Dubai to convert Parking Lots from Asphalt to Grass

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Dubai to convert Parking Lots from Asphalt to Grass

Read all about it here. The folks in this second of the Emirates want to go green, literally. They are planning to take all the parking surface lots in the city and cover them with grass. I wish them all the luck. they will need it.

Not to be completely negative on the subject, but my experience, somewhat limited I agree, tells me that this is a gargantuan task. It will require a lot of engineering, replacement of topsoil, grading, reinforcement, fertilizer, cutting, and the like. Of course this shouldn’t be much of a problem in a country where they build islands in the shape of palm trees and have the tallest building in the world.

However, I wonder at an alternative. Why not plant trees? They would take less water and maintenance, provide the “green” feel the city is chasing and more importantly SHADE to help in those 50 C ()140F)summers.

There is something else. Those Bentleys, Ferraris and Rolls Royces have a lot of torque. That power on the rear tires has a tendency to tear at the pavement. What will they do to grass, even the reinforced variety?

JVH

John Van Horn

John Van Horn

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  1. A few places here in the UK have concrete with holes for grass to grow through – it looks like grass from a distance, but has (most of) the strength of concrete, so the grass isn’t churned up by vehicles. That would also be a better idea.

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