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PissOffFenner Thu 20-Apr-17 13:07:58

Really struggling with our drive at the moment. It's really cracked old 70s cement but we can't afford to get it replaced. It's where DC play and they keep tripping on the uneven cement, so ideally we'd like it covered with some sort of artificial turf, or foam mats or something as a measure just until DC are older. We've contacted loads of local gardeners and handy men (people?!) who all say it's not the sort of thing they do. Has anyone got any ideas of surface type they might recommend? Or any ideas about something I could have a go at fitting myself?

AlternativeTentacle Thu 20-Apr-17 13:09:53

That's not gardening! It's landscaping. Contact a landscaper.

SavoyCabbage Thu 20-Apr-17 13:14:46

So just as a temporary measure, on top of the cracked concrete? Do you need it for actual parking on? If not, I'd be tempted to take. Pick-axe to the concrete and lay turf.

It depends what you want them to be doing on it. You could use gym mats (ikea) or rugs if you want them to be able to use the space more safely.

The ideal surface would be the rubber tarmac playgrounds use but that would be expensive.

PissOffFenner Fri 21-Apr-17 18:21:26

Thanks - I'd never have thought about turf. Definitely worth a thought.

sparechange Fri 21-Apr-17 18:26:37

What about AstroTurf that people use in back gardens as lawns?

You can buy it online or from B&Q/Travis Perkins and just roll it out on top of the driveway
Or you can lay a layer of sand underneath

We've got it in our back garden and it's brilliant - but it isn't cheap so might not work as a stopgap measure

PissOffFenner Mon 24-Apr-17 21:37:09

Sparechange I have spent a most pleasant afternoon researching different types if artificial grass. I really don't know why that didn't occur to me, I haven't really done much gardening since DC so bit rusty I suppose. Thanks for the suggestion - it's a small area that needs sorting so I might be able to get away with it price-wise, and can probably lay it myself to save a bit of cash. I'm a bit taken aback at how pleased I am with this idea. Cheers!

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