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How to Maintain Concrete Curbing

By Whirl Construction (412 words)
Posted in Decorative Curbing on January 14, 2019

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Decorative concrete curbing can do wonders for your landscape, and one of its primary benefits is its durability. With that said, even the strongest landscaping elements require maintenance. Learn how to maintain concrete curbing in your landscape so you can enjoy it for years to come.

Maintain Concrete Curbing During Curing

One of the most crucial elements of concrete curbing maintenance is allowing it to cure fully. While concrete will start to set after just a few hours, it will take 30 days to cure fully. In the first 24 hours, you will need to keep the concrete dry by turning off sprinklers and covering it with plastic in case of rain. You should keep children and animals off of the concrete for the full 30 days while the concrete cures. It’s also important to avoid hitting the concrete with any type of objects during this time.

Maintain Concrete Curbing With Landscape Planning

Concrete curbing helps control weeds by keeping their roots from spreading, but it can’t stop large tree roots. Be sure to plant new trees far enough away from concrete curbing so that the root system doesn’t break through your concrete. It’s also a good idea to plan your landscaping so that climbing vines and other plants with invasive roots are not too close to the concrete curbing.

Maintain Concrete Curbing Throughout The Year

As you do other landscaping and care for your lawn, remove debris from your concrete curbing with a hose. Cut plants back so that they don’t overhang the concrete, and keep everything looking nice and tidy. If you notice cracks or problems with your concrete curbing, repair them quickly so they don’t escalate. Once a year, it may be helpful to scrub your concrete curbing with a brush to remove stains.

Avoid Heavy Weight on Concrete Curbing

You may think that concrete can withstand heavy weight, but because concrete curbing is often narrow, it may not withstand as much as you expect. Although you are certainly safe to set tools on it or run the lawnmower up against it, avoid placing heavy weight on your concrete curbing. Use ramps when moving heavy items and avoid driving vehicles over concrete curbing.

With proper maintenance, concrete curbing can last for years, making it a worthwhile investment. Need help making your outdoor space look great? Learn more about Whirl Construction or reach out today to learn how we can help.

Comments (1)

Anna Davis posted on: August 4, 2020

That's a good idea to repair cracks quickly before they get worse and to clean your curbing yearly. My business is having our parking lot and curbing redone next month. I will definitely keep in mind to keep up with the maintenance to extend the concrete's lifespan as much as possible.

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