Looking for concrete to use in your next gardening or landscaping project? Before you decide on what to buy, take a look at our argument for the utilization of recycled concrete aggregate. First, did you know that concrete is not biodegradable? Not one bit! That's right, which means used concrete rubble just piles up at landfills...if the material is not recycled or reused. That's why, whenever Colorado Aggregate Recycling has the chance, we like to promote the utilization of recycled concrete aggregate over newly mined concrete aggregate (virgin materials). Not to mention, the recycling process is much less harmful to the environment in comparison to the impact of mining for new aggregates.
Recycled Concrete Gardening and Landscaping Applications
This all brings me to my next point. You see, recycled concrete aggregates can be used for much more than just road projects & construction. They're actually wonderful for landscaping around your home & for gardening purposes. Beyond the most obvious & popular applications, you can utilize recycled concrete for the following:
-Base For Outdoor Water Fountains
-Decorative Support For Statutes
Now that you have your creative juices flowing, keep on reading to see a few of our past recommendations for some of the applications listed above. We hope they give you ideas for your own home projects!
Retaining Walls and Garden Beds
Used concrete rubble is recycled right at Colorado Aggregate Recycling's yard in a Golden, Colorado, 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.
Recycled Concrete Walkways/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.
Recycled Aggregates and Drainage
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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