Eco Driveway

Today, I thought I would entertain you on driveways making this article a derogation from the usual plant alternatives’ theme since this time I will be talking about mineral alternatives.

For a clean and neat look, everyone recognizes that a driveway should be asphalted. With a larger budget, one can afford to break the conservative black monotony with a beautiful pavers’ mosaic.

Yet, there are some irreducibles like my girlfriend and I who persist in keeping an aggregate entrance. This makes us stand out in the neighbourhood; especially considering our zero grass policy. (see article Green grass effect).

Since my youngest age I had only known aggregate driveways. Less practical to learn roller skating, but less damaging for the skin when falling. My father never had his driveway paved.

Here on the left, a picture of me at 6 years old with my big brother showing the aggregate driveway.

His motivation was one of economy. But note that, if you wish to have a building classified LEED (note1), an unpaved, permeable driveway gives you points. Covering the soil with a permeable material is more environmentally friendly than a waterproof surface that forces additional rainwater management. Without knowing it, my father was a precursor among environmentalists, before the term even existed.

For most of my readers, there is the snow removal consideration. If you contract out this task, you may find aggregates on the grass in the spring. It is preferable to opt for 0 -3/4 which allows a better compaction with less mobility of the stones on the surface facilitating snow removal. Of course, if your entry is of reasonable dimension, you could take advantage of the difficulty of a mechanized snow removal to do some exercise with a manual shovel. Must be worth a short walk or a visit to the gym. Make sure to use a sleigh snow shovel to avoid back injuries.

An aggregate yard can bring you other benefits like seeing a turtle lay eggs in your driveway as it happened to us. See the children’s story that I wrote for this. You now know that it is based on a true story.

Before ordering the asphalt or pavers that will condemn the underlying soil to remain lifeless, why not consider an alternative that will bring you closer to nature.

 Note 1: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a North American system for the standardization of high environmental quality buildings created by the US Green Building Council in 1998

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