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!

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Keeps mulch in, while also keeping grass out!

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

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10 Money-Saving Tips for Landscaping

10 Money-Saving Tips for Landscaping

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A yard with a beautiful landscape is one of the few home investments with a value that increases over the years. Buyers love mature plants and trees, so giving your yard some love even if you’re not planning on selling for a few years is a smart way to go. What’s even smarter? Employing these money-saving tips:

1. Free mulch.
Many municipalities recycle the yard waste they pick up curbside throughout the year into mulch, which is then made available to residents for free or a very low price. Surrounding your shrubs and trees with a layer of the stuff not only makes them stand out visually, it also helps conserve moisture and stave off bugs.

2. Don’t Buy Screens.

Instead of buying the weed screening to keep weeds from growing, try newspapers under the mulch.  It will last two years, and then it will be time to replace the mulch anyway!

3. Look to the list.
Craigslist’s “farm and garden” section can be a treasure trove of outdoor planters, border stones and even “used” trees and shrubs. Check here first before heading to the nursery.

4. Go big with your neighbors.
Bedding plants are often less expensive when you buy them in bulk.

5. Compost.
Instead of buying bags of fertilizer, generate your own black gold for gardens by composting your kitchen waste. It’s not as hard – or smelly – as you’d think.

6. Chat with a master.
Master gardeners often hold free Q&A sessions at garden centers or local libraries. Before investing in new plants, seeds or shrubs, check with an expert to find which options will thrive without expensive maintenance.

7. Rein it in.
Trim back any trees, shrubs or vines that hide or overwhelm your windows, porch or patio. Sometimes the most effective landscaping upgrade can come from removing greenery, not adding it.

8. Pull your weeds.
It’s the outdoor equivalent of de-cluttering your home, an inexpensive way to boost your yard’s visual appeal.

9. Powerwash fences and patios.
It can take years off your fence and patio in just minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much brighter they’ll look with just a bit of effort that requires little more skill than running a vacuum. Rent a machine at your local home improvement box store for about $30.

10. Add Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders.

By framing your landscaping, not only will it add “curb appeal” to your home, but it will keep mulch in, and grass out – making it easier to mow, mulch, and edge.

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The 7 Best Home Improvements for $500 or Less

March 13, 2015

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Give your home’s look a makeover without breaking the bank.

When it comes to upgrading our homes, there seems to be a never-ending list of things to do. There are the upgrades we’d love to make, like buying new furniture or replacing countertops. And then there are the things we have to fix, like inefficient appliances or a leaking roof. But there are a whole range of inexpensive improvements that don’t take much effort but can go a long way toward increasing your enjoyment of your home—and adding to its value too.

Here are 5 such upgrades you can make for less than $500.

1. Increase curb appeal

Even if you’re not planning on selling your home, curb appeal is important. For you, that might mean pressure-washing the driveway (rent one for about $100 per day), repairing broken stairs, or updating your mailbox (anywhere from $50 to $200, depending on style). Sometimes upgrading curb appeal is simply a matter of spending time in the yard and getting your hands dirty by edging the lawn, trimming hedges, or pulling weeds. You could get concrete landscaping borders (average $450=100 linear feet) to frame your yard, and keep your landscaping defined.  To keep costs down, plant perennials that keep their greenery all year long and invest time in maintaining your garden tools so you don’t have to purchase new ones.

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2. Fix the front door

Your front entrance can say a lot about your home. Upgrading to a high-end fiberglass door can cost more than $1,000, but you can get a whole new look for a lot less simply by adding new hardware and a fresh coat of paint. Installing a new doorbell (kits cost about $50 to $100) or updating the lighting (anywhere from $25 to $100) are also inexpensive fixes that can add instant appeal to the front entry. Pair your newly painted door with a clean doormat ($20) or fresh pot of flowers, and you’ll have a whole new entrance for under $500.

3. Repair interior walls and paint

If your walls are a standard height, it’s easy to make simple repairs like patching holes or sanding. It’s also fairly easy to prime and paint your walls, which can instantly upgrade the look of any room. You’ll need to buy paint and primer (most brands start around $30 per gallon) plus painter’s tape, brushes and rollers. (Read this to learn more about how to budget for your painting project.)

Painting can get complicated and expensive if you need to repair a significant amount of drywall, remove mold, or have really tall ceilings, so always consult a professional if you feel you might be in over your head.

4. Update lighting and change bulbs

The lighting fixtures in your home are like jewelry on an outfit—they can instantly add pizzazz or look dated. Switching out a chandelier or sconce is a fairly easy, budget‐friendly project. Shop big-box stores for inexpensive pendants, or ask about floor sample sales at retail outlets. Plan on spending at least $200 for a large fixture, about $100 for a bathroom vanity light, and $100 or less for a wall sconce. If you’re on a tight budget, consider using the fixtures you already have but updating them with a coat of spray paint, a new light shade, or a dimmer switch. To make sure you’re really adding value, switch to energy efficient bulbs like LEDs (about $7 for a 60W equivalent) or CFLs (about $9 for a 60W equivalent) bulb. Although both are more expensive than an incandescent bulb, they last longer and require less energy.

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5. Install new toilets

Your motivation for buying and installing a new toilet may be for aesthetic reasons, but newer toilets can also save you money. Toilets installed prior to 1995 use as much as 6 gallons of water per flush; newer WaterSense models use as little as 1.2 gallons.

Over time this can represent thousands of gallons of water you won’t have to pay for. Additionally, older toilets are more likely to leak, wasting even more water and money. A slowly running toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water a day. Replacing a toilet (about $100‐$200) isn’t hard for an experienced DIYer. But call the plumber if you have other leaks in the bathroom or kitchen; getting them fixed will save you water and money.

6. Maintain your mechanics

Just like maintaining a car, regularly having your appliances and mechanical devices inspected and tuned up can save you lots of money in the long run. Major repairs or replacements can run into the thousands, but a simple check up might be as little as $100. Ask your serviceperson to let you know about any special customer care programs. Sometimes long-term customers are rewarded with free inspections or discounted servicing. (Thinking about DIY appliance repair? Read this first.)

7. Monitor energy usage

There are many smart-home devices on the market aimed at letting you get to know your home habits and helping you save money on energy or utility costs. Devices like Iris (Comfort & Control kit is $80) can help you regulate the temperature of your home and alert you to any unexplained changes. Add-on devices like the Utilitech Water Leak system ($30) can alert you to water leaks. Ultimately these devices help you save money on your energy and utility bills and keep you from expensive repairs down the line.

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Anne Reagan is editor-in-chief of Porch.com.

A Guide To Landscaping Around Your Home

By on Mar 5, 2015 (she’s great!)
Your home is looking good! You have repainted the inside of your house. You have redecorated the inside with new furniture. And, you have put in new lighting so your home is nice and bright. However, the inside of your home is only half the battle. You also need to look and work at the outside of your home.

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Other than painting the outside of your house, there are a number of other ways homeowners can improve the look, and just as important, the value of your home. One of the easiest ways to improve your home is through the use of landscaping around the house. Landscaping the areas surrounding the house can make your home look nicer and improve the look of your neighborhood. These are factors that can help improve the value of the house.  Adding borders, for example, on your sidewalk keeps the mulch in, and your grass out!

Homeowners have many different ways to help landscape their homes. Many can be accomplished by yourself at minimal expense. Landscaping can take different forms such as planting flowers, trees, bushes and maintaining a healthy looking lawn. There are also other methods of improving your home including having a nice looking deck or patio, improving your outdoor lighting and even having a water feature in your yard. Another important part of landscaping is keeping pests away from your lawn, trees and gardens.

All of these methods of landscaping can help improve the look of your home and raise the home’s value. To learn more about landscaping around your home, please take a peek at the following resources. We hope that you learn how to properly landscape and also work on your own around the house. Also, please feel free to share this information with others looking for information on landscaping.

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9 Tips and Tricks to Save Water in Your Garden

9 Tips and Tricks to Save Water in Your Garden

A beautiful garden goes beyond beautifying your home; it gives you an amazing space for bonding family time, activities and events, it helps improve the value of your property and investment, and in many ways than one, it helps you protect the environment in your own little way. However, maintaining a garden doesn’t come easy, it requires a lot of effort and can be draining on your budget and pocket. Usually, employing the right strategy is the key, but also not overlooking little tips that are often overlooked. Are you looking for ways to make your garden beautiful, help the environment,and save money? Then read on…

Check Hoses for Leaks

Leaky hoses can waste a substantial amount of dollars’ worth of water every month. Checking to see that everything is sealed and turning off properly is important. Also, even if you have a spray nozzle on your hose, it is a good idea to turn off the water faucet when you’re done using it. Few hose connecters are completely airtight, and even 100 drops a day can add up pretty fast. The pressure the water puts on the hose connecter can eventfully cause it to become loose or snap off as well, leading to more leaks (and a need for a new hose connector).

Be Sure Sprinklers are Aiming at Greenery, Not Pavement

Watering the sidewalk isn’t going to do you, your water bill, your plants, the sidewalks, or any unsuspecting passersby any good at all. Too many times I have strolled by someone’s front lawn, only to see a sprinkler completely missing its target. If you need to, get a professional to fix your sprinkler system. It’s worth the money, considering the amount of cash you’ll be saving not only on water, but on plants that will no longer be at risk of death by dehydration. Also, a note: Large amounts of weight on sprinklers can damage them. Cars, bicycles, and lawnmowers coming into direct contact with sprinklers can be harmful and damaging.

Speaking of Sprinklers…

Sprinklers shoot mist high into the air. This seem like a great idea, but unfortunately, much of the mist never gets a chance to make it to the plants. It instead ends up being evaporated and carried away into the atmosphere, where it will, at some point, help form a cloud. Instead of paying for even more cloud formation, try using an irrigation drip on plants that require a lot of water in one concentrated area. Sprinklers are great for grassy areas and areas that need spread out hydration among many close together, shallow-rooted plants.

And Speaking of Grass…

There are many equally beautiful alternatives to a large, green lawn. If you live in an area where grass doesn’t typically grow, try a different kind of landscape. For instance,desertscapes, which make use of small gravel, boulders, cacti, and other low-water plants, can put an interesting spin on a traditional garden. If you do insist on grass, though, try planting grasses that require less water than others, such as Bermuda or buffalo grass.

Keep Grass Blades Long

This shades the blades’ roots and gives the water a better chance of seeping into the ground before it is evaporated. A very short grass cut, on the other hand, invites dry air to rush straight to the water molecules and carry them away. Longer grass can look more elegant as well, and it’s a lot less work- you don’t have to mow it as much!

Buy Plants Native to Your Area

If you live in a naturally dry climate, plants used to being near the beach are going to need a LOT of extra water. Instead of fighting nature, try plants more suited to your own climate, whatever they may be. Chances are, your area’s yearly rainfall will be close to the amount of water the plants require. You will still need to monitor the plants and supplement irrigation as needed.

Make use of Mulch

Mulch is an inexpensive, yet highly underrated product when it comes to gardening. Spreading mulch around shrubs and bushes can be both environmentally helpful and aesthetically pleasing. The absorbency of the mulch helps slow down evaporation, so more water goes into the plants’ roots than the atmosphere. It also comes in a few different colors, requires much less water than grass, and can look a lot better than plain dirt. You can also use mulch and stepping-stones in place of concrete to create paths in the garden. This will allow rain and other water to seep into the ground and irrigate nearby vegetation. Beware of weeds, however. To keep weeds and stray plants from growing in this path, you can place a layer of newspaper below the mulch and stepping-stones.

Strategically Time Planting and Watering Schedules

Planting and watering while the sun is beating down on you will only suck the water out of already fragile plants. Planting and watering when it’s cool, however, can keep this from happening. So, add new plants to your garden in cool seasons, and water them year round after dusk or before dawn. Be sure to pay extra attention to newly planted plants to make sure they’re adjusting well.

Take Advantage of Rainy Days

When it rains, collect and store rainwater in a barrel. Use the water to irrigate your garden on dry days. If you live in a pretty rainy area, you may seldom run out of rain reserves, making paying for garden irrigation a thing of the past.

Overall, maintaining your garden will make your home stand-out, beautiful, protect your investment and the environment and give you a space for family time and activities. Maintenance could have a substantial impact on your pocket, but employing these easy tips would sure help you save a lot more than you normally should.

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Winter Landscaping

Wonderland – South Florida Style

By Anne Childers – Florida Gardeners

South Florida is the land of sunshine, swaying palms, and long miles of sandy beaches, but contrary to what many folks may think, the region does have seasons; they just happen to be a bit different (and a lot more subtle) than the more northerly parts of the state and, of course our northern neighbors. While many states enjoy a distinct winter, spring, summer and fall, Florida is more accurately described as having a “wet” or hurricane season, and a “dry” cooler period.

Locals will often quip that we have ‘hot, and hotter’ when questioned about seasons, or another favorite, ‘We had winter yesterday.’ Still, most Floridians take the threat of a hurricane much better than the threat of cold weather.

The winter of 2010 was an exceptionally cold winter statewide, and South Florida saw the coldest winter recorded in 82 years when temperatures in Miami dipped to 36 degrees. Then the next three winters reported slightly above average temperatures, with Miami averaging 72.3 degrees for the winter season.

Groundskeeping for the Winter

Sometimes a board, guided by practices common in other states will, recommend scaling back landscaping work in the winter as a cost-cutting measure, but as has been mentioned previously, professionals know that wintertime is not a time to spare effort or expense. Grayson recommends working hard during the winter months to get on top of the invasive non- native species and to establish new native plant areas while temperatures are mild to moderate.

Mike Guido, director of maintenance operations for Landscape Service Professionals in Tamarac, agrees with Grayson—winter is no time to slow down.

His advice to boards on curbing winter landscaping expenses is to the point. “The sweet taste of savings is replaced over time by the bitterness of poor performance.” Guido lists three additional landscape challenges for Florida landscapers: “Weeds, insects, and fungus. With a twelve month growing season, pests and nuisance animals remain fully active,” he states, and recommends spending time and funds in the winter on controlling those challenges, and getting ahead of them before spring and summer. “The Florida Department of Agriculture has stated Florida averages one new pest per month,” he explains. “Winter is the time to fight back.”

Guido also recommends addressing irrigation issues during the winter season. “Irrigation systems are designed to fail,” he states. “The parts are all plastic, and the whole system is only as new as the oldest part.” Guido knows this is often difficult to explain to an HOA board. “Maybe they have just spent a large sum on replacing gears and pipes, and then the pump goes out.” If adequate irrigation is not available, no landscape will survive in the Florida climate.

Humble agrees on the importance of adequate irrigation, and recommends that boards consider the latest technology. “With the movement by most irrigation manufacturers to create smart controllers, it would be wise for boards to evaluate their current system to see if they would be a candidate for such.” Smart systems allow you to enter the soil type, and even your zip code to track weather in your area. The temperature, humidity and precipitation are monitored and relayed to the clock, where a decision is made to allow the various irrigation zone sprinklers to turn on or not. This occurs automatically—no need for a resident, groundskeeper, or manager to touch the clock. Humble cites numerous communities where this technology has decreased water consumption by more than 50%. “Additionally, grass requires substantially more water than plants, so boards should evaluate their current landscape plan and decide if there are areas that can utilize larger planting beds,” he suggests.

Guido recommends property management personnel, boards and landscape committees review the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Best Management Practices online. These programs provide excellent and readily available information on most landscaping concerns.

Everyday Care

After the main challenges of invasive plants, weeds, fungus, and insects are addressed, other landscape activities best suited for winter months may seem routine. Cleaning beds, remulching and replanting appropriate winter plants, along with very mild pruning should be all that is required to have most properties at the peak of winter perfection when the snowbirds arrive and the winter/holiday season begins. The winter season is also the best time to have a certified arborist evaluate any large hardwood trees to see if the pruning practices have been kept to local codes and standards, and if trimming is recommended prior to hurricane season.

Pro-Tip:  Concrete Landscaping Borders is an excellent way to maintain your hard work, and your landscaping.  Concrete borders are extruded to match you design elements, and create a protective “frame” around your beds – keeping the mulch in, and the grass out!

Winter landscaping done right not only creates a beautiful environment for the season, but also sets the stage for a smoother transition into the busy spring and summer landscaping demands. Spring in Florida may come as early as March, and lawn and landscape professionals know, there is no down time—just a change in seasonal duties!

Anne Childers is a freelance writer and a frequent contributor to The South Florida Cooperator.

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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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Before and After

If you have visited our website before, you would see all kinds of different shapes and patterns, as well as colors available to create the framework for your landscaping.  However, for many of our customers, their existing borders get dull as the years go by – mostly from our wonderful Florida weather.

We thought we’d take this opportunity to share with you that Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders also will come out and clean & seal your borders to help protect them from our humid and muggy conditions.

Before

Before

This is a picture of curbs after five years.  As you can see, the mold, mildew and dirt almost disguises the border – and you can’t really see it very well.

Upon installation, we always recommend that you seal your borders.  This will prevent staining from fertilizers, tree’s and even mold and mildew.  Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders can perform this task for you.

 

After

Now, this is the picture after we cleaned and re-sealed the border.  Looks pretty darned good, huh?

Keep in mind that this curb is five years old, and it still maintains the excellent barrier between the flower bed and grass.  Not even a coffee machine will last that long!

So whether you want new borders, or even if you want your existing borders brought back to life, we’re just a phone call away!

Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders has been in business since 1997, with professional and uniformed staff to create the curb appeal that your home really desires!

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