Cost to Curb a Landscape
If you want to add some precision and definition to your home's landscape, installing curbing materials can produce spectacular results. Your comfort with doing your own cement work may determine the project's costs. Additionally, your decision to do it yourself or to hire a contractor may be affected by community codes and covenants or other oversight issues. Costs will vary dramatically between DIY and professional landscape work. However, it's important to recognize that your skill and desired outcome will be primary factors affecting your decision.
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DIY Curbing Projects
Handling your own curb installation will save you the cost of professional design and labor. If you simply want to border an area of your lawn with decorative brick or paver stones, this may be the best route to choose. Additionally, such materials can be adjusted as much as needed to achieve the ideal look. If you decide to update the area later on, there won't be any major expenses to tear out the old material.
DIY concrete curbing is a little more complicated, especially if you are working with significant curvature in your design. You will need stakes and benderboard to set forms for your curb. Consistency in spacing is essential for achieving a professional look. The amount of cement required will depend on the magnitude of your project. You may need a small trowel for finishing the surface of the material, and an edging trowel will be useful for adding expansion joints to prevent cracking. Costs can be kept relatively low for such a project.
Hiring a Professional
If you aren't comfortable with the form-setting part of the project, you may want to enlist a concrete or landscape specialist to assist. While complicated planning may not be required, a professional can limit waste and errors that you might experience with a complex curbing project. This approach may be necessary if you are subject to homeowner's association regulations that govern the manner in which you can landscape your yard. It can also ensure that concrete is finished properly.
DIY projects involving cement can fail at times because of issues affecting the materials used. Climate conditions, mixing and care in finishing can lead to inconsistency in appearance and frailty of the finished curb. Although you will pay more for the project if you enlist a professional, this can be a good choice if you are interested in increasing your property's value or in obtaining a sophisticated look.
Last updated on Mar 31, 2016
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