When it comes to backyard landscaping, it’s hard to go past a well-manicured path made from quality pavement.  But when the bad weather hits, and the rain starts pouring down, that pavement can present some frustrating issues.  Pavement-related drainage problems can create thousands of dollars of damage for gardeners and residents, but there is a solution.

It’s called permeable paving, which has been developed to prevent irrigation-related problems with pavement.  As the name implies, permeable paving has tiny pores that allow moisture to go right through it to the ground below.  That means no more excess runoff in storm season.

A few types of permeable paving are on the market, catering to all outdoor landscaping requirements.

  • Permeable pavers, which look like regular pavers and come as concrete, bricks, stone or blocks.
  • Structural Grids, which hold grass or gravel in place and have high durability for holding shape and resisting pressure.
  • Permeable Asphalt, visually identical to regular asphalt, but it lets moisture through
  • Permeable Concrete, specially made to have large holes that water can drain through.
  • Resin Bound Paving, made with aggregate materials, but stuck together with a binding resin for proper drainage.