At R&M Concrete, we want to wish you a very Happy New Year! … and remind you that as you make your resolutions to smile more, be more fit and healthy, and improve your attitude on life,
you shouldn’t forget about your home and the tender loving care it deserves.
This year, you might consider making some New Year’s resolutions for your landscaping. The shape and character of your lot is not something that should be completed once and then left as is for a decade.
It’s natural to update your landscaping regularly, and to pull from modern trends as well as your evolving sense of personal style. Don’t neglect your landscaping when you resolve to make improvements to your life. Here are a few goals to start with.
1. Create a Compost Station
One of the simplest and most profound ways to make a difference in your yard is by composting. You can turn your kitchen scraps and yard waste into a useful fertilizer to help plants and grass grow better and more naturally. Compost turns dead, lifeless soil into something rich and plentiful.
A compost bin is fairly simple to buy or build, don’t let it damage the aesthetics of your yard. You can have a custom compost station built from concrete retaining walls so it effectively does the job without sacrificing the high-end look of your yard.
2. Add Modern Touches
Step outside and give your yard a thorough examination. What may be outdated or lacking? You might not have a lot of money to spend on a total landscaping overhaul, but you can probably afford a few simple yet modern touches.
Try concrete pavers that create an attractive path through your grass. A concrete patio with stylish furniture can also make the space look more contemporary. Flip through landscape design magazines and read online articles to find more ideas about modern outdoor design trends.
3. Put in a Stamped Concrete Driveway
Plain concrete driveways are a thing of the past. If you want to create some modern appeal that will stand out from your neighbors, try stamped concrete.
This trendy landscaping option enables you to replicate the look of brick, stone, flagstone, slate, and more in a variety of colors. It’s more affordable than any of the real options listed here, and it features reduced maintenance.
Stamped concrete driveways can also be dressed up to create a more customized look. You might mix the material with different varieties of concrete finishes, or use border accents. This will allow you to create a look of luxury that matches your personal style and significantly raises the curb appeal of your property.
4. Plant an Edible Garden
Landscapes have grown more functional in recent years, rather than remain just aesthetic. This year, section off a portion of your land for plants you can eat.
Rows of tomatoes, carrots, snap peas, squash, and other produce will furnish daily, farm-fresh food while also making your landscaping more interesting. The garden doesn’t have to be unappealing, though.
Through the use of certain embellishments such as garden pots, fences, trellises, and stamped concrete retaining walls, you can create an attractive area for your plants to grow. No one ever said your landscaping couldn’t be both beautiful and functional.
5. Make Your Yard More Sustainable
Unsustainable lawn practices are another dying trend. Today, everyone’s all about reducing their carbon footprint and increasing environmental sustainability in landscaping.
We’ve already discussed installing a compost station, which is very healthy for your garden and reduces the need for poisonous fertilizers in your yard. You can also put in lower-maintenance plants to reduce the need for lawn mowers and gas hedge clippers. Water-resistant plants and grass also require less hydration, which enables you to save on your bill and conserve.
Reducing the amount of grass in your yard is one of the best things you can do for a more sustainable yard. Grass is a huge water guzzler, and you can cut that utility bill in half by replacing the grass with a concrete patio, walkway, or courtyard.
Concrete is extremely low maintenance, and it can be an attractive addition to any yard. It will stay looking nice whether there’s a water shortage or not.
6. Add a Water Feature
You’ve probably been dreaming about a fountain, pond, or rock waterfall for years. Make 2017 the year you finally install that dream.
A water feature creates an air of relaxation that will transform a dull backyard. A stone water fountain set on a stamped concrete patio creates a beautiful yard ornament that requires very little maintenance.
Just remember your goals to conserve water and employ more sustainable design. Make sure the water feature uses only recycled water, and choose responsible materials like concrete for the installation.
7. Design or Update an Outdoor Living Space
If you don’t already have a patio, now may be the time to put one in. If you already have one, look into some update options.
One of the most popular choices for a customized patio is stamped concrete flooring. It offers an abundance of styles to add variation and a unique quality to your patio.
Furniture and pergolas can complete the look as well as complement the concrete. You can update a plain patio with rugs, pillows, weather-resistant furniture, and a variety of other outdoor décor.
A mini-bar, kitchenette, and dining table can also create a more homey appeal. This year, create an outdoor living space to rival any other.
8. Install a Fire Pit
Who doesn’t love sitting around a fire beneath the stars and roasting marshmallows? Any outdoor getaway can use an attractive fire pit to complete the landscaping.
Stamped concrete provides an excellent mold for the pit, along with the platform where you’ll place your seating. It’s functional, attractive, and low maintenance.
This particular feature presents a lot of room to get creative. You can incorporate your personal style in both the shape of the pit and the seating that surrounds it.
Try adding some peripheral lighting to enhance the concrete base and pit. It might seem redundant to place lighting around a fire, but the effect of lights surrounding a blazing fire at night can be stunning.
Update Your Landscaping with R&M Concrete
There are countless ways for concrete to improve your landscaping, and 2017 could be a great time to discover them. At R&M Concrete, we offer a variety of residential services, including patios, driveways, walkways, decorative features, stamped concrete, and retaining walls.
With our skill and focus on customer service, you’re sure to get the landscaping of your dreams. For more information about our products and services, contact us today!