Heavy Duty Surfaces that Go Well With Sod Grass | Tips from Dallas Sod Grass
For terraces, paths and other heavily used areas of the outdoor room or backyard, plants are often too delicate to serve as flooring, and hard surface materials like flagstone, concrete and tiles, are more practical. Our favorite looks involve mixing sod grass with brick and crushed stone of gravel because they fit almost any house and garden, are fairly inexpensive and can be installed at a reasonable price. The cheapest option here is usually crushed stone or gravel because it drains well.
It can be used as a permanent surfacing if thin spots are renewed from time to time, or as a temporary surface if you think you may want to install a paved surface on top of it later. A 2-3 inch layer of gravel is generally adequate, watered and rolled with a heavy roller. To insure stability in areas where there is frost, and to get thorough drainage in hard-packed soils, 5 to 6 inches is better.
For a dressier and more permanent surface, it is hard to beat common building bricks. Bricks are readily available and inexpensive. They also add a natural feel.
Bricks do not have to be embedded in mortar or a solid concrete base, but can simply be laid in a 2-inch bed of sand. After the bricks are set in the desired pattern, more sand is brushed on top until the cracks are filled. This method of setting bricks not only is simple, but allows you to build a terrace right up to or around a shade tree. This flexibility is also a great long range advantage; the bricks can be pulled up from their sand bed if you want to change the shape or location of your terrace or walks.