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
curb1 Curb 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Give us a call – just ask for Scott.

407-957-9208

407-957-9208Kangaroo

Advertisements

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.

10 Ways to Landscape for Maximum Curb Appeal

Don’t let bad landscaping ruin your curb appeal. These ten tips will help you get your landscaping gorgeous.

There are a million and one ways to add curb appeal, but your home’s landscaping is one of the most important.

Home sale price data shows that you’ll get double your investment back on landscapingwhen you’re trying to sell your home. But it doesn’t take a scientist to see that a drab lawn and an overgrown tree can ruin even the most beautiful home’s mojo.

Don’t let bad landscaping ruin your home’s appearance. These 10 tips will help you get your landscaping gorgeous and maximize your curb appeal so you can sell your home for what it’s really worth, or just enjoy a lovely home year round.

1.  Play to Your Strengths

Don’t plant haphazardly. Take a look at the colors of your home, and choose plantings that make those colors pop.

Gelotte Hommas - curb appealPhoto courtesy of Gelotte Hommas

2. Add Some Color

If you can’t find plants that tie in with the colors of your home’s exterior, then place large-scale glazed planters that pick out the same tones and make even mismatched plantings look intentional.

GroupArchitect - curb appealPhoto courtesy of Grouparchitect

3. Lead the Way

Curb appeal starts at the curb, so make sure the path to your door is clearly defined. Decorative urns or colorful border plantings are two high-impact ways to do the job.

Edmund D. Hollander Landscape Architect Design - curb appealPhoto courtesy of Edmund D. Hollander Architect Landscape Design

4. Make it Shine

Landscaping features such as paths, walls, and other hardscaping get dirty over time, making the home’s whole exterior look dingy and dark. Make sure to have your landscaped features professionally pressure-washed, so they can shine.

Phil Kean Designs - curb appealPhoto courtesy of Phil Kean Designs

5. Tailor Border Plantings

Large, scraggly, or random-looking plants can overwhelm new eyes and obscure features of your home that you should be playing up. Make sure your border plantings are tidy, grouped by color, and just large enough to cover up foundations and external vents, without covering windows or impinging on paths.

Ag-Trac Enterprises - curb appeal 1Photo courtesy of Ag-Trac Enterprises LC

6. Brighten House Numbers

Small details like your house numbers can make a big difference in the overall effect of your landscaping and curb appeal. Replace or paint house numbers so they pop–you could even coordinate them with your door color or the accent color you’ve chosen for your landscape plantings.

Darren Patt Construction - curb appealPhoto courtesy of Darren Patt Construction

8. Trim Trees

Cutting down trees is one landscaping rule of thumb that’s no longer completely necessary. Trees can add charm and character, particularly in rustic-styled properties–just make sure trees are trimmed to complement the house’s best qualities. Light and sightlines should be able to reach the house easily.

Seaside Construction - curb appealPhoto courtesy of Seaside Construction

9. Light the Path

If you haven’t invested in landscape lighting, consider it: it can seriously boost your curb appeal. Lighting under steps, on path borders, and trained on trees and water features will allow your landscaping’s best features to shine even on gloomy days.

Advanced Renovations, Inc. - curb appealPhoto courtesy of Advanced Renovations, Inc.

10. Create a Soft Landing

Draw buyers and visitors in by softening the transition between your home and the street. Potted plantings on a porch, green wreaths on the door, and a path that meanders through your landscape instead of going straight to the door are three great tricks to try.

Wentworth IncPhoto courtesy of Wentworth, Inc.

 Top Image Credit: Darren Patt Construction

 

Interested?  Contact Curb Appeal, Concrete Landscaping Borders for your FREE Estimate today!

407-957-9208

407-957-9208

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.

407-957-9208

407-957-9208

Three Important Things to Know When Hiring a Curbing Contractor

I enjoy the aspect of showing people what they should know when it comes to adding curbs into their landscape design.

One of the most important things that you, as a homeowner can do to avoid costly mistakes is to prepare yourself!  What I mean is; do you homework.  Try to understand the language that a contractor might throw at you to make themselves sound good, and most importantly, know what questions you most definitely should ask!

  1. Company Reputation:  How long have they been in business?  The ideal situation is to use a company and operator that have been established for over five years.  Ask for pictures of their own work (not those generated by another company for advertising), as well as addresses of their past clients so that you can look at their finished project.  Should something go wrong and you need repairs – you want a company that is established and can come back.  Not a fly-by-night company selling the product cheap.  Can they supply actual customer references?  Remember.  Curbs are durable and permanent.
  2. Guarantee:  Do they guarantee their workmanship and product?  It’s one thing if a tree falls on your curb and breaks it, because that is not the fault of the company. However, if the border crumbles to the touch after it is installed, then you want a company that stands behind their work; come back, remove it and replace it at no cost to you!
  3. Detail:  Finally, look at BOTH of the photographs shown below.  Which would you choose?  You want borders to enhance your lawn/landscape.  Not distract from it.

For more information on borders, please visit our website at http://www.curbappealborders.com.

Look closely. Are the lines straight? Is there a dip between the driveway and the grass? No, it looks pretty good, huh? These are curbs done by Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders.

Curb 17 - NOT Curb Appeal

Now these, on the other hand, is what you DON’T want. Notice how up and down the curbs are? We call them roller-coasters. These are definitely NOT our curbs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

When you think about your landscaping..,

…curbing probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind. But one of the secrets to a good landscaping plan is the use of effective landscaping curbing. It’s exactly what it sounds like: the concrete curb around your landscaping.

The benefits are that it keeps your landscaping or garden in line, and helps keep weeds out of the area. It also protects your plants from lawn mowers or weed whackers much more than the plastic edging that is commonly used. It may be tough to predict what the cost to install landscape curbing will cost as compared to the rest of your landscaping project, but we’ll try to make it easier.  Please refer to this link to learn more about pricing.

Your first step should be to contact a reputable professional, like Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders, who can help you decide what will work best for your home and who can shed more light on what it will cost for your specific needs. Once you’ve talked to a pro, then a couple of factors will impact the cost to install landscape curbing.

Size

The size of your garden or landscaping will certainly affect the cost to install landscape curbing. The bigger the space that needs to be covered, then the more materials it will take and the longer the professional will be working.

The most common material for this type of project is concrete. The cost to install landscape curbing is also the most affordable with standard concrete. The price will rise if you opt for colored or stamped concrete, but Curb Appeal Concrete Borders does not install stamped product, so you’re ahead of the game right there. If you decide on any other material, like brick, then the cost to install landscape curbing will be higher. Keep in mind that adding color to your concrete will cost more than standard concrete, but will mimic the look of an even more expensive material.

Custom Designs

If you opt to design something custom for your landscaping, with the color and material or with the shape, then it will be more expensive. The cost to install landscape curbing will increase the more customized you get, but it will also perfectly enhance your garden or landscaping. Professionals will be able to match the curbing to your design perfectly if you choose, and will have the machines to make the edging in rounded curves or straight lines.

Overall, the cost to install landscape curbing will depend on your outdoor design and how complicated it is. Just make sure to talk to at least three professionals, and ask for references to find someone who can match your design sense and who you can trust.  Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders, LLC, has been successfully operating in Central Florida for over 18 years!

To learn more, visit our website at www.curbappealborders.com

407-957-9208

407-957-9208

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