Re: Landscape Design/Pedestrian Paths
From: Jock Coats (
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 19:09:00 -0800 (PST)
Indeed, they do get slippery, and I would not advocate them for areas that would have to be cleared of snow. They're primarily used for "secondary" vehicle access - areas where vehicles should not be regularly but may need to access on occasion. They don't withstand regular vehicle use anyway - so if that's what you're after, you might find you end up with some pretty concrete hexagons full of mud.

For footpaths, if you want to avoid macadam surfaces, you could look at "hoggin" as we call it in the UK:

In my experience it packs hard enough to scrape to near the surface and because it's made of sand and clay tends to be 'self gritting'. Can need topping up every few winters though.


On 29 Dec 2005, at 00:00, Buzz Harris wrote:

Hi folks.

I love the look of these honeycombed pavers, but I have a winter- related question for those of us in cold climes. Does anyone have experience plowing snow off of these? It certainly looks as though it would compact down into the holes and, potentially, create a very slick, icy surface for winter walking (or falling!).

I really do not like the look of asphalt pathways in a pedestrian community, but their advantage here in New England is that it is easy to plow snow off of them. I would love to find a porous walkway solution which can also be easily snow-plowed without leaving a dangerous walking surface in our long winters. Does anyone have experience with somethng like this?



At 07:38 AM 12/28/2005, you wrote:

Hello, All,

_Turfstone_ ( and _Grasscrete_ ( are two commercial products that allow grass to
grow while providing a surface for vehicles.

David Clements

In a message dated 12/27/2005 1:53:40 PM Eastern Standard Time,
cohousing-l-request [at] writes:

James--is there a name for that 25% concrete product? I've never heard of it and it sounds perfect for the parking our city, Denver, requires.

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