By Camilla Arvidsson, Malin Nilsson
For gardeners and yard do-it-yourselfers, concrete is a revelation. It's sturdy, weatherproof, most unlikely to scouse borrow, and it offers much-needed insulation for outside crops. Concrete weathers superbly, softening round the edges, constructing moss, and changing into extra picturesque with age.
Concrete backyard Projects takes good thing about concrete's a variety of resources, showcasing an inspiring array of artistic techniques. The step by step directions for dozens of simple, homemade décor rules contain boxes of all sizes and styles, based benches and stools, miniature ponds and birdbaths, stepping stones, a barbeque, and a hearth pit. The authors use quite a few molds simply came upon or made, home items like bowls and baking pans, and easy wood frames and packing containers. At pennies consistent with pound, and so easy to exploit — simply combine with water and pour — concrete is the foremost to handmade yard décor.
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Urns are usually tall and potentially top-heavy, which makes them prone to toppling. Choose heavy ones or plan to carefully secure them to prevent a mishap. Improvised containers: Choosing the unusual All kinds of things can be and have been made into containers for plants: retired wooden and metal wheelbarrows, old canisters, watering cans, bathtubs, well-loved but retired garden boots. The sky’s the limit: Just make sure that the improvised container has proper drainage holes and room for roots to grow.
Sometimes called living roofs, green roofs are becoming popular in urban areas to capture rainwater and to insulate buildings to reduce heating and cooling costs. Most green roofs start with a watertight membrane topped with a soil-less planting medium. Small, drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plants like sedum are planted to cover all or most of the roof’s surface. Although more commonly used on commercial buildings, green roofs are gaining popularity for use on private homes. ). Essentially, this type of planter is a tall bag made from heavy plastic sheeting, with holes for planting and a handle for carrying and hanging on the wall.
Why Soil Matters Growing healthy plants starts with building healthy soil. Although it may look inert (except for the occasional earthworm), garden soil is teeming with life. In this complex, underground ecosystem, microorganisms like bacteria and fungi are constantly breaking down organic matter, releasing nutrients that plants need in the process. Critters large and small are tunneling, opening up pathways that allow air and water to move. Building healthy soil in the garden usually involves adding organic matter like compost to feed soil microbes and adjusting soil pH to its optimal level (more on those later in this chapter).
Concrete Garden Projects: Easy & Inexpensive Containers, Furniture, Water Features & More by Camilla Arvidsson, Malin Nilsson