Don’t Get Your Car Stuck in The Mud This Winter
We introduce matting and mesh options to enable parking on grass, whatever the weather
You may have no option but to park on grass if hard standing areas around your property are scarce, or perhaps the challenge is finding extra parking when you have visitors. If parking on grass is a regular occurrence, then it could be worth a small investment in matting or mesh specially designed to enable parking when the going gets soft on damp grass.
Grass: a vulnerable surface
It doesn’t take much dampness to cause grass to churn up under the wheels of even the lightest of cars; just a few parking manoeuvres is enough to cause rutting of damp grass. Getting stuck or at best dangerous slithering as wheels lose grip is the result – and to make matters worse, rutted and churned grass may never really recover. Repairs and relaying turf is the only remedy.
The mesh and matting solution
These days, a solution is at hand. Companies such as Essex based landscaping and gardening products specialists Suregreen provide hard wearing plastic mesh and matting specially designed to protect grass and provide a stable parking solution either in the shorter or longer term.
Ground protection mats
Made from HDPE (high density polyethylene) plastic, these custom designed mats are simply laid over the space required for parking and – if more than one is being used – linked together with special interlocks.
They have a grip pattern on both sides and are quick and easy to clean, can withstand loads of up to 80 tonnes, and can cope with our varied climate whether rain, snow, sunshine or extremes of cold and heat.
The mats are ideal as a temporary solution as they’re flexible. If you need more parking space simply add more mats and link them together with the interlocks.
They’re popular for use as temporary flooring at outdoor events such as outdoor sports or concerts and can either act as a roadway, pedestrian walkway or overflow parking.
Grass reinforcement mesh
Perhaps a more long-term solution, plastic mesh is ideal for reinforcing grass so it can withstand parking even when the going gets wetter. The Suregreen grass reinforcement solution comprises mesh made from high density part recycled plastics available in different ‘strengths’ depending on likely requirements.
Turf protection mesh – for occasional and lighter traffic demands.
Grass reinforcement – a heavier duty mesh designed for more frequent and heavier traffic.
How it works – the mesh is laid on the grass and secured with steel U pins; after a while grass grows through and intertwines with the mesh filaments to create a strong, durable surface that won’t get rutted or worn when grass gets damp.
The mesh disappears into the grass, producing a natural yet durable grass surface, and has a lifecycle of between 10 and 20 years. Due to its permeability, grass reinforcement mesh won’t affect natural drainage and its long life means it won’t degrade and contaminate the soil.
The mesh is available in various roll lengths to suit various requirements.
A natural and lower cost alternative to parking needs
Mesh or the more temporary plastic matting offers an ideal solution for when parking on grass is required. Its use is becoming widespread; many busy venues such as stately homes and places of interest use mesh to add to their car parking space. Installing mesh or using plastic mats is far cheaper than creating more ‘hard’ car parking space such as laying tarmac.