Modern concrete landscaping options

Modern concrete landscaping options

Has your yard seen better days, and you’re thinking about different options on what to do with it? Or if you’re building your first home and thinking about a modern way to do your landscaping?

Look no further; here are some options for you. Whether about walkways or curbing concrete backyards, ideas are something to consider.

That being said, concrete landscaping edging is one excellent way to decorate your yard uniquely these days.

Concrete is not a new concept in landscaping. Concrete has been used in landscaping since ancient times; during those years, many have searched for concrete backyard ideas.

We all probably have seen examples of Roman concrete used to decorate houses, gardens, and roads in historical documents.

Today, dozens of inexpensive landscaping techniques utilize the versatility of concrete to produce unique landscaping edging and pads.

For concrete yard ideas, here are some examples.

Stamped concrete landscaping curbs

One modern take to curbs is making them with stamped concrete texture. 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 various shapes and heights, set in straight lines or around curves. This is an excellent alternative to setting stone retainers or cinder blocks for an edging structure.

After the mold or form has been made, we can create the exact size stamp for it. Then we pour or shovel the concrete into the mold and use the stamp after the surface is level.

We must wait until the concrete has hardened from the surface so the stamp will leave a clear mark.

With enough imagination, all kinds of stamped concrete textures can be made using DIY stamps to bring life to our landscape. We could even go for seamless stamped concrete curbs surrounding our plantings.

Stamped concrete pads

Another way to use stamped concrete texture to our advantage is to use it on concrete pads. These textured concrete pads will replace the smooth pad tops as they can be made almost with the same trouble.

To create these, stamped concrete pad molds can be used, as can texture concrete rollers. The most common textures used are stone paver patterns and brick textures.

It doesn’t have to end there, though. With little trouble, we could create natural stone imitations or, if we’re a little bit handier, wood imitations.

For people who don’t want to spend time creating stamps, stamps can also be easily bought from the internet.

You could make the form straight in the ground to get a more detailed picture. Set the top of the form at level with the ground or even a little over it. You can pour the concrete there when the form is well in place.

After a while, you can use a stamp you have made for the concrete or the texture roller on the surface. Now, you have a textured concrete pad in any size you want.

Colored concrete

Almost all the concrete products available used to be some shade of grey. Today, this is luckily not the case.

With more open pigments, we can make concrete in many colors. You can even create a custom color that matches the colors in your home.

To create a colored cement, you must add a powdered color pigment to your dry cement mix. You will want to ensure your color is well incorporated throughout your concrete mix before you pour it.

If we have to make lots of colored concrete, having proper measurements per bag of dry concrete is good. Also, the amount of water has to be measured appropriately, as more or less water in the mix will affect the final outlook.

So it’s best to have a concrete bag, one cup of pigment, and one measure bucket of water.

This way, you will have the same result every time you try. There will be minor differences as some are on the concrete bags, but no one can tell as these are so little details.

Red brick stamped concrete would make nice garden road

Concrete pavers

A simple and affordable option for concrete landscaping is to use concrete pavers. Concrete pavers come in several sizes, shapes, and colors. Pavers are also relatively easy to install.

Any healthy person can do it as they can be removed and redone permanently.

To use these pavers, you will lay them on top of your garden surface or in a prepared, compact space in the ground. These pavers can be purchased from a home and garden store, department store, or outlet store or made at home using a paver mold.

I’d recommend browsing the stores first, as they come in many shapes and prices. There should be something pleasing to the eye in the price range you’re planning.

Then again, if you’re comfortable using a mold, why not create something like red brick-stamped concrete pavers?

You can continue with brick pavers as there are many molds for concrete pavers. You can create natural stones in random patterns by turning the mold around or go with different sorts of paver patterns.

Concrete rubble landscaping

The final idea in concrete landscaping is to use concrete rubble as a design feature. Concrete salvaged from other projects is recycled and broken into small pieces and used to fill in rock gardens, decorate edging, and backfill retaining walls.

Recycling is a green idea, but it’s good to check that the concrete is suitable for that use. We want to protect our landscape as different minerals are used in concrete.

To avoid trouble, it’s good to ask where you’re getting your recycled concrete and whether it is usable for your purposes. They should be more than able to tell as they deal with it daily.

How to use the rubble, then? You can use edging or boards that won’t rot to border an area and place the ruble inside. You can do the sides of your house foundations with these or use them where you have plants.

There are many options, and I can see these used like you do with other kinds of gravel.

Conclusion

In my opinion, why not explore all the available options? One option is to add color to your concrete.

This is a beautiful and cost-effective way to decorate your space. Additionally, you can use stamps to create lively concrete textures.

This is a great way to add more depth and detail to your concrete surfaces. If you want to take it even further, consider using unique colors and concrete stamp rollers to finish the surface of your patios.

The possibilities for creativity are limitless for those who want to build something truly unique. It all depends on how much effort you’re willing to put into being different from the masses.

For instance, you can use concrete pigment, which is one of the cheapest ways to decorate. Mixing it with concrete and mortar is simple, and creating texture is also easy.

If you get excellent results, you can use a sealer on the surface to further protect it or give it a wet look or whatever you prefer.

Many people get their ideas from hardware stores and magazines. However, only a few are willing to go the extra mile to make curbing themselves, even if it’s not difficult to do.

In fact, it’s easier than making the ground level enough for new edging to look perfect. By creating your own curbing, you can add a personalized touch to your space and make it truly one of a kind.

Using concrete in landscaping should not be limited by a style or two; it’s a material where everything can be combined. For that reason, don’t limit yourself when you’re thinking up concrete backyard ideas.