As you know we have been trying to get our yard in for a while and do it under budget. We decided to put in our own concrete curbing, and the result was great! So here is the step-by-step of one section of curbing we did.
First, you prep the area and set the forms. We used bender board and 1x4's for the forms, wood stakes (very cheap) come in a bundle. Place the stakes two feet apart unless when placing them where the bender board is, these areas need more support due to the flexibility.
Next mix your concrete and place in-side the forms.
Next, using a trowel, shape the concrete to expose only the cream. This will make the surface smooth.
You can remove the forms when the concrete is somewhat firm.
Use an edging trowel to shape the expansion joints and edges of the curbing.
This project cost came to $18.00 (just over a dollar a foot).