[permaculture] alternatives to asphalt

Elinor Jean u3288545 at anu.edu.au
Tue Nov 8 18:15:35 EST 2005

Hi Kenny,
there is some great stuff I have seen - I don't know its name though or 
if it is available in the US. Some carparks here in Australia have a 
kind of concrete mesh - you have about 5 cm square blocks of concrete 
woven into a matrix, such that between each block there are rows and 
columns of soil / grass. The soil level is below the level of the 
concrete blocks, so the grass does grow and is protected from the car 
tyres. You could even plant other things such as herbs. This would be an 
option that does not totally kill the soil underneath and that makes the 
carpark a bit cooler as well. It probably helps if there are trees and 
shrubs in the carpark too. Otherwise it might be too hot for the grass 
to grow.
cheers Elinor

kenny swain wrote:
> Hello,
> I am trying to find information/resources for repaving
> a parking lot w/ an alternative to asphalt.  i found
> one option, Road Oyl, and would like to know if there
> are any other viable alternatives.  the job site is in
> Santa Cruz, CA. 
> kind regards,
> kenny
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