After installation, care is similar to your regular lawn care. Water, fertilize and mow as you would the other lawn areas of your landscape. When the Drivable Grass® mats are properly infilled, the wheels of your lawn mower will ride on top of the surface while the grass is cut 1-3 inches above. See how easy it is to mow Drivable Grass®.
Drivable Grass® is an excellent choice for cold weather climates. Because it is a permeable pavement system, rain, melting sleet and snow will infiltrate and not cause a slippery frozen surface like what happens with asphalt and standard concrete. By infiltrating water away from the surface and into a deepened aggregate base, Drivable Grass® can mitigate the effects of frost heave. Additionally, the product’s interconnecting grid is made from an engineered polymer that remains flexible even in low temperature conditions and can move in a freeze/thaw cycle without breaking. The unique shape of Drivable Grass®, and that it is manufactured using air entrained concrete for cold weather climates, works to prevent cracking of the individual mat pads.
When Drivable Grass® is properly installed, shoveling or snow plowing should not be an issue. Snow plow operators should be educated as to the type of surface they are plowing over prior to beginning snow removal. Teflon runners placed under the snow plow blade are highly recommended. The snow plow operator should be advised to keep the blade up a bit. A 2” to 3” layer of snow left on the Drivable Grass® mats after plowing will rapidly melt, even in cold conditions, due to earth temperature warmth emitting through the product voids and/or solar radiation. Melting snow will infiltrate and will not result in icy conditions on the mat surface in the event of a refreeze.
For sites that will require the use of heavy-duty snow plowing machinery, install concrete curbs and/or strips as a level guide for the snow plow blade prior to installation of Drivable Grass® paving mats. Drivable Grass® should be depressed below the top of the curb/strip to protect the product from the snowplow blade.