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Dan in Medford
A lawn that doubles as winter parking during snow storms
Dan in Medford

Hi,

I have a small yard and would like to install a small lawn for my daughter and a future dog to play on in the summer time. I would also like a place to park my car, off the street during heavy snow storms. So here is my idea; I could install a lawn with embedded stabilizer grids to avoid killing the grass from compaction. My cheaper plan is to just install a normal lawn and see what happens. It should be cheaper to repair 10 years in a row, than the grids would cost to properly install.

OR

I think i could use water crystals (hydrogel) tilled into the soil to fight compaction and help with watering.

I am also curious to know what types of grass might be best suited for this type of application in New England.

Does anyone have any experience in this area?

ed21
Re: A lawn that doubles as winter parking during snow storms
ed21

No need to use stabilizer grid or grow through pavers for the entire yard, just make a single parking space. Or even pave a space. I've never seen grow through pavers that I thought looked particularly attractive. Especially to do the entire yard with.
Parking on the grass is wet weather will result in mud and ruts. Hydrogel will not help. In fact it will keep the soil moist and more easily rutted.

Dan in Medford
Re: A lawn that doubles as winter parking during snow storms
Dan in Medford

Thanks for the advice. Do you think i should bother with a product like this? http://celltekdirect.com/lsg.html

Or simply put in grass and see how it goes? I am mostly worried about compaction, which i guess i could fix with hand tools in the spring..

I expect the ground to be frozen when i will park here. The rest of the time, street parking will be used, provided not too much snow.

Mastercarpentry
Re: A lawn that doubles as winter parking during snow storms
Mastercarpentry

Or move south- we don't have that problem here in SC! Just kidding of course. You can't park on a lawn without compaction problems occurring so a dedicated parking area is the way to go. That could be a bordered mulch bed which could be transformed into a flower bed for annuals after the snows are done, or a similar 'rock garden'. You could also pave and place potted plants there after winter. Be creative and think outside of the box!

Phil

Dan in Medford
Re: A lawn that doubles as winter parking during snow storms
Dan in Medford

thanks these are good ideas. I will post when the work is done and let you know what i ended up with.

- Dan

Dan in Medford
Re: A lawn that doubles as winter parking during snow storms
Dan in Medford

So, had a patio torn out and asked the landscaper to move the aggregate base to where my future driveway meets the sidewalk. He moved the top soil out of the way, and back filled the patio spot with that soil. I figure i could use the base material under a few rows of cobblestone where the sidewalk meets the lawn, and then top off the remainder with a few inches of soil for better stability and drainage on the "driveway winter lawn".

I am still toying with the idea of using this product http://www.landscapediscount.com/NDS-EZ-Roll-Grass-Pavers-EZ4X24-p/ez4x24.htm. In which case, i would compact the reused base materials, and top the grid off with top soil and compost. Does anyone have experience with grass pavers like these? Seems like i would not be able to aerate the lawn in that area...

The amount of aggregate was a surprise and i hope reusing it like this is the right decision.

Dan in Medford
Re: A lawn that doubles as winter parking during snow storms
Dan in Medford

should i expect any problems if i use a plate compactor on a mixture of top soil and road base? It mixed a bit, and i plan to rototil it together and compact it for a base under the grids, then sandy loam on top.

ed21
Re: A lawn that doubles as winter parking during snow storms
ed21

No experience with it, but if installed properly it should give you temporary parking area at least. Aerating seems out. Somehow I doubt if the area will look as nice as a regular lawn, but then again it should look a lot nicer than a regular lawns that gets parked on in wet winter weather.

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