Concrete has been a staple in landscaping and building since the ancient times. However, since the Romans invented this strong and durable building compound there have been many changes to how it is used and applied to landscaping tasks. Today there are dozens of inexpensive landscaping techniques that utilize the versatility of concrete to produce amazing modern landscapes.
Stamped Concrete Curbs
One of the latest trends in concrete landscaping is stamped concrete curbs. In this application concrete is mixed and molded in place to produce curbs around yards, flower beds and other raised structures. Stamped concrete curbs can be designed around a variety of shapes and heights, they can be set in straight lines or around curves. This is a great alternative to setting stone retainers or cinder blocks for an edging structure.
Stamped Concrete Pads
Another trend in concrete landscaping is the use of stamped concrete pads. These textured concrete pads have replaced the smooth pad tops. To create a stamped concrete pad molds can be used, as can textured concrete rollers. The most common textures used are stone paver patterns and brick textures.
In the past the only color option for concrete was grey. Today this is not the case. You can now add just about any color pigment you want to your concrete mix. You can even create a custom color that matches the colors in your home. To create a colored cement all you have to do is add a powdered color pigment to your dry cement mix. You will want to make sure your color is well incorporated through out your concrete mix before you pour it.
A simple and affordable option for concrete landscaping is to use concrete pavers. Concrete pavers come in several sizes, shapes and colors. To use these pavers you will either lay them on top of your garden surface or lay them in a prepared, recessed space in the ground. These pavers can be purchased from a home and garden store, department store or outlet store, or they can be made at home using a paver mold.
Concrete Rubble Landscaping
The final new trend in concrete landscaping is to use concrete rubble as a design feature. Concrete salvaged from other projects is broken into small pieces and used to fill in rock gardens, to decorate edging and to backfill retaining walls. This is a green project idea as it gives you a second use for damaged concrete.