How to pave around mature trees

Paving around trees and mature tree roots in driveways can be difficult. Maintaining mature trees starts by protecting the integrity of their roots, which isn’t easy to do with concrete or pavement. Permeable paving is a modern pavement solution to providing water to tree roots, perfect to keep your garden thriving! The efficiency or permeable paving allowing water to tree roots can keep your garden looking healthy in every season. Not only does it create a sleek aesthetic, but permeable paving is an effective alternative for tree protected zones impacted by paving.

A mature tree is incorporated into the landscape design of this Bayside driveway. 

Why is paving difficult around mature trees?

The difficulty that comes with maintaining the health of your trees, is commonly connected to the roots’ water source. Different kinds of driveways and paths can damage or even kill plants in your garden. For example, laying concrete over tree roots can prevent the uptake of water, meaning your trees will likely lose moisture and die.

What are the best driveways for mature tree roots?

Permeable paving landscape solutions, such as Pebble Pave can be used to construct sections of driveways in tree protection zones. Our experience in paving regulations equips New Dawn with the expertise to pave and construct a reliable surface.

For driveways in a tree protection zone, a permeable concrete base is prepared before laying the paving. Then, Pebble Pave is installed on the permeable concrete. Aggregate colours can be chosen to match the existing concrete, or other landscape architecture features. Screeding and hand trowelling gives a beautiful finish, and the surface is ready for vehicle traffic after 72 hours.

Tree Protection Zone

Permeable paving in a tree protection zone (dotted line) on a landscape plan.

About permeable paved driveways

Permeable paving is a great solution for tree protection zones with strict council restrictions. Some councils have specific restrictions on the amount of non-porous paving allowed on your property. For example, you may only be allowed to cover a third of your property with non-porous materials. 

You can add hard surfaces above permeable paving, without breaching tough restrictions. This means your dream landscaping plans can be created, and why councils love permeable paving!

Tree Protection Zone with Permeable Paving
Permeable paving in a tree protection zone.

Do I need certain drainage for permeable paved driveways?

We always recommend using subsurface drainage with permeable paving, to provides an additional safety net in preventing flooding of the pavement in very heavy rain events. The structure of permeable paving allows water to drain freely and swiftly to infiltrate the soil and tree roots underneath.

Speak to our experts about our driveway installation and resurfacing services to understand what the best option is for your home. We can discuss your landscaping plan with you, as well as advise on how to best utilise permeable paving in future projects.
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