First, the area where the concrete landscape edging will be installed has to be prepared. Ground preparation is very important in achieving a professional looking curb. A trench, two inches deep and ten inches wide, around the landscape edging beds is all that is necessary to accommodate the concrete curb machine. Ground preparation is usually completed using shovels, a sod cutter or trencher.
Second, concrete is prepared in a mortar mixer with sand, cement, fiber and water as the basic ingredients. The consistency of the mixture is very important. Color additives can be added to the curb mixture to customize the beauty of it to match the customer's home.
After the mixture is ready, the concrete mix is shoveled into our curb machine and extruded into a professional continuous landscape border.
When the concrete landscape edging is extruded from the curb machine, the surface of the landscape edging will have some imperfections. Using a specially formed hand trowel, the concrete curbing is quickly smoothed into a decorative concrete curbing masterpiece.
Stamping and Textures
After the decorative concrete curbing is laid down and smoothed it can be stamped to create patterns using various stamping tools. There are many coloring and stamping techniques that can be done at this time.
Control joints are then added to help prevent cracks every three to four feet while the surface is still wet. These control joints can be hidden in the stamped curb pattern or tooled for a finished landscape edging look. A clear sealer is applied to colored curbing to protect it from the sun and to preserve the color.
Since there is no form work, no landscape damage and no elaborate set-up, clean-up is minimal. We take the time to clean any "slag" which may fall from the edges of the curb machine onto your existing grass area or planter. This ensures grass or plants will be able to grow directly next to your new curb.
3805 Ridge Rd
Deerfield, WI 53531