All surfaces, whether dealing with gravel sheets, grass grids, pavement stones, tiles, or wood will always require - minimal – maintenance. With ECCOgravel sheets, this maintenance is limited. Maintenance can be subdivided in 4 groups:
Occasional inspection is advisable depending on the traffic volume and how the surface is used. It is recommended that you cover the honeycomb sheet again in places where it is exposed.
Preferably clear any leaves once a year by raking, blowing, or vacuuming. Tests have shown that the minimum fraction of your gravel can never be less than 4 mm if you wish to avoid gravel pulverisation.
SOIL | MANURE
If soil or manure ends up on the surface, this is best removed with a shovel down to the honeycomb structure. A new layer of gravel (± 1 cm) on top of the honeycomb structure is sufficient to recreate a perfect surface. The soil or manure that has washed into the hollow spaces of the honeycomb structure will have no effect on water permeability.
Consider the following points in preventing weed growth.
Do not use gravel types that have a high porosity. High porosity = water is retained longer = more weeds.
Do not use gravel types with high lime content, as this promotes weed growth.
Create a foundation that has no nutritive constituents and that drains water well.
Any remaining weeds (from seed already present in the soil initially) can be prevented from growing by the geotextile (anti-rooting mat) at the bottom of the ECCOgravel® grids. The weeds can be removed easily by hand, as the roots are concentrated in the honeycomb structure. It is also possible to remove the weeds using hot air or burners. These solutions are preferable to chemical weed killers.