Concrete landscape curbing is an alternative to other forms of curbing such as metal or plastic. It allows for a continuous border, preventing unwanted weeds and grasses from entering a landscaping area, acting as a type of root barrier due to its weight. It is also a durable and efficient way to increase the aesthetics of a landscape.
Many people choose to incorporate concrete curbing into their landscaping because plastic or metal curbs have to be replaced frequently. Concrete landscape curbing is more durable than other alternatives. Concrete curbs can last as long as the house itself with proper care since concrete is not prone to rotting, warping, separating, or other types of deterioration, even in extreme weather conditions. However, if concrete edging does crack, it can be patched easily using a patching paste. Concrete blocks or bricks can simply be replaced if damaged.
Because concrete curbing is durable, it is a more permanent landscaping feature. Therefore, it is not normally placed around shrubs and trees that needs the room and ability to change such as a young pine tree or portable swimming pool. Pre-cast pavers such as as concrete edging blocks, bricks, and pavers are alternatives to edging products such as metal or wood.
Unlike other types of lawn edging, concrete curbing is highly visible and used to highlight flowerbeds or accents within a yard. Concrete curbing may incorporate various stamps and colors such as an earthy, warm colors to bring your landscaping to life, making unique lawn borders. The stamps can resemble nearby textures such as brick or stone. In addition, additions such as pebbles or shells can be added to the concrete to give it an exposed, aggregate look. Brick veneers and stone ceramic tiles may also be applied to give it a more decorative look to accent your lawn or garden
To install a concrete landscaping curb, concrete is mixed on site and extruded through a machine into a continuous border. Joints are often included throughout the concrete curbing, allowing for increased flexibility depending on ground movement and erosion in the future. The curb texture and shape are applied and finished with a stamp to give it a professional look. The installation process normally lasts no longer than a single day depending on the size of the landscaped area.
In order to pour concrete edging, a form must be made that conforms to your lawn or garden beds so the concrete can be poured in place. The building of these forms is fairly labor-intensive which increases the price of the edging. Pre-cast concrete edging is less expensive than a custom, poured concrete edge, but it still costs more than other options such as metal, wood, or plastic. For small lawns, however, the cost difference is not is not as great, while with bigger lawns it sometimes becomes more difficult to cover the expenses.
- A concrete curb can withstand up to 3000 pounds per square inch of pressure
- The weight, wheels, or blade of a lawnmower will not damage a concrete barrier
- The normal installation time takes no longer than 1 day on average
- In most cases, fortifying fibers are used in the curbing to increase strength and durability
- Colors should not fade if done correctly