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Landscaping: 3 Ways to Use Concrete Products in Your Yard

Landscaping: 3 Ways to Use Concrete Products in Your Yard

By Carlo Morelli The mental images that the word concrete invokes may not be of something you'd want in your yard but in fact, the landscaping industry has begun to incorporate concrete products in their designs the past few years with surprising results. Now concrete's use is growing with the introduction of stained and decorative concrete finishes to include patios and driveways as well. You can make use of concrete for various parts of your yard.

  1. The most common use in concrete block designs for walkways and paths through a garden. This is usually seen in larger yards but even if your yard is small it can accommodate concrete landscaping. It could be a small patio built from concrete blocks for you and your family to sit in the sun on. It could be a simple concrete planter or two for a small container garden. Or you can simply use a concrete sundial in a flower bed.
  2. Stone walls are another form of concrete landscaping that has really caught on. Walls frame the entire home like a frame to a prized painting. There are many reasons to have concrete walls. These concrete walls work well for keeping small pets in the yard, and good for keeping intruders out. The harder your home is to get into the less likely burglars will be to bother trying.
  3. You can also use concrete landscaping to keep your soil in place. If there is a part of your yard that on an incline then you can build a concrete retaining wall expressly for this purpose. Concrete precast blocks come in many shapes and textures and you are sure to find a style that you like. Another thing about concrete that makes it so suited to landscaping is that while it can be quite functional and rugged it also can give the appearance of being purely decorative. There is so much that you can do with concrete in landscaping because it is so easy to work with.

You can use precast concrete landscaping bricks, blocks or whole solid slabs. Now you can even get custom made concrete landscaping stones that are unique in color, shape and pattern. Take some time to visit your local nursery or landscaping supply stores and have a look at the concrete landscaping material. You will definitely get some ideas for your next backyard project.

Carlo Morelli writes for http://www.OnlineTips.org, where you can find tips on installing fiberglass insulation, how to replace an entry door and many other home and garden projects.

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