Curbing IDEAS for Landscaping
Transforming your homes’ landscape can be as simple as adding special touches with borders and curbing. These types of finishing applications can really make or break the look of your home. There are a variety of options to choose from giving you the opportunity to be creative when taking your yard to the next level.
Advantages to having Concrete Landscape Curbing
Why should you have concrete landscape curbing?
The main reason property owners install concrete landscape curbing is because they get tired of replacing rusted or broken landscape edging. Also, they do not like the look that green metal gives their landscape.
Concrete landscape curbing is the perfect solution to a long time problem. Extruded concrete can follow any curves and designs that your landscape may have. It’s not like trying to bend metal to look like a curve.
The extruded process allows the contractor to:
- Actually mix the concrete on site
- Add custom colors and patterns to match anything from your brick, stone, or a specific landscape color that you may have in your garden.
With a continuous border you will stop that unwanted grass and weeds from invading your flower beds. With the proper care concrete borders will last the lifetime of your home.
Installing Landscape Borders
First, the sod cutting and ground preparation is completed making the landscape ready for curb installation. This is done using a sod-cutting machine to cut a 6-9″ wide strip of sod, and the crew using square shovels to remove grass, and level the ground. Once the ground preparation is completed we are ready for installation.
Second the concrete is mixed on a self-contained trailer, and color is added to the exact measurement for the job. The mixture of cement sand, Portland cement, and a reinforced fiber is what creates a strong durable mixture. The mixture is a dry mix, and will resemble the look of wet sand.
Once the concrete is mixed it is wheeled to the site, fed into the machine and extruded into a beautiful continuous border for your landscaped area.
The crew will then finish out the curb depending on the type of curb you are installing, from using trowels or a stamping process to finish the installation. As an added precaution to ground movement control joints are cut 1/2in into the curb approximate every 12-18 inches to add flexibility to a very strong reinforced curb.
This process is normally a 1-day process, and when the crew is completed your landscape will be as clean as when they arrived.
Make sure your work agreement specifies:
- Job cleanup
- That all excess materials shall be removed from the project
- That the project is to be left in the same clean condition as when the project started
4X6 Concrete Curb
This 4×6 mold is mostly used for dividing flowers beds, but also can be used as a colored border.
This mold is used for stamping. The concrete landscape curbing contractor can stamp this mold with several different types of stamps to include brick, and stone stamping. With brick and stone stamping, several different methods of coloring can be used to give the curbing a multi-colored, multi -dimensional look.
Note that all contractors will not offer the same molds, same colors or same stamping choices. Review what is available with a concrete landscape curbing contractor in your area.
Lighted Concrete Borders
Lighted Borders can add a continuous light to your borders using a 12v or 120v rope lighting system. With Lighted Borders you can give a natural look to your home or landscaped areas with a spot light effect.
Why spend all that time and money on your landscape to only see portions of it at night? With a continuous light you will be able to enhance your entire landscape designs at night, without being in the spotlight!
Stamped Concrete Borders
Stamped borders can give you a more custom look of Brick or Stone. With several stamp designs to choose from and a wide variety of colors and color mixtures your designs are unlimited!Note that all contractors will not offer the same molds or the same colors or stamping choices. Review what is available with a concrete landscape-curbing contractor in your area.