Should You be Landscaping With Recycled Concrete?
It's no secret that recycled concrete is often utilized in large construction jobs, including roads and bridges, but what about projects closer to home? You may not have considered recycled aggregates in the past, but these materials can be repurposed and used in projects all around your home and garden. Recycled concrete is wonderful for landscaping purposes, and in this week's blog post for Colorado Aggregate Recycling, we're writing about the different ways you can use the material for your landscaping needs! Our products are extremely affordable and you won't miss out on performance, as recycled aggregates are equal to (and sometimes superior) to virgin aggregates.
Retaining Walls & Garden Beds
Used concrete rubble is recycled (on site) at Colorado Aggregate Recycling, and then sold to local businesses, contractors, and residents for many purposes. Because we can customize the material to most desired specifications, you can decide what is best for your project. If you're looking to build a retaining wall to control erosion, create planting sites, or for simply decorative reasons, you can follow a pretty simple process. We found a great technique HERE.
Here's a couple quick tips from SFGATE Home Guides. When building a wall, stack layers of broken concrete with their smoothest edges facing the outside. Repeat this process, until you achieve the height you want. To stabilize your wall, put down a layer of broken-up concrete at the base. When stacking your layers of recycled concrete, put dirt between each layer to keep it all even.
If you're building a raised garden bed, try not to build them too high. Beds two to three feet high are more than sufficient and provide easier access for the gardener.
Walkways or Paths
Our recycled concrete is also wonderful for building walkways and paths around your home, yard, and gardens. Because the formerly used rubble is broken down further, this material allows rain water to filter into the soil and prevents runoff into storm drains. According to SFGATE Home Guides, there are a few ways to ensure your pathways are more uniform. See their tips HERE.
Do you have drainage issues in your yard or garden? Not to worry! Used concrete rubble can be recycled into gravel-sized pieces, which can then be reused in newly poured concrete projects. This is also a great option over gravel, as recycled concrete can be utilized as a drainage material in areas that often become wet. If sections of your yard or garden flood when it rains, read up on how you can dig a trench through your own property and add recycled concrete to assist with drainage issues HERE.
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