Rarely have I seen a successful turf block driveway. Turf block, turf stone, turf pavers are systems installed as living turf driveway alternatives. The material provides structural support via plastic or concrete cells that are filled with a soil media for turf installation. The block is designed to support vehicular traffic on driveways while providing a green alternative to concrete or asphalt driveways.
Turf blocks have been used for decades, but rarely have I seen thriving turf grass within the block. Not because of the product, but usually due to turf establishment and failure issues. Due to reduced soil root area, soil compaction, irrigation infiltration and damaged soil structure result in poor turf establishment. Soil preparation, drainage and proper irrigation coverage and operation are required to grow turf inside of a turf block system.
Lastly, using vigorous, warm season turf grasses that spread by horizontal solons, rhizomes, and rooting improves the successful establishment of turf grass, such as the Tiff hybrid Bermuda grasses developed for sports fields. Cool season turfs including rye, bluegrass and turf type fescues are clumping turfs that do not spread horizontally, thereby limiting establishment and healthy growth. Cool season grasses are more susceptible to leaf and soil borne diseases, are easily stressed during hot summer months, nor are they tolerant of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and compaction conditions.