Permeable Pavers... WikiHow

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There is a simple way to increase the health of your yard... Allow water to get to the soil in the right amount. The magic word is permeability. Permeability is the measure of how much water can permeate (soak through) the material. Many auto enthusiasts have second garages on their property. One of the issues with second garages, as well as the accompanying driveway, is the ratio of permeable to impermeable surfaces. Aside from the house and garage (they better be impermeable!), most driveways and sidewalks are impermeable... and we can change that. Many counties, including Gwinnett County, here in GA, have code requirements for the maximum ratio of impermeable surfaces. So, if there is a house, garage, sidewalk and two driveways, that percentage might start to get tight... Gravel is permeable, but not allowed in some areas. WikiHow has a write up on the solution. Basically, it tells how permeable pavers can be installed. As part of a landscape design, this can help the yard, the environment and your wallet (fewer watering bills...).

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Very very cool advice Lane!

Aug 03, 2009 12:51 PM #1
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Hi Lane!  You're always a wealth of information!  I have to say that when we get our run-off bill from the city, MOST months it's greater than our water use--we need more permeable surfaces.  OR, we need to move off of this hill our home is on!!  LOL

Have a wonderful Wednesday...

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Renee - Thank you.

Debe - I don't know if the municipalities are up to speed on all of these technologies, and how to deal with billing and such...

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