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Permeable Driveway in Action!

Posted on September 14th, 2015 by John Foegley

This is a short followup video showing our permeable brick driveway in action.  There is no runoff from the driveway as seen in the video!  We’ve had a garden hose running full stream on it and it takes all the water down – no runoff.  All that water goes into the ground instead of the […]

Permeable Driveway Day 4

Posted on August 7th, 2015 by John Foegley

The last steps for our Permeable brick driveway increase the stability of the brick surface.  After the pavers are laid, perimeter edging is installed.  During installation we used crushed concrete at the edges where edging would be needed so the drive has a firm foundation that the edging could be staked into.  After edging installation […]

Permeable Driveway Day 3

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by John Foegley

Unilock Eco Priora was selected for this permeable pavement driveway.  It is larger than standard pavers and has ridges which create uniform gaps between the bricks so water can percolate thru very rapidly.  The drive was designed to minimize cuts and included a tan herring bone pattern field which featured a brown cross and brown soldier course […]

Permeable Driveway – Day Two

Posted on August 4th, 2015 by John Foegley

Permeable pavement is basically the construction of a hard surface that water can go thru very rapidly.  This requires different materials and processes than standard brick pavement. Compacting the subgrade provides a solid foundation for a permeable driveway, but it is important not to over compact as that may prevent good drainage. After a quick, […]

Permeable Brick Driveway – Day One

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 by John Foegley

Permeable brick driveways and walks are increasingly popular due to their ability to virtually eliminate storm water runoff. In addition to being eco-friendly, they look fantastic! This is the first of four articles which will document a permeable brick drive installation. This 500 square foot driveway was a perfect candidate as the drive sloped from […]

Eco-Friendly Lawn Care

Posted on May 10th, 2015 by John Foegley

Lawn Care Programs for South Bend The first step in protecting the environment that a homeowner can take is often reducing the application of pesticides in and around their home. Unfortunately, the one size fits all lawn care program offered by the national firms often include weed killers & insecticides which may not be needed […]

Water Conservation – Seven Web Sites for Helpful Information

Posted on April 6th, 2015 by John Foegley

The drought of 2012 will be remembered as more than challenging by those of us in the green industry. While the central Indiana watering ban was eventually lifted, the lost revenue and environmental damage will be felt for years to come. All irrigation systems and irrigation contractors for that matter, are not created equal. Some […]