Tips To Successfully Install A Concrete Edging In Your Yard
Concrete makes an attractive surface for your landscaping, as it creates order, neatness, and looks great for many decades, especially when it is used in an edging application around lawn, pavement, and landscape borders. However, it is important that you complete the concrete curbing project with the right details and features so it works well for you and provides you the edging your landscaping needs. Here are some tips to help you successfully install a concrete edging border for your landscaping.
Plan Out Your Edging
Before you can install the concrete forms, mark out your curbing dimensions onto the ground with either a garden hose or landscaping marking paint. You can also use string and stakes to mark out a straight lined curbing. Use a straight edge shovel to excavate the area for the forms and your curbing, excavating into the soil a couple inches so your concrete curbing is set well into the soil for extra stability. You also don't want your curbing to extend too far above the soil's edge because this can get in the way of landscaping work. For example, your lawn mower blade needs to have clearance above the top of the concrete curbing to prevent damage to your mower.
Arrange For Your Concrete
Once you have a plan of the dimensions to your concrete edging, you can calculate how much concrete you will need. A concrete order from a local ready mix concrete supplier will help make your project easier, especially when they provide a concrete chute or a pump to pour the concrete into your forms. This option makes it easier to install long lengths of curbing and to fill the forms of your large concrete curbing job.
And when you order concrete in one complete batch from a concrete supplier, you can pour the concrete in one continuous body to keep the concrete a uniform consistency and promote long-lasting durability. If, for example, you mix your own concrete in a wheelbarrow and pour it in individual batches, you run the risk of having varying consistencies between batches and also the chance that the sections will cure separately creating a weak connection point between each batch.
You can also mix your own ready mix into a portable concrete mixer right at your work site. This allows you to mix up larger DIY batches with a more uniform consistency, but can create a problem with pouring the concrete into the forms. Be careful that you don't let concrete accidentally spill on your lawn, landscaping, or other paved areas.