Turning Awkward Outdoor Space into Your Own Private Grotto: Miniature Patios and Paths

Front PorchWhile we at All About Curb are just that, it’s our mission to help homeowners improve general curb appeal by working with concrete in many forms. Whether you’re interested in placing your home on the market or are focused on feathering your nest for the foreseeable future, curb appeal boosts the equity of your property. Today, we’ll talk about how dedicated seating areas can focus your landscaping concept, and how we can help.

No Stranger to the Patio

Most of us are familiar with the patio model that directly abuts the primary dwelling. Whether as an unadorned concrete slab or decorated in a mosaic style, this seems to be the most common location for the al fresco living space. We can’t fault that logic, but there’s something charming about a seating area removed from the bustle, surrounded by flowering shrubs and carefully arranged planting beds. Plus, poured concrete is our specialty and renders the traditionally more ambitious designs a snap.

The Beguiling Glimpse

Because many tend to imagine useful outdoor living spaces as more extensive, they might automatically dismiss creating seating areas in narrower or oddly shaped portions of their property. But the truth is, these can be quickly transformed into grottos, avenues or shade-dappled arcades, depending on the situation of your property. With only a few minor improvements, you can create your favorite sitting area for the spring, summer, and autumn from a little-used portion of your property.

Our concrete landscape curbing provides excellent boundaries for planting beds that won’t rust, deteriorate, or fracture under the pressure of the elements. You can choose a variety of tints that help draw the eyes of onlookers in the direction you want or that provide creative structure to your garden design. We offer imprints that give the impression of brick or fieldstone.

House DrivewayIf you have a smaller property or the area you want to utilize is too diminutive for a full-sized patio, the private seating patio is perfect for you. Just as with the full-sized varieties, we will pour, tint or impress the concrete to your specifications, creating a secluded retreat for reading or relaxing. Our talented design team at All About Curb will work with you to craft your concept and render it a reality.

Winter in Salt Lake and Utah counties is often the best time to set in motion the big plans we have for spring. That way, the drafting, and decision-making are done, and work can begin immediately once the weather warms. If you have curb appeal dreams you’d like to make realities, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation. It’s our pleasure to be of service.

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Out with the Old, But What’s New?: Replacing Aging Concrete Surfaces

Curbing Around Flower BedThe summer is moving towards autumn, and many homeowners in Utah are winding down from a season of outdoor fun and celebration. Now is the time for relaxation and putting ideas for renovation into motion. Curb appeal is one of the primary factors of a home’s value. However, it isn’t always about adding something new or unexpected to your outdoor landscape. Today, we’ll explore keeping the form of your gardens and exterior living space while reinvigorating it with better materials.

Old Concrete

We’re all familiar with that sign of nature’s perseverance—the wildflower pushing up through the cracks in a sidewalk. While many will either leave it to grow or extricate it for aesthetic reasons, fissured walks and driveways represent some serious structural concerns and safety hazards. Water is a powerful force that makes canyons of mountains and shifts billions of tons of sediment across the face of the continent. Once it finds a way to work under and through your existing concrete, seemingly solid surfaces become unstable. You may see uplift or erosion in walkways or driveways, which can cause problems ranging from a nasty fall to potholes large enough to damage your car.

Now is the time to have cracked and uneven pathways removed, while the warm and beautiful weather is still with us. But what will you put in its place? Will you opt for a new walkway in an unchanged color and texture? We at All About Curb know that sometimes, consistency is the most comforting feature of your outdoor design. What won’t be consistent is quality. Our concrete is simply superior to that used in the past because it contains a unique admixture that will prevent salt efflorescence and moisture intrusion into the fabric of your walkway.

Flexible With Impressions

Square CurbingIf you’re ready to have a new driveway poured, why not add a flourish of elegance? We see it in many of the affluent neighborhoods. It lends a sense of gracious boundaries and can even give a property a more settled feeling to the browsing eye of the home buyer. This mystery feature isn’t mysterious at all, simply a tinted concrete apron where your driveway meets the street, often with the impression of bricks, slates, cobbles or a mosaic design. Our expert craftspeople can help you decide which pattern and color best suits your needs and style.

We’ve long been a part of the communities in Salt Lake and Utah counties, helping families build the beautiful ambiance they desire. If you’re ready to install a new walkway or driveway, give us a call at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation.  It’s our privilege to assist you.

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Garden Paradise: Concrete Planters and Ornamental Trees

Spring is one of the two times of year considered ideal to plant ornamental trees in your garden. Beyond the benefits and beauty of trees indigenous to your region, ornamentals offer a spectacular blooming period, often followed by attractive foliage during the summer and autumn months. However, they almost always require special care, especially if you live in an arid or semi-arid environment. If you’re interested in enlivening your home’s curb appeal with ornamental trees or large shrubs, we’ll discuss some of the ways you can protect your investment with concrete.

Raised Tree Planters

While landscapers are cautious about regarding existing landscapes, especially when it comes to creating tree wells or raised beds, concrete planters easily avoid this issue. Unlike projects that work with the level of the land and alter it to meet aesthetic designs, our team at All About Curb can integrate spacious planting containers into a patio or pathway design. Because we take into account features of the landscape such as grade and drainage potential when designing a patio or path, curb or planting bed, a concrete tree planter presents no practical challenges.

But what aesthetic benefits do raised tree planters offer? In the case of ornamental trees or large shrubs, these containers can be placed anywhere. Ring your beautiful new patio with Japanese Maples or Vitex trees to create a beautiful, shady ambiance. Conversely, they can be placed anywhere on your property, allowing you to create a garden concept that is unique to your home. Our concrete expertise will also allow you to customize color and patterned impressions of this supremely durable material, so you can look forward to many years of trouble-free, beautiful design.

Healthy Trees

Raised concrete planters also allow you to tailor the soil content and irrigation options. Many ornamentals need special care, especially if they aren’t accustomed to our climate here in Utah. Unlike working with the land directly, you can calibrate the soil composition and provide more or less drainage for your ornamentals, depending on their needs.

Additionally, in the event of trouble with your trees, assessing the source of the problem is far simpler. Because of the completely open nature of in-ground plantings, issues may arise from contaminated runoff, fungal vectors or insect infestations, and poor nutrient retention. Assessment and treatment of issues with ornamental trees in their own semi-contained raised planters reduces the scope of issues you must consider, and you can treat the problem more directly.

If you’re ready to craft your beautiful new garden concept, call us at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation.  We are proud to have served the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties for all their concrete needs. At All About Curb, concrete isn’t just about structure; it’s also about beauty.

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Putting the Garden to Bed

The Importance of Implementing Structure Before Winter

Stamped CurbingDesign elements in landscaping are almost as subject to fads and features that reflect the tastes of the moment. However, there are elements that speak of timeless good taste, balance, and a tradition of proportion. One of these elements is permanent garden pathways. As we move from summer into the cooler weather of autumn, gardeners know that it’s a time to put finishing touches on long-term projects. Autumn is a season made for completing, harvesting, laying to rest the ideas and inspirations of the warmer months in preparation for the sleep of winter.

Your Very Own Primrose Path

While there are a number of materials that are easily sourced as you plan your pathways, concrete has the most advantages. As opposed to metal or vinyl edging that can contain loose river or sea pebbles, sand or bark chips, concrete doesn’t rust or deteriorate in the elements. Concrete is also a stable matrix. How many of you have put your gardens to bed with neatly shored up mulch only to find that the winter has commuted your landscape material elsewhere?

At All About Curb, we know the struggle is real. Our dedicated team of experts will assist you in designing and implementing a pathway or network of paths that works best for your property. Plus, we use a special concrete mixture that has both greater elasticity and water resistance. It’ll take whatever the Utah winter has to offer and emerge shining as if it were brand new.

Why Pour Concrete Now?

FlatworkWhile our mix is a cut above the rest, environmental factors do play a role in how well it hardens, how quickly it dries, and its ability to remain impervious to moisture and efflorescence. Late summer and early autumn offer ideal warmth and humidity conditions to ensure that your paths, patios, and garden bed edging are fit to stand firm against the test of time. Plus, if you work with us now, you’ll still have time to attend to all the garden bedtime tasks that the upcoming winter requires.

We are so pleased to be a part of the communities in Salt Lake and Utah counties, and feel that it’s a privilege to work with homeowners to realize their landscape and home improvement dreams. If you feel that your garden needs a bit of shaping up before the turn of the season, call All About Curb at 801-369-4423. Our friendly team is ready to cheerfully assist you in any concrete need.

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An Ounce of Prevention: A Recap on Efflorescence

In our last article about efflorescence and concrete, we focused on what causes this phenomenon, what it is, and the mediums in which it occurs. While this buildup of salts in masonry products is a well-known occurrence and has been treated with pH basic solutions in the past, there are new ways to control it. At All About Curb, we believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the labor involved in scrubbing, too.

Efflorescence, A Quick Recap

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This phenomenon is the buildup of various salts within the fabric or structure of man-made masonry products—bricks, terracotta, and, of course, concrete. It occurs because salts are chemically soluble in water—groundwater, runoff, and precipitation in this case. Man-made masonry building materials are permeable, with plenty of voids through which water saturated with these salts can travel. The water evaporates, but leaves the salt crystals behind, and over time, they grow. Salts will then appear on the surface of the material, and must be removed through scrubbing and pressure spraying.

Prevention, EFC Plus, and the Environment

All About Curb uses an admixture called EFC Plus to curtail the accumulation of salts within the structure of the concrete. Efflorescence doesn’t simply damage the surface of concrete, it can cause cracks to form, crumbling and flaking of the concrete, and other unsightly damage. EFC Plus makes the concrete that goes into your patio or garden edging less permeable to water, more elastic, and seals out salts. But why go to the trouble of mixing special concrete?

While concrete is relatively simple to produce and pour, it can become costly to demolish and re-pour sections of patio or landscape curbing repeatedly. While efflorescence can be scrubbed away, temporarily, that doesn’t undo the damage the salt crystals caused on the structure of the curb or patio. Nor does it preclude it from happening again. With EFC Plus, All About Curb is ensuring that your concrete will last longer and remain beautiful for many seasons to come.

EFC Plus is especially important in a region such as Utah, which has a seasonally variable climate. This can cause cracked concrete or that which is damaged by efflorescence to buckle or flake in an unsightly and potentially unsafe way. Because EFC Plus renders the concrete water resistant and more resilient to flexion of earth beneath or against the concrete surface, this won’t occur. All About Curb is proud to serve the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties. Our team of experts works hard to provide excellent concrete surfaces and edging to beautify your home, along with expert knowledge and fast, friendly service.  Please contact us for more information, 801-369-4423

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Summer Fun on the Patio

Flat workSummer is the season for spending time outdoors, entertaining family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of your surroundings. However, many homes aren’t necessarily equipped with the essential foundations for family barbecues or al fresco dinner parties. A sound patio or floor for a covered porch area are the biggest oversights that may put a cramp in your summer entertainment plans. However, this is an easy remedy, especially when it comes to installing a professional, durable concrete entertainment space.

A Sound Basis for Fun

If you’re in the market for something that is an expression of your personality as well as a durable outdoor surface, there’s no need to go to the expense and trouble of laying flagstones or bricks. While the look of these is lovely, they have their own maintenance worries that may make them more trouble than fun in the future. Cracking of the grout or the stones, uneven settling leading to structural issues, and special maintenance are key things to consider when thinking about such building materials.

All About Curb’s professional team of experts uses a specially formulated concrete mixture that ensures durability over the seasons. We mix, pour, and finish a patio surface or concrete base that will serve admirably as the foundation for a covered porch area. While many masonry and stone surfaces may buckle, sink, or develop cracks due to seasonal flexion, their concrete is formulated for a greater level of plasticity and density. This prevents damage caused by water infiltration or salt efflorescence.

Stamped or Stained

Flat WorkIf you’d like the look of bricks or flags, All About Curb offers a special design service that can accommodate your needs. Our stamped patterns achieve a high level of realism and offer the look and feel of beautiful herringbone brick or rustic flagstone. As well, unlike other masonry and stone materials, your new concrete patio can be stained in a wide variety of colors to suit your tastes and fashions.

We are proud to serve the communities of Salt Lake and Utah counties, and proud to consider ourselves a part of those neighborhoods. If you’re ready to see how we can help to beautify and enliven your outdoor entertainment space this summer, don’t delay. Call us today at 801-369-4423 for a consultation with our friendly concrete specialists.

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Variety and Durability of Concrete Landscape Curbing

Stamped CurbingWhile unbroken lawns are still fashionable and even feasible in some parts of the country, during the hot weather in Utah, it’s not always possible. Many homeowners have turned to the tasteful, economical, and eco-friendly concept of planted islands that often incorporate the beautiful indigenous or hardy plants imported from similar climates. This cuts down on labor, water usage, and worrisome pest or climate-related depredations. However, those islands do need to be contained.


The Best Landscape Edging

If you’ve chosen to employ this time and money-saving method for keeping your property beautiful, chances are you’ve shopped around for an appropriate way to contain and define your islands, pathways, and organized plantings. There are a variety of materials available, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Vinyl and metal edging is thin, generally unobtrusive, and can be durable when properly cared for. Masonry and stone units are also available.

However, in the case of the former, rusting, bending, and deterioration are a concern in the long run. With discrete units, you will need to maintain your borders, replacing broken or deteriorated tiles immediately to prevent loss of topsoil, mulch, or the incursion of weeds. The best landscape edging in Utah is a poured concrete border. It incorporates the benefits of all the other types of edging materials, without the drawbacks of each.

How It Works for You

Landscape curbing offers homeowners many benefits. It certainly increases curb appeal, since you can elect to evoke a certain look. Many homeowners like the variety offered by stamped and colored curbing, which mimics stone, brick, or simply adds a striking color to landscaping. The permanence and easy maintenance of this material will also add monetary value to your property, which is a bonus, even if you plan to stay in your home for years to come.

Concrete PatioWith extreme temperatures and swings in the amount of moisture in the soil and air, many materials flex, crack, or disintegrate. Especially when it comes to masonry and decorative stone, this is a concern. Concrete edging has no such weakness. When appropriately poured by a team of consonant specialists, it will remain stable, level, and unblemished for many seasons. This brings a settled, purposeful shape to your landscaping that’s far easier to install and maintain than other popular materials.

At All About Curb, we make it our business to be the best, and are proud to be a part of the communities in Salt Lake and Utah Counties. Show your garden a little love this season and contact us at 801-369-4423 for a free consultation.

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Terraced Botanical Patios: A Lasting Aesthetic

Concrete PatioEffective landscape design is a balance of utility and durability with aesthetic appeal. One of the most recent developments in adding beauty and function to many spaces, inside or outside the home, is creative use of concrete. While concrete curbing has gained a great deal of attention for its functional flexibility, there are a variety of other ways in which this highly sustainable, versatile material can be utilized to increase the value and appeal of homes in Utah—from driveways to stamped concrete pads. Below, we’ll explore several interesting applications for Utah curbing, many of which are perfect warm weather home improvement projects.

Variations on a Theme

Curbing in Utah has shown its usefulness when homeowners want to create divisions in landscape themes, separate beds from one another, or even create pathways through existing landscaping. The wonder of concrete curbing is that it can be stamped and colored to resemble a variety of materials and applied in both modern and traditional landscape designs with equal ease. With seasonally arid conditions, colored concrete can also maintain an impression of lushness during dry spells or seasons.

But colored concrete is also a wonderful way to make a great impression with guests in other ways. A stamped concrete patio featuring a unique design—from repeating slate patterns to centrally themed images—is a joy for the homeowner and something to be admired by guests. The advantage of stamped concrete over other materials is in its durability and longevity, and requires no grouting.

Popular Patio Design

One very popular design theme that employs both patios and landscaped beds is based on the agricultural terraces employed in Asia and South America. Human communities have utilized this technique to maximize arable land in steep locations for millennia, and now you can bring it home to maximize usable entertainment space in a garden with a slope. A series of small, stamped concrete patios is merged with islands of cultivated plants. These are connected with one or two shallow steps for ease of access between levels and seamlessly incorporate landscape curbing with patio surfaces. The number and arrangement of these interspersed plots is a matter of overall space and desires of the homeowner.

Contact the Experts

Stamped ConcreteA well-laid and expertly executed concrete project is key to the material’s longevity. All About Curb is a company that serves of Salt Lake and Utah Counties with dedication and excellence. When it comes to adding curb appeal with stamped concrete in Utah, we bring all our expertise to bear on the situation. If you know your garden is in need of a bit of a refresher when it comes to design, call us today to arrange a consultation at 801-369-4423. We are ready to help redesign or redefine your outdoor space today.

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Bringing a Garden Together: Landscape Curbing

1012521_601369506582070_1762608819_nSpring is in the air and homeowners across the great state of Utah are putting garden plans into practice. Whether individuals want a striking way to edge landscaped beds or desire a well-defined path, concrete edging is an excellent solution. There are many benefits to landscape curbing, as well as elsewhere, which will be discussed below in greater detail.

A Garden That Brings Value

A tastefully designed and practically implemented garden increases the property value of any homestead. But in addition to curb appeal, it adds years of enjoyment to anyone with designs on remaining in their residence for the foreseeable future. Individuals who enjoy designing an outdoor space with charm and cohesion will attest to the need for multiple elements–beds of different plants with pathways that lead beguilingly between.

Edging of a variety of materials has always been called for here. Metal, vinyl, stone, and masonry of many varieties can, of course, be installed. However, they possess several key weaknesses. First, any metal or vinyl edging will degrade with exposure to the elements–breakage and bending are not uncommon, though many varieties are very durable. Masonry and stone are installed in segments, which may break, shift, or become damaged over the seasons.

With All About Curb on the job, homeowners can rest easy. The curbing is poured to order, and, because it lacks joints, will never become dislodged. As well, concrete is exceptionally well suited to enduring the shifting elements of a dynamic climate, to which those who make their home in Salt Lake or Utah county area can readily attest. The dedicated experts at All About Curb have seen it all. They are equipped to create the perfect concrete landscape that will put a shape on your garden, increase its value, and multiply your enjoyment for many years to come.

Invaluable Versatility

Stamped curbing around bushesNot only is landscape curbing the latest touch on the best gardens in the region, stamped and colored curbing also provides an array of options. We can implement a design created by the happy gardener that mimics natural and masonry edging in color and texture, or is tinted to accent the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Whether the need is to define a gently curving path or reign in the bounty of cultivation and provide structure to bedding designs, All About Curb has the tools and the expertise to execute any plan.

Call us to arrange a consultation at 801-369-4423. We are proud to be a part of the Salt Lake and Utah county communities. It’s our pleasure to help your home or property begin spring on the right foot with perfectly crafted landscape curbing.

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Why You Should Start the Season with Beautiful Concrete Landscape Curbing

Homeowners in Utah can be justly smug about where they live. The state is primarily comprised of mountainous, rugged terrain and changeable weather to match, but with some of the most breathtaking landscapes and beautifully preserved natural resources in the nation, the variation of seasonal weather is the icing on the cake. Durable, eco-friendly landscaping takes pride of place in Utah yards, with concrete edging being one of the smartest trends to appear. For those investigating the benefits this technique offers and why it makes sense to invest in landscape curbing in Utah, continue reading.

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Facts About Concrete Edging

Garden design involves the expert balance of form, color, and plant selection. It’s a balancing act that invites the senses of those who visit a space to venture inward. Many landscape architects and individuals who passionately love garden spaces evoke this balance by creating defined areas for plantings, garden paths, and even ponds. Edging has always been a part of separating these different textures, to retain mulch or gravel and to give a sense of boundaries. However, while there are many different materials from which to make edging—plastic, metal, fieldstone, brick—each of these types of material have drawbacks in terms of suitability for particular applications, longevity of materials, and limitations related to function.

Poured concrete barriers are a single, continuous piece. They offer superior buffering from the depredations of edging and mowing equipment for delicate botanicals, are incredibly durable and withstand seasonal variations in weather and precipitation for years, and can be mixed to meet the needs of your project on site. When compared to other top-of-the-line edging materials, concrete outperforms them in many ways. Plus, it’s ideal for a number of landscaping applications.

Where Can It Be Used?

Landscape curbing in Utah serves a variety of purposes. Tiered planting beds, which soften inclines into useable garden space, are one way poured concrete barriers enable homeowners to enjoy their outdoor resources. Even on more level terrain, creating an attractive visual barrier between two types of plantings is ideal. Plus, with many hardy weed species in the region, concrete barriers tend to discourage the migration of unwanted species from bed to bed, giving the gardener the upper hand.Stamped curbing around a garden

If a path is desired, concrete edging is an excellent way to retain looser pathway materials, such as chipped bark, sand, and pebbles. The materials often migrate under pressure from precipitation. Even ice can have a moving effect on unsecured coverings, leading to loss of mulch or stones over time. Not to mention that concrete barriers look excellent. The clean, seamless lines of the curbing.

Quality and Home Value

Concrete edging in gardens adds curb appeal—no pun intended. Utilizing its durable, completely customizable look allows any homeowner to transform a perfectly nice yard into something a little bit special. It presents a finished, upscale appearance and enhances the appeal of your property, even to the casual eye. Whether a symmetrical and classic European approach has been affected or a more free-flowing Wabi Sabi approach, with the curving organic forms of a Zen garden—landscape curbs in Utah are up to the task in ways no other edging quite manages.

Of course, the product is only as good as the craftsmen who create it. Homeowners should make a point to contract with the local experts, whose pride and art is creating concrete edging in Utah for Utah landscapes. Spring is just around the corner. One way to greet the new vigor of this growing season is by providing a perfect setting—beautiful landscape edging and bed designs suited to the specific demands of the garden contours. Call 801-369-4423 today to schedule an initial consultation with a friendly, dedicated team of experts.

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