Concrete Landscaping Projects For Spring
by TRP Ready Mix on May 11, 2020
How to Incorporate Concrete Into Your Backyard Landscaping
With nothing but time on your hands as the weather heats up and nowhere to go for your spring or summer vacation, why not transform your yard into your own personal oasis using a durable and versatile material like concrete?
While concrete isn’t usually the first material that springs to mind when planning your next backyard landscaping project, it has numerous benefits, including the fact that it’s incredibly strong and can be used for so many different types of projects.
With that being said, we’ll explain all the main benefits of incorporating concrete in your landscaping projects and provide some ideas for projects you can try this spring.
Benefits of Using Concrete in Landscaping
Concrete is a highly durable material that can stand up to the elements along with lots of foot traffic and heavy patio furniture, ensuring it will last for many years. It’s also incredibly low maintenance as it is a solid material that’s easy to clean.
From a design perspective, concrete is a great material to work with as it’s incredibly versatile and can easily be formed into any shape to look however you want it to. Plus, by using stains, paints, and other colouring methods, you can achieve pretty much any colour imaginable.
Its versatility also means it can be used for a wide variety of landscaping purposes Here are a few ideas to try out that will make your yard the envy of all your neighbours.
Ways to Incorporate Concrete in Landscaping
Build a Concrete Patio
While interlocking stones are the most common way to build a patio, concrete is also a great option that can mimic the look of natural stone when certain techniques are used. A concrete patio can also be customized to your exact design specifications.
Here are a few design ideas for creating a concrete patio:
- Mimic the look of brick or stone with stamped or stenciled concrete
- Create a unique design/pattern with paint or stains
- Use pavers and play around with different shapes and sizes
- Create more dimension with a tiered concrete patio
- Achieve modern simplicity with large, smooth concrete pavers
Rather than just simple concrete pool decking, play around with stamped or stenciled concrete or paint and stains for a modern, elegant look – or even try concrete pavers. The options are endless.
Here are some other options for using concrete as your pool decking:
- Try a sand finish to add some texture
- Add an accent border using small pavers
- Use stamped concrete for a stonework finish
- Try a unique pattern using pavers
- Combine different shapes, sizes, and colours
- Keep it simple with basic, smoothed out concrete
Outdoor Kitchen/Dining Area
Looking to take your summer barbecues to the next level? An outdoor kitchen and dining area is a perfect addition to the backyard for anyone that loves to entertain guests.
When it comes to the patio that will house your new kitchen, concrete is an obvious choice due to all the benefits we’ve already touched on.
As for your countertops, granite and quartz are popular options, but concrete can be just as nice, as it’s not only incredibly durable but has a cool, minimalist, industrial look that’s super trendy right now.
Looking for a more durable and functional, yet aesthetically pleasing way to separate your garden beds from your grass or patio? Look no further than concrete!
Unlike traditional metal landscape edging, stamped concrete is more permanent and durable and won’t rust over time. Plus, there are tons of design options, and you can even match it to your concrete patio!
Raised Garden Bed
Raised garden beds are a great way to improve garden health and accessibility, but when you add concrete into the mix, you can give your garden a sleek, modern look.
Looking for a bit more privacy to help you create the ultimate relaxing oasis? Keep away prying eyes along with harmful rays from the sun with a sleek concrete retaining wall.
Add some dimension to your yard with elegant concrete steps leading to your new concrete patio or garden space.
While we’ve mainly focussed on backyard landscaping projects, it’s important not to neglect your front entryway and curb appeal. A great way to add some pizazz to your entryway is by adding a walkway using concrete pavers. Concrete pavers come in various shapes, sizes, textures, and colours, so you can play around with tons of different design options.
As you can see, good old fashioned concrete isn’t just for construction or industrial style projects. With a bit of creativity, concrete can be used for a multitude of landscaping projects and transform the entire look and feel of your backyard and front entryway.
So, if your summer plans involve a lot of time spent at home, why not get started on some spring landscaping projects to turn your backyard into a beautiful oasis?