drainage, Colorado Hardscapes created a surface that allows
planted vegetation to grow naturally yet can be driven on by
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providers of concrete flatwork.
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to be detained in man-made wetlands that
can be cleaned out periodically without
causing lasting damage to planted vegetation. By incorporating concrete’s substantial structural capacity without impeding
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The NREL detention pond, planted with wet-lands-type vegetation to enhance its appearance.