Friday, April 20, 2012

Cordially Concrete! - Concrete Landscaping

Concrete landscaping has come a long way in the last decade or so, and now it's all the rage. Most people use concrete sidewalks as a design feature for the walkways and paths that wind through their yards and gardens. An attractive option for any size yard would be a very inviting stamped concrete patio. Stamping is a process where the concrete is impressed before it sets with different patterns, such as stone and brick. Color can also be added in several ways to add more depth and realism. Additionally there are plenty of other options, such as exposed aggregate for those with larger yards.






Stone walls are another form of concrete landscaping that has really caught on like wildfire. These walls run the perimeter of your property, essentially framing your home. They are very attractive and set the tone for other landscaping in your front, side, and back yards. Other advantages to these types of walls are that they are perfect for keeping your pet in the yard, and they create a solid perimeter that helps at keeping intruders out. The harder your home is to get into the less likely burglars will try.


You can also use concrete type landscaping to keep your soil in place, or separate grass from landscaped areas. If there is a part of your yard that is prone to slipping, or washing out, you can build a retention wall expressly for this purpose. One of the great attributes concrete has is that while it can be serving a necessary function, it can also look very attractive. There is so much that you can do with concrete in terms of landscaping, because it is relatively easy to work with.


Precast concrete landscaping blocks can be stacked and used for retaining or decorative walls. You can even build an entire barbecue pit with these precast concrete landscape blocks. There are several companies that manufacture custom concrete landscaping stones that are unique and creative and are available in different shapes, colors, textures and patterns. There are few things as relaxing as inviting some friends over and having a little party out on the patio, overlooking a beautifully landscaped yard.
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