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Benefits. Concrete isn’t going anywhere. Its durable, adaptive nature and attractive, chameleon-like qualities will keep trucks pouring. But the surface cracks will also keep coming. They are unavoidable. An experienced professional who understands the forces described above and takes the necessary steps to minimize cracking will go a long way toward ensuring you’re satisfied with your finished product.Find a concrete pro near youMoreHow to Tear Down That Concrete Patio5 Benefits to Concrete Floors for Everyday LivingSee a Concrete House With a $0 Energy Bill
Getting rid of a concrete patio enables you to replace it with a more attractive option — like pavers, stone or a modern combination, as with this patio by Falling Waters Landscape, featuring a grid of concrete rectangles divided by permeable plantings. It can also allow you to create more lawn or garden space.Best time to do it: When the weather is dry and temperate enough to permit heavy-duty work outdoors.Why: “Concrete cracks, it’s not a very pretty product, and there are a lot of better solutions on the market,” says Micah Dennis of Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design.Who to hire: This project requires heavy machinery and can have hidden pitfalls (like rebar lurking in your concrete), so it’s only a DIY if you earn your bread and butter in home improvement. If that doesn’t sound like you, it’s best to hire a licensed contractor.Tip: Dennis warns that many contractors won’t take the project if they aren’t installing a replacement patio or garden, so have a plan in place when you start interviewing professionals.Find a deck or patio pro near you
Joints can also be planted, lined with synthetic turf or filled with gravel or pebbles. All of these treatments increase the permeability of the paving, an important aspect of sustainable gardens.
This contemporary garden perhaps shows formal block and strip planting in its most extreme. The planting has moved away from nature, becoming just another building block in the garden’s repertoire. Again we can see that the planting been restricted not only in space but also in plant variety.