Have you ever wished that you could have the functionality of a stone or concrete patio and incorporate the seamless, natural beauty of grass? If so, a grass patio is precisely what you’ve been searching for.
What exactly is a grass patio, and what are the benefits of having one? What are the different ways a grass patio can be constructed?
This article will answer all of these questions about grass patios and will give you the information you need to decide whether or not a grass patio is right for you.
What is a Grass Patio?
A grass patio is exactly what it sounds like; a patio made out of grass. The concept is simple, but the design can be a bit more complicated.
You might expect a grass patio to simply be an area of your backyard where you put a couple of tables and chairs, but this is not so.
An unsupported lawn may work great in the dry summer months, but an unimproved grass patio inevitably becomes a sloppy mess during the wet, rainy, spring and fall.
How can you remedy this situation?
Reinforcing your grass patio with concrete or permeable pavers provides a durable grass living space that drains water and maintains its integrity regardless of the weather. For this reason, most true grass patios are reinforced with one of these two methods.
Benefits of a Grass Patio
Building a grass patio has various benefits, including aesthetics, stormwater management, and environmental impact.
The visual appeal of having a naturally flowing grass living space cannot be denied.
Concrete and paver patios create an exciting contrast to the natural world, and building a space that not only incorporates nature, but seamlessly continues it, is attractive on many levels.
When it rains, concrete, stone, and paver patios all shed water toward the street or other drainage systems that are in place, and while this is common practice, it is not effective stormwater management.
Most cities, driveways, streets, and roads are paved with asphalt or made of concrete, and storm drains are severely overworked by the incredible amounts of water they are expected to handle. Additionally, as this stormwater runs down roads, streets, and ditches, it picks up trash, oil, and other contaminants, which increases the stress on our water systems.
A grass patio allows stormwater to naturally be absorbed into the ground, to help alleviate the pressure on overworked drainage systems.
Not only does a grass patio benefit the environment by allowing precipitation to re-enter vital groundwater supplies, but it can also aid in minimizing “heat island effect.”
Heat island effect occurs when a large portion of a local area is made of concrete, asphalt, and other construction materials that store and radiate heat. If enough of an area is built from these materials, it can increase the average temperature by a noticeable amount.
By building more spaces out of natural materials like grass, you can reduce the heat island effect in your local area.
TRUEGRID permeable pavers are made from 100% post-consumer recycled HDPE, which makes permeable pavers a truly eco-friendly building material.
How to Make a Grass Patio
The two main ways to build a grass patio are by intermittently spacing concrete pavers and grass or by reinforcing your area with permeable pavers.
Pavers and Grass
Intermittently spacing pavers throughout a grass area in various geometric patterns is a popular method of creating a grass patio. However, while this method can be visually attractive, it does not truly make a grass patio; the pavers are typically the star of the show, while the grass is merely a role player.
Unfortunately, pavers simply placed in the soil can often be subject to heaving and moving, which can create irregular walking surfaces and dangerous tripping hazards.
Pavers spaced throughout a grassy area will not mitigate mud, and slop, and will leave you with many of the same problems you would have had with an unimproved section of grass.
TRUEGRID Permeable Pavers
Using TRUEGRID permeable pavers, you can create a beautiful and genuinely durable grass patio.
TRUEGRID PRO LITE pavers lock in the topsoil and prevent grass areas from becoming a muddy mess during wet, rainy seasons.
The permeable pavers also protect the grass’s delicate roots from being trampled and killed in high-traffic areas.
TRUEGRID permeable pavers are easy to install and can be quickly and efficiently assembled by any motivated DIYer. However, if you want to create a beautiful, reinforced grass living area without the hassle of excavation, TRUEGRID’s ROOT® system has you covered for the fastest and easiest way to create a grass patio.
Create Beautiful and Practical Grass Surfaces with TRUEGRID
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Create industrial-strength grass paving areas with the TRUEGRID PRO PLUS and experience industry-leading compressive strength, or create beautiful residential grass patios and walkways with the PRO LITE. Whatever your needs, TRUEGRID has what you need to get your job done right!