Pavers are used in all sorts of ways to complete an outdoor setting. Spacing out the pavers used on a sidewalk or patio can help to improve water drainage and possibly reduce the cost of materials for the project. What will you use to fill in the spaces between the pavers to create something beautiful and improve the water drainage around your home?
Ground-covering plants can be used between the paving stones to create a beautiful look and benefit the environment. The plants not only look nice, but they will help improve the water absorption into the ground, reduce the amount of runoff and cut down on the heat that the paving stones reflect.
As you research the types of plants that you can use between your paving stones, refer to a Plant Hardiness Zone Map to be sure that the plants will do well in your climate.
Also look into the growth pattern of each plant that you are considering. You want a ground-covering plant, but you don't want it to take over the entire area. Look for one that will creep between the pavers and not consume them.
Rubber and natural mulch are available in various colors. This affordable option will help to fill in the gaps between the pavers while maintaining good water control.
One thing to consider if you are thinking about using real wood mulch is the artillery fungus that can grow in it. This fungus isn't hazardous to your health, but it can make quite a mess. As the mulch ages and heats up in the sun, this fungus shoots out tiny spores that land on surrounding surfaces and cause tiny black stains all over everything. If you are up to the task of replacing the natural mulch every year, the natural mulch can do well for you. If you plan to extend the use of your mulch beyond that time, consider using the rubber mulch.
Now, when you think about gravel, you probably picture the boring gray gravel that is used in driveways. There are a number of gravel and stone options that are simply beautiful and can be used to fill in the gaps between your paving stones.
The gravel might cost a little more than the mulch, but it won't be as hard to take care of and you won't have to worry about the insects and fungus that the mulch can host.
Talk with your local paving stone expert or contact a company like Central Arizona Block to learn more about the different permeable options to fill in the gaps between your pavers beautifully and beneficially.