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▲ OUTSIDE

CONCRETE
JUNGLE
Dubbed one of the most versatile
landscaping materials, concrete
offers unlimited design flexibility in
terms of shape, colour and texture.
It's cost-effective, durable and
super strong. Concrete paving
also resists the abrasion of heavy
outdoor furniture, which is another
reason for its enduring popularity.
While it's free from weeds and
debris, it does need to be washed
regularly and resealed every couple
of years to prevent staining and
wear. Compared to some other
paving materials, such as
brick, concrete slabs
are reasonably priced
because they're easier,
CREATE UNUSUAL
and therefore less
PAVING BY POURING
expensive, to install.
FRESHLY MIXED
One aspect to
CONCRETE INTO
consider, though,
SHOP-BOUGHT OR
is concrete's tendency to
DIY MOULDS.
crack, although this can
often be fixed inexpensively.

Bold moulds

BIG PICTURE

BRICK IT
Often used for paths and walkways,
bricks also look good for building
steps, fountains and the surrounds
of a planter. Red and used brick are
the most common types used for
residential landscaping. Brick paving
has a custom look because it is laid
by hand, one brick at a time.
Beautiful designs are created by
cutting bricks into a variety of shapes
and laying them in intricate patterns.
If installed properly, they will last
for years. The main stumbling block is
moss, which can grow on the surface.
Bricks can also move or sink a little, so
it's important to check them regularly.

248 | MAY 2017

Once your paved and decking areas are
complete, you may want to introduce a
lawn or revamp the greenery that's
already there. Remember, a huge
manicured lawn will take up a lot
of your time. Whether you're new
to gardening, or getting older and
struggling to keep on top of it, you
need to make sure the size of your lawn
is suited to you and your lifestyle.
Start by looking at how much input
you can make to your garden, and the
features or functions that are most
important to you. For example, if
growing vegetables is a priority, create
a patch that will meet your needs
while minimising activity elsewhere,
for example by replacing a rose garden
with a shrub border.
Love water features? Make one
a key focal point, especially if your
landscaping will accommodate it. A
pond or fountain is an obvious addition
for the centre of a large garden, while
a trickling feature will look good in a
small area in front of a wall. Water
also attracts wildlife, flowers and plants.
Speaking of flowers, colour should
be high on your list of priorities when
you landscape your garden, so think
about which kinds to plant and what
the finished scene will look like.

SARAH
SAYS
'I'm a big
fan of brick
paving as it
is forgiving
and relatively
easy to lay.
It also gets
better over
time with
weathering
- which is
really good
considering
the British
weather!'



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