Early spring is the ideal time to plan all your landscaping projects for the upcoming year, so now’s a great time to get started! Projects like these are always easiest when you make plans ahead of time. Measure the area you’re planning on improving. Count the number of paving bricks you’ll need. Knowing the little details means that you’ll be able to make informed decisions instead of dealing with a lot of guesswork. You’ll save money and time in the end. Here are a few reasons to get a jump on spring preparation: Continue reading
Concrete is a very versatile material and can be used in many different parts of your home. Even just your yard can be enhanced with concrete in a variety of ways. For example:
Driveway. Using concrete for your driveway results in a permanent and low-maintenance addition that will improve your home’s aesthetic appeal and provide children with a safe and flat space for outdoor play.Â Did we mention it can also decrease erosion in your yard? You can choose between poured concrete slabs and concrete paving bricks. Bonus tip: after installation, we recommend waiting at least three days if not longer to use your driveway again. Continue reading
Happy Valentine’s Day! Who knew concrete could be fun and romantic? Here are five surprising and inspirational ways to creatively express how you feel about your loved ones. Don’t forget, you can use these suggestions year round, not just for Valentine’s Day. For those of us in colder weather, it might be a little more practical to wait for the warmth!
1. Set it in stone. Commission a concrete block, inscribed with your favorite poem, quote, or a simple “I love you” message. The right design makes a great garden ornament or patio block, or you can also design pieces for the interior of your abode.
2. Give roses that never wilt. Did you know that concrete can be dyed to match almost any color? Let your artistic side shine and design a red rose floor for your garden patio.
3. Build a giant board game in your backyard. Classic examples include life size chess and checkerboards, complete with lightweight game pieces. Invite your friends over for some live action gaming. You can always think outside the box for something more active, and build your own version of your favorite game. Who hasn’t dreamed of playing Chutes and Ladders in real life?
4. Adopt a fish pond. Concrete makes a great foundation for decorative ponds. You’ll need to test the waters with a pH test kit before you add any fish to make sure your water is safe for marine life. Some types of concrete can contaminate the water with toxic chemicals, and dead fish are never romantic.
5. Add functionality. Sundials are classy and useful additions to any garden, not to mention educational. Show your family and visitors how to tell time by the sun and become more in tune with nature.
“Love, like truth and beauty, is concrete.” – Carter Heywood