Sunday, September 2, 2012

DIY Landscaping Curb



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.



Next you may want to put in expansion joints. This is where the concrete will most likely crack when it does expand. Space these points out 4-5 feet using a small trowel, cutting only half way through.

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).





21 comments:

  1. very cool little project and something I have been considering myself for a while Love the total cost callout and great finished product. thanks for sharing.

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  2. Great Idea! we need a lot of curbing!

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  3. this looks so good! i've been looking for something for YEARS so that we can show the curves we added to the flower beds, and this might be it! love it!

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  4. You look like you did a great job. I was wondering... how did you attach the stakes to the benderboard and/or 1x4's? I've got many, many feet to do... looking at grass this year after ten years of living with weeds and new construction. With having to do literally a couple of hundred feet of this, would you recommend the steel stakes, or will the wood ones work equally as well? In any event... thanks for the photos. Best regards.

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    1. Hey did he reply back to you on your question about how to attach? taking a close look at the pictures provided and it looks like he used 1/4 boards and the benderboard for the curves. I would use drywall screws about one inch long and leaving the head of the screw outside the stake. Around the benderboard it will be about the same thing but have to make sure that only the point of the screw makes contact with the board thru the stake.

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    2. Hey did he reply back to you on your question about how to attach? taking a close look at the pictures provided and it looks like he used 1/4 boards and the benderboard for the curves. I would use drywall screws about one inch long and leaving the head of the screw outside the stake. Around the benderboard it will be about the same thing but have to make sure that only the point of the screw makes contact with the board thru the stake.

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  5. I've done this before with my garden, I think it was last year. But I don't put a expansion joint on it. And still, it turned out well.

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  6. my wife s uncle did this in SW FLORIDA AFTER HE GOT IT HALF FULL HE LAYED A PEICE OF 3/8 REBAR IN IT HELD IT TOGETHER VERY WELL

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  7. Awesome. I need to do something like that. I'm assuming the $18 is only for the concrete and not the supplies? What is bender board?

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  8. Seen this done a lot! I'm gonna add concrete dye for a more "natural" look. Trying to figure out a way to stamp it after toweling...?? Any suggestions?

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    1. You could shape it with your hands a bit, make the edges rounder. And they have stamps for concrete now. I'm sure the annual home show would be a good place to find them. Hope this helps.

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    2. I've pressed everything into wet concrete to make impressions, including leaves (get strong ones and put the backside down and rub the leaf veins into the concrete), shells, rubber stamps, and cookie cutters. Anything with a texture you like, including pine needles and cones, and burlap.

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  9. Nice! We did this project for our back yard as a retaining wall for mulch around our jungle gym. Turned out great

    http://thisinsanehouse.blogspot.com/2013/08/diy-concrete-edger-or-retaining-curb.html

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  10. This looks so good! I have been meaning to contact charlotteoutdoordesign.com to help me with my landscaping, I want to try this too and do some DIY projects as well. Thanks!

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  11. I've been thing about doing my own lawn curbing in Utah. But I'm worried that it won't turn out that good. Is it worth paying a professional?

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  12. Wow, got to do something like this in my garden, thanks for your exemplary post.

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  13. Thank you for all your comments...hopefully this spring will bring more projects to post!

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  14. Hey, that looks great! Really sturdy, steady and straight! Great job!

    Regards,
    Helen Guann, Landtech Landscaping

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