Put Your Tax Dollars to Work

With tax refund season rapidly approaching, you might be entitled to a refund!  Have you ever thought of reinvesting it back in towards the equity of your home?

Whether you’re planning on living in your home for the next 20 years, or just another year; Curb Appeal is very important to anyone who drives by.  After all, if your average ‘Joe’ in the neighborhood drives by every day and actually admires your landscaping, then don’t you think that he’ll think that your home is impressive?

Here are a few ideas of what some of our customers have done in the past.  I think you’ll agree that having a manicured and framed landscape can make a huge difference in the appearance of your living domicile  to everyone!

Owners elected to paint the curbs with Driveway Paint, which can be any color that the homeowner chooses! Note: Don't use concrete stain!

Owners elected to paint the curbs with Driveway Paint, which can be any color that the homeowner chooses! Note: Don’t use concrete stain!

Pavers-Driveway Pavers Lawn Flower Curbing Curb on Paver
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Keeps mulch in, while also keeping grass out!

Also keeps your sidewalk and driveway safer by containing the mulch.

Contact us today for your FREE estimate!  Proudly serving most of Central Florida since 1997 – we’ve weathered the storm, and we’re still on top!

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How Much Does Curbing Cost?

One of the first questions that people ask is; “how much do you charge per foot?”  Well, the answer to that question is normally, “Do you know how much footage you have?”  

Even though most curbing companies will come out and give you a free estimate, you still should know an approximate footage that you have before you call, so you can tell if you’ve received a good price.

But how do I do that?

HoseGo get your garden hose.  Your average garden hose at home is usually 25 feet.  Lay it out in the design of your garden bed or in a circle around that tree.  How many times did you have to move it?  Two?  Three?  Well, that tells you approximately how many linear feet you have – more than you thought, huh?  Curbing companies go by the “Linear Foot,” which means that your otherwise straight line – may “curve.”

Most companies work with a minimum, which means that they have to charge you a certain amount – even if you have 25 linear feet, or a thousand; we all must work with a minimum.  Every time they move that trailer or get a crew, it will cost them a certain amount of money.

So, on average (in Central Florida), most companies have a minimum dollar amount to even show up at your house with crew and trailer – let’s say, $450.00 for the sake of this post.  That will get you UP TO their minimum footage (usually 75-100 feet) of curbing.  Anything over that will probably be charged by the linear foot.  However, as I mentioned before, estimates are usually free, so take advantage of a professional in your area.

Now, understand that  all companies are not alike, and prices/minimums may differ.  This is just a “guide” to help you understand the “ball-park” figure, and to know what to expect when hiring a curbing contractor.

It’s better to work with a contractor who has a solid history in Concrete Landscaping Borders.  As in all trades, there is a knowledge and experience necessary to make your curb installation right.  And, our curbing is 4″ x 6″, which is a lot more stable/sturdy that some others out there.  This is a diagram of the most popular “Mower Style” that we offer. It is 4″ x 6″.Mower Style

I also want you to keep in mind that the company has to purchase equipment, tools, trailers, trucks, fuel, uniforms, insurance, concrete, dyes, fiber, employee’s, taxes and so forth.  This is another reason that you should only hire someone who is established in your area.  We can handle the overhead, and do not ask for money in advance (or at least we don’t).  And, we can take all major credit cards, so if you’d like this option, please let us know!

Ask them how long they have been doing business here in Central Florida. Can they show you their actual work, or refer you to another homeowner close by so you can see yourselves?  You want to make sure that you can get help to replace or repair if you need it.   You can’t do that if your selected less experienced contractor is out of business.

Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders has been proudly serving Central Florida for 18 years right here!  Our professionals are available to assist you!  Contact us today at 407-957-9208 for your free estimate.  Visit our Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders, LLC website to learn more!

Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders Payment Options:  Cash, Check and all major credit cards accepted.

Curbing – Top 3 Things to Look For

Today, we were replacing curbs from some ‘other’ curbing company in St. Cloud.  The unfortunate thing about it was that the owners didn’t know what to look for when it came to curbing.  And, the ‘other’ company obviously installed their curbs before a rain-storm hit, so the curbing was badly pitted.  They should have covered the curbs if a storm were pending, not just leave the job site.

However, the damaged and crumbled curbs were picked up by  Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders and transported quickly to the landfill!  After-which, new borders were installed – with color!   I should have the complete pictures for this job tomorrow, which I will share with you.

Curb 17 - NOT Curb Appeal

Anyway, what I’m boiling down to is; do you know what to look for?  Here is an example of what you definitely DON’T want with your borders.

This picture was actually taken in 2003 by someone that hired us.  For the record, these are NOT our borders. Notice how uneven and wavy the top is?  This is just “crap installation” here.  Can you see the difference?

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In this second picture, you see straight lines that are easy to mow around.  For the record, these ARE our borders.

You want your borders to “frame” and complement your landscape – not distract from it.  You don’t want “roller-coaster’ curbs – you want straight, smooth and level curbing.  THAT’s how you frame your landscaping.

And, a big plus (know that the rainy season is upon us); concrete landscaping borders keeps the mulch in – and the grass out!

So; when investigating this avenue for your landscaping; think about the following:

  1. How long have they been in business?
  2. Can they provide customer names for references?
  3. Guarantee’s?  Will they come back for repairs?

You wouldn’t believe how many companies fade in and fade out.  We can proudly say that we’ve been doing Concrete Landscaping Borders in this area for 18 years.  Shouldn’t you go with a successfully locally owned and operated company?  This is the only business we have – full time!  That’s us!

Homework:  You as a homeowner should do due diligence to determine if the company you select will be able to perform the job to your satisfaction; are able to complete repairs if needed; have a solid foundation of customer service; and a fair price.  Research this site to give you prices, curb styles, color options, and how to measure.

Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders has been operating since 1997, with thousands of satisfied customers.  Please contact us today for your FREE estimate!

Proudly serving Central Florida.  Call 407-957-9208.

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Landscape Edging Options

While perusing the internet today, I ran across an article that I found very informative, and I thought I would share it with you!  The article appears on Landscaping Network, and the contributing authors are: Maureen Gilmer, contributing writer for Landscaping Network, author and syndicated columnist Genevieve Schmidt, contributing writer for Landscaping Network and owner of North Coast Gardening.  I’ve linked their web page for your own reference.  They have a lot of great pictures and ideas!

In landscape design, edging presents a transition zone.  In the past a spade cut edge was standard, but today that’s considered high maintenance and unsuitable for a modern yard. Now the divider can be made of a variety of materials, with different longevity and cost. While cost is often the bottom line, there are two practical issues that govern the best choice for your edging: lawn maintenance and curves.

TURF

Edging for lawn bears a certain requirement related to turf grass maintenance. A lawn mower must be able to overhang the edging a few inches for the blade to cut all the grass cleanly. Therefore edging should be low enough to allow the lawn mower to glide past easily. Edging that is too high may still be used, but it excludes edging machines that create a clean, knife edge to the turf.

CURVES

Components of a landscape can be laid out in graceful flowing curves. These curves are created by the constraints of bed depths and setbacks as well as the most efficient alignment for irrigation heads. Edging must conform to these curves, which may often bear diminishing radii. This demands an edging material that can conform to the unique curves created by your designer. Those edgings that come only with pre-established curves require the designer to design this radius into the project in order to match the edging product. For a quality landscape this may prove to be the tail wagging the dog.

Edging Comparison Chart

Use this chart to compare 16 different types of landscape edging. Compare attributes such as cost, visibility, curve options and more. This tool will help you select the right edging for your garden.

Landscape Edging Comparison Chart(PDF)

 1. The Concrete Mow Strip
Poured concrete – This is the industry standard for lawn edging. It is formed up, then concrete is poured in place. The high cost of this option is largely due to labor building the forms which average about 8″ apart. However, this provides many options for your design to turn it into more attractive edge by:
  • Tinting the concrete with earth tones that blend into the garden far better than the ordinary gray.
  • Imprinting a texture into the concrete to match other existing imprinted paving.
  • Pour concrete with special aggregates that allow the contractor to create an exposed-aggregate surface.
  • Applying ceramic, brick veneers or stone tile to the top of a concrete strip as an extension of other built elements in the landscape.
  • Pro Tip: Since the cost of a mow strip is in the labor to build forms, then consider widening it to 12 or even 14 inches. This is enough to turn the mow strip into a convenient paved pathway to access all areas around the lawn. For families it can double as a continuous surface for toys, skates and bikes.

Extruded concrete mow strip

This newer option is also known as continuous- curb. It reduces construction cost without sacrificing the elegant look of a poured in place mow strip. No forms are required. A machine turns wet concrete into a compacted extrusion, or in simple terms, it is fed concrete as it moves down the prepared edge line, leaving behind a compacted ribbon of wet concrete. The concrete can be pre-tinted, and some contractors offer a wide range of faux surface finishes that mimic the look of stone and other high end materials.

  • Pro Tip: Extruded concrete is a great way to make a curb where two levels of ground meet. For example, if the lawn is a few inches higher than the adjacent pavement, an extruded 6″ high curb can be installed like a mini-retaining wall to take up the grade and prevent the lawn draining water and silt onto the pavement.

2. Masonry Unit Edging

A wide range of masonry units are available for creating attractive edges in a landscape. They are attractive and offer a more affordable alternative to poured concrete. The weakness of this system is climates where the ground freezes, or where the soil is highly plastic such as dense clay. The heaving of soil from spring freeze-thaw can easily move the units out of place. Expanding clays during the rainy season can also cause dislocation. Regular battering by lawn care equipment, or very aggressively rooted turf grass can, over time alter the placement of the units. Manufacturers have tried various means to resolve these issues such as:

  • Very heavy units are less likely to be moved out of place.
  • A very deep unit allows the bottom half to be buried underground for anchorage.
  • Units designed to interlock prevents the unions from moving, but it is typically vertical or horizontal stabilization, but rarely both.
  • Units with special anchorage hardware that allows each one to be staked firmly into place.

3. Strip Edging

The most affordable edging is also the most invisible, making this appealing for those who do not like the look of highly visible mow strips. The material is long strips of UV resistant plastic, poly resins, metal and wood staked into place at regular intervals.

Quarter inch redwood “benderboard” was the first of these, long before the advent of concrete mow strips or modern plastics. Over time the thin redwood boards and their anchor stakes would break down from weathering and the continual battering of lawn maintenance equipment. Plastic and resin was designed to solve this problem and they are quite effective, but in very hot dry climates with high UV levels they can break down or become brittle. Metal, typically aluminum tends to be more long lived, but material cost is high.

Strip edging is useful for controlling the edges of gravel fields and pathways where you need a barrier at least three inches above grade. Without edging, gravel tends to travel over time, particularly if it is rounded such as river run or pea gravel. The edges feather out to destroy the original crisp line. The downside is caused by gravel building up against a strip edge, which is not strong enough to bear this weight. Over time the edging will lean and anchor stakes become bent or uprooted to destabilize the edge.

  • Pro Tip: The type of mulch you use in your landscaped beds will have an impact on whether or not you need to use edging. If your landscaped beds are mulched with shredded wood or wood chips, the lawn will grow into it quickly and you’ll need to redefine the edge one to two times per year so the grass doesn’t take over. On the flip side, if you have landscaping fabric, rubber mulch, gravel or other nonbiodegradable mulch, you’ll need some kind of permanent edging to keep these materials out of your lawn.

4. Stone Edging

Stone is a classic, high-end choice for edging and is the most expensive option available. However, stone has uneven edges and so you will usually need to string-trim along the edges of a stone border. You’ll also want to make sure you mortar your stone border in place so no lawn can creep through the barrier.

5. No Edging

Many people prefer the natural, unobtrusive look of having no edging at all. However the problem with having no edging is that it is higher maintenance. Mark Paine of Sposato Landscape in Milton, DE says, “We manually edge with a square point spade at a lot of our jobs. We move quickly, and it’s a very clean look.”

Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders installs a continuous concrete border to enhance your landscaping designs.  Call us today for your free estimate; and as always, please feel free to visit our website to view our work and suggestions that may help you discover your own unique design.

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