Living in Southern California has many benefits for winter landscape refreshing. Because the rainy season has yet to start, now is a good time to take a critical look around your existing landscape and specific areas that are not doing as well as others. Cutting back old and overgrown foliage and giving everything a good trim can be an easy afternoon project that instantly provides a fresh, neat, and tidy look. Winter is also a good time to do sod removal of any area that has not sprung back from summer and consider replacing it with an island planter bed. This area will look great outlined with curbing and replaced with a planter bed utilizing drought tolerant trees, shrubs, and plants. Additions to consider include built up areas within the island to create texture and interest along with boulders, weed barrier, drip irrigation and rock or mulch. Adding landscape lighting in the curb is also an option that showcases the area at night.
DIY Curbing Maintenance. Winter is also a great time to remove hard water spots from and seal your curbing. I recommend using a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and water in a spray bottle or Hudson sprayer. Simply wet all areas of the curbing that have hard water spots and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then using a household cleaning brush, go over all areas of the curbing spraying extra vinegar solution as needed. Rinse well with plain water and let dry completely. Visit your local hardware or home improvement store and purchase a clear concrete sealer in either matt, semi-gloss, or gloss finish and paint on the curb with a roller. Applying the clear sealer during the warmest part of the day will ensure the best results of it drying before nightfall where the possibility of moisture/dew may affect the finish.
Transforming your homes’ landscape can be as simple as adding special touches with borders and curbing. This type of application can really bump up the curb appeal of your home. There are a variety of options to choose from to assist you in getting the exact look you want. Check out the photo gallery to get some ideas!
Why use concrete landscape curbing?
The main reason property owners install concrete landscape curbing is to define a specific area of their landscape and because they do not particularly like the look of wood or bender board in their landscape. Concrete landscape curbing is the perfect solution to many long time problems including controlling grass and weeds from growing into planter bed areas, to define a child’s play area, to control water runoff and outline walkways and paths. Extruded concrete can follow any curve or design that is already in the landscape or can be used to make the design. The process allows the contractor to mix the concrete on site and add custom colors and patterns to match or accent anything including brick, stone, or house/trim color.
First, the sod removal (if needed) and ground leveling is completed to ready the area for curb installation. This is done using a sod-cutting machine to cut a 12″ wide strip of sod and is rolled up and placed in your waste receptacle or taken away upon customer request. The crew will then use a flat shovel to level the ground.
Second, plaster sand, Portland Cement, and fiber mesh (for strength and durability) is mixed on a self-contained trailer. If colored curbing is being installed, concrete color is added to the concrete mix in an exact measurement for the number of linear feet being installed. The concrete mixture is a dry mix, and will resemble the look of wet sand.
Third, the concrete mix is taken by wheel barrow to the installation area, fed into the curb machine and extruded into a beautiful continuous border to your exact landscape design specifications. The curbing is finished with a trowel and based on design choice, stamped. As an added precaution for ground movement and to prevent cracking, control joints are cut ½ inch into the curb approximate every 3½ feet.
Most projects are completed in one day and we guarantee all materials will be removed and your area will be in the same clean condition as when we arrived.