I have a front lawn that I'd like to convert into a parking bay with filled gravel as I don't want it to be concrete. The soil is mainly clay. How can I do that? How many layers (sand, gravel) should there be? How thick is each layer? A car under 2,000 kgs should be able to park on it.
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Thank you for your question. I'm sure our resident D.I.Y. expert @EricL will be able to assist once he's back online on the site later today. In the meantime, could you please share any photos or additional details about your front lawn so our members get a better idea of the space involved?
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An ideal product to use for driveway support is the Strol 0.5m² SurePave Plastic Pavers. It's super-strong with a wall thickness of 3.5mm to handle traffic and turning. It's able to withstand 700 tonnes per m² when filled and is made from 100% recycled plastic. It's UV stabilised for outdoor use and the panels interlock securely to reduce long-term creep.
The video guide below recommends digging out the vegetation and placing a fine gravel mix of 30mm and screed to level. My only other recommendation is to run a plate compactor over the area once you have the SurePave and gravel placed over the area.
Here is a handy step-by-step guide:
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Great suggestion @EricL - I used those on an area of lawn beside my driveway. Nobody in my house could keep on the driveway and the lawn was getting wrecked. I also installed the concrete version of the same thing for a friend - who wanted the concrete ones - lot harder to do but works just as well. Adbri Masonry 420 x 315 x 95mm Charcoal Turfgrid Paver - Bunnings Australia