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Want To Add Curbing To Your Yard? 3 Questions You Might Have

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If you're looking for inexpensive ways to change the appearance of your yard, you might want to consider curbing. Not sure what curbing is? It's the decorative concrete work that's placed in your yard. Curbing has a variety of purposes, including drainage and walkways. It can also be used to divide one section of your yard from another. The great thing about curbing is that it's easy to install. In fact, you can do it yourself. Before you decide on curbing, here are three questions you might want answered. 

Does Curbing Need Maintenance?

Like any type of concrete, it will require some maintenance. When you install your curbing, you should seal it with a waterproof sealant. This will protect your concrete from moisture damage. You'll need to add a new coat of sealant about once a year.

Concrete can also develop a white film, which is called efflorescence. While the efflorescence won't harm your concrete, it can make it look unattractive. You can remove the efflorescence by using a vinegar and water solution.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Garden sprayer

  • Water

  • 2 cups of vinegar

  • Scrub brush

  • Garden hose

Directions

  1. Fill your garden sprayer with water and add 2 cups of vinegar.

  2. Spray the surface of your concrete with the solution and allow it to sit for a few minutes.

  3. Scrub the solution with a scrub brush to remove the efflorescence.

  4. Rinse the area with a garden hose.

  5. Repeat the process whenever efflorescence reappears.

Can Color Be Added to the Concrete?

If you don't want ordinary concrete in your yard, you can add a bit of color to it. Concrete pigment comes in a variety of colors and can be purchased at any home improvement store. Simply mix your concrete according to the package directions and add the pigment color of your choosing.

Is It Tough Enough to Walk On?

If you have kids, you might be concerned about how durable the concrete curbing is. This is particularly true if your kids like to walk on curbs. While the concrete is still drying, you'll need to stay away from it. However, once the concrete has dried, you'll be able to walk on it without causing damage.

Concrete curbing is a great way to change up the look of your yard. Whether you want to block off a garden or you want to create decorative walkways throughout your yard, curbing is the perfect way to obtain your desired effects. For more information, talk to the professionals at Northern Asphalt LLC.

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17 April 2015