six: Sod or Seedlings
As discussed above, the seedlings will take some time to develop, so for this installation we are applying sod. The choice is yours, if you want to wait a little longer for results, by all means plant in the seedlings or young vegetation.
|If you decide to use sod and then commence rolling it out in the same direction that you laid the plastic Grass Pavers, then to reduce the amount of cuts and lines in your sod installation, butt the edges together. This will help to bind the rows and eliminate browning of the edges. The sod can be cut with a sharp knife if necessary.|
Step Seven: Sod Rolling
|Sod rolling is done with the use of a sod roller, which can be hired from your local equipment hire outlet for around $10 a day. It is quite simple, just use the roller to go over the sod, this helps to compact the sod into the soil and to reduce air pockets.|
Your driveway is now ready for use. Obtain instructions from your sod manufacturer on maintenance procedures.