Landscaping Your Back Yard? 4 Projects That Prove Cement Is Your Best Friend

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When it comes to creating a breathtaking backyard, you can't go wrong with concrete. A versatile, durable material, concrete can be used for just about any outdoor project, from decorative items to retaining walls and more. In addition to small DIY concrete projects, you can take your yard to the next level by hiring a concrete contractor for the tough jobs. Following are four categories of projects that prove cement is your best friend when you're redoing your backyard. 

Small Items and Molded Garden Decor

Concrete is ideal for molded garden projects and small garden decor. All you need is a bag of concrete mixed to the appropriate consistency and your desired mold. Examples of projects completed with molded concrete include garden gnomes, flower pots, bird baths, paving stones and more. You can also get creative with the type of mold you use. For example, you can use a leaf or other natural materials to add shape and texture to your pieces. The only limitation is your imagination.  

Cement Furniture and Surfaces

Benches, end tables, counters -- virtually any solid surface can be created using concrete. If you have an outdoor kitchen, think about installing concrete counters. You may have to seal them, but they will stay beautiful for years to come. If you need extra seating in your garden, add a bench. If you're in the market for outdoor furniture, think about making your own using concrete. 

Berms and Retaining Walls

If you want a smart-looking landscape, use concrete berms for your flowerbeds and on the edges of your walkways. Concrete is also great for creating retaining walls and/or a terrace garden. Concrete helps you make the most of your outdoor space by allowing you to maximize your usable space. This is especially true if you have a sloped yard. These types of jobs are a little more difficult to do, so you'll probably want to hire a professional. 

Patios and Seating Areas

If you wish to install a patio on the back of your house or a seating area in your flower garden, you can do so with a slab of concrete. A concrete slab is both great looking and inexpensive. What's more, if you want to add a little design or texture, you can stain it. 

The number of projects you can do using concrete is limitless. For more ideas about how concrete can transform your backyard, talk to a concrete expert like Unit Step Company. You can also find inspiration online. 

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1 May 2017

Use Concrete as a Form of Art

Concrete doesn't have to be boring. In fact it can be absolutely beautiful. My name is Andrea Reese, and I am an artist as well as an avid gardener. I enjoy sculpting and decided to try to combine my two passions to create an incredible backyard oasis. The results are incredible. In this blog, I'll show you how I learned to make small sculptures and etchings in walkways to turn what used to be ordinary concrete into something amazing that adds tremendous artistic flair to the beauty of my garden. You can make visitors to your backyard think they've stepped into a fairy land. I can show you how.