|RE: Landscape Design/Pedestrian Paths||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Oilcloth International/Cardie Molina (oilclothearthlink.net)|
|Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 17:06:48 -0800 (PST)|
Hello - DG (decomposed granite) is a great pervious material. It makes a wonderful walking surface that sort of "crunches" beneath your feet. Like walking in a botanical garden. It is a sensual experience to walk this type of path and very nice. If it is very dry you won't have to weed it but if it gets water the weeds will come thru for a while. (not like pavers or concrete), but it will be easy to pull those up and if the paths are used often you won't have that problem. It is very inexpensive. It doesn't stick to your shoes and shouldn't be a problem going in and out. It will need refurbishing or shoring up after a few years but is not expensive. If you have low spots then you just fill in with more DG. You could also have brick/stone borders so it doesn't spread. We had our paths dug down about about 4-6 inches and then filled with the DG. I think your Landscape Architect has an excellent idea. Cardie . "A New Oilcloth Makes the Whole Family Happy"(TM) Oilcloth International, Inc. www.oilcloth.com Phone: 323-344-3967 Fax 323-344-0409/259-5951 -----Original Message----- From: Karen Scheer [mailto:karen [at] monkeyhouse.org] Sent: Friday, December 23, 2005 4:55 PM To: Cohousing-L Cc: Melanie Mindlin Subject: [C-L]_ Landscape Design/Pedestrian Paths Hello cohousing friends! Our cohousing group here in Ashland is getting very busy finalizing the landscape plans. In designing our pedestrian paths, we would like to create organically styled (flowing around natural contours and human movement, ie. not linear) pathways that would create areas for gardening, privacy and play in our common outdoor space. Our landscape architect is suggesting 1/4 minus Decomposed Granite (DG) for the pathways. There is some concerns about this material and how well it will work. Does it tend to track into homes and other places? Does it need a lot of repairs to prevent muddy spots? Does anyone have any experiences with this or suggestions for other materials to consider? Also, we are looking at ways to make the "driveway" past the parking area pervious (rather than paved) so that water can flow through and we can have an open grass lawn. This area needs to be able to support the weight of the occasional car or fire truck so we are planning to reinforce it with a material that is being described as "egg-crate" below the surface of the grass. If anyone has any experience with this type of pervious surfacing or other suggestion we would love to know more about it. I'd like to wish everyone a very peaceful holiday season filled with presence, magical moments & laughter. Reading the emails that come in through this list everyday, I am inspired by who you all are and your commitment to community. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond! -Karen Scheer Fordyce Street Cohousing Community Ashland, Oregon _________________________________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/
- Landscape Design/Pedestrian Paths Karen Scheer, December 23 2005
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