Have you recovered from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays? While the magic of the Christmas season is definitely a festive time, it can also be a bit exhausting. Now that spring and summer are on the way, you are probably anticipating a new kind of fun. Outdoor life is right around the corner, so now is a good time for you to be planning your outdoor landscaping. If you want to establish a garden that could be in a decorating or landscaping magazine, here are some ideas.
Think of dividing your garden into different planting areas. To do that, you'll need the following items:
- ready mix concrete
- a wheelbarrow
- a hoe or a shovel
Choose The Focal Point - Design your garden first, choosing one section to be the focal point. Prepare your ready mix concrete a bit ahead of time, following the directions on the container. Don't do it too far ahead of time, though, because it may harden too quickly. Select an item, say a tree or a fountain, to place in the center of the section you are designing and surround it with a concrete border that you can actually mold by hand. Of course, you'll want to use heavy gloves for this part of your work.
Create A Children's Area - If there is enough space, section a portion of the garden for your children or grandchildren to enjoy. Pour the ready mix concrete for the floor and add some whimsy by letting the kids make footprints and handprints right in the soft ready mix. Don't forget to include a date in the design. Now add a small table and chairs so the children can have picnics and tea parties in their own little section of your pretty garden.
Make Your Own Ready Mix Concrete Creations - Enhance your garden with creations you make yourself out of the same ready mix concrete you used for the border and the ground of the children's area. This time you'll need molds. This can be as simple as using pie tins, fancy cake pans or even children's beach toys. You can buy a concrete mold release product so you can easily get the pieces out of the molds. However, you can even use the cooking spray that you probably already have in your kitchen cupboard. When the items are totally hard, use them as stepping stones or simply to bring some drama to the plants you've selected for the garden.
Ready mix concrete, like that from New Interstate Concrete, is very affordable and it will last for a very long time. In addition, it's super easy to care for. Just spray it with your garden hose and you're good to go.