If you live in an area that experiences significant precipitation, you have probably witnessed small streams form in your street after heavy rainfall, with water rushing toward the nearest storm drain. Could this run-off be mitigated by using erosion control pavers?
After a series of downpours, you may have noticed substantial erosion around your local area due to higher-than-average water levels, flash flooding, or uncontrolled stormwater run-off. Could using erosion control pavers help to reduce the damage to the environment?
Erosion control pavers and grass paving can help mitigate the damage caused by stormwater run-off and reduce erosion, but are they suitable for your needs?
This article will explain what erosion control pavers and grass paving are, and how they can help control run-off and erosion.
What Are Permeable Grids and Erosion Control Pavers?
Permeable grids and erosion control pavers are often referred to as permeable pavers.
Permeable pavers are modular, interlocking grids, typically made of plastic, that snap together to form a continuous structure.
Erosion control pavers, or permeable pavers, are typically several inches thick and are constructed with a strategically engineered structural pattern that creates maximum compressive strength while leaving as much open space as possible. The open space is what gives permeable pavers their unique and beneficial qualities.
The open spaces engineered into erosion control pavers help lock topsoil and surrounding landscapes into place. By installing your pavers below grade and filling them, the paver’s structure supports your landscape, to strengthen it from within.
In addition to supporting the soil and preventing erosion, the open spaces provided by permeable pavers allow precipitation to soak into the ground, unlike asphalt and concrete surfaces which shed water toward the street or other drainage areas. By providing a permeable space for precipitation to re-enter the groundwater supply, you are helping the environment as well as diminishing stormwater run-off issues.
What is Grass Paving?
Grass paving is more than just a lush, green lawn; it refers to a grassy area that has been structurally enhanced by using erosion control pavers.
When you install permeable pavers, you can choose to fill them with gravel and crushed stone products, or you can fill them with dirt and grass, to create what is known as grass paving.
Erosion control pavers, or permeable pavers, provide structure to the grassy landscape and protect your grass’s delicate roots from being crushed and trampled. This added structure prevents ruts from developing in your lawn and prevents your grass from being killed by heavy traffic from vehicles or on foot.
The combination of erosion control paver and grass creates an environmentally-friendly paving area that naturally absorbs water and resists erosion.
In addition to the structural benefits, grass paving is visually appealing and helps reduce the “heat island effect.”
The heat island effect refers to the phenomenon that occurs when a large portion of a landscape is paved with asphalt or concrete. Because asphalt, concrete, and other traditional paving surfaces heat up in the sun, the temperature of the local area experiences a noticeable increase. You can prevent this heat increase by using grass as a paving surface.
Using TRUEGRID Permeable Pavers to Control Stormwater Run-Off and Erosion
TRUEGRID has designed and engineered industry-leading erosion control pavers to help control stormwater run-off and control erosion for you and your project.
Made from 100% post-consumer recycled HDPE, TRUEGRID permeable pavers provide unparalleled compressive strength, which gives them versatility that is unmatched by competitors.
Parking lots are notorious stormwater run-off creators; their large impermeable expanses shed massive quantities of water toward overworked storm drains. By using TRUEGRID permeable pavers, parking lot owners can create a durable parking area that effortlessly stands up to the rigors of heavy vehicle traffic while also mitigating stormwater run-off and reducing heat island effect.
TRUEGRID permeable pavers are excellent erosion control pavers as well. Install TRUEGRID permeable pavers on slopes, around drainage areas, or along river banks to lock soil into place, and ensure that generations to come will be able to enjoy the same landscapes as the generations before.
Choose TRUEGRID for Rugged, Eco-Friendly Landscaping Solutions
Since 2013, TRUEGRID has been developing eco-friendly products with industry-leading designs to help create ruggedly beautiful landscapes that our planet will love.
Made from 100% post-consumer recycled HDPE, TRUEGRID permeable pavers have prevented millions of pounds of plastics from entering our waterways and landfills.
TRUEGRID permeable pavers have also returned millions of gallons of water to vital groundwater supplies, to rejuvenate the water table.
Want to create a beautiful grass paving area with quick and easy installation? TRUEGRID’s innovative ROOT® system is just what you need to achieve a stunning, durable emerald surface.