Concrete has a bad reputation in home improvements - it’s mainly considered as something to be used for driveways and pavements and is often seen as a low maintenance option over grass. Correctly used however concrete can offer solutions that are both attractive and cheap. Landscape gardening is just one example where concrete can be the perfect solution for your renovation requirements.
One of the most conventional and popular uses for concrete in the garden is in borders. It can look amazing edging your flower or veg beds. It can also be used to create walkways or to set trees apart from the rest of the garden. Concrete has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and there are loads of different types to chose from, including imitation stone concrete. Concrete can also be treated in a number of ways including polishing.
Concrete is also regularly used to build retaining walls in the garden. Generally speaking it’s very difficult to tell the difference between a real stone wall and one constructed from imitation stone concrete blocks. Using concrete is the cheaper option and the wall will be every single bit as functional and attractive.
Concrete paving stones can be made to look like pretty much anything, from brick to rocks. Whether you’re laying a small garden path or a the main driveway, concrete is an excellent paving option. It’s hard wearing and attractive as well as being cost effective. When compared with the brick or stone paving the savings can be extensive.
As well as these options above, it’s fairly standard to find decorative concrete pieces for the garden; such as statues and birdbaths as well as fountains and benches. These items again are a so much cheaper than their stone alternatives, they weather really well and are incredibly tough. They also provide that finishing touch to any garden project.
Concrete and Cement mixers can be hired for use, but if you’re concerned about taking on a project like this on your own have a chat with some quality landscape gardeners, who will be more than happy to advise you on the best course of action. There are also specialist companies who deal with decorative concrete work.