Want to create a backyard sanctuary but aren’t sure where to begin? It’s simpler than you would think to transform your concrete patio into the garden of your dreams! The design of concrete patios has never looked finer, whether they have outdoor fireplaces or built-in barbecues. So, while we assist you in designing the backyard of your dreams, let your imagination soar.
Your patio area will be transformed into a place where you can relax, unwind, and entertain thanks to concrete patio ideas that will add beauty to your outdoor area. Using a wooden gazebo or winding pathway, add warmth and romanticism to your patio. With the right tree installation, you may turn your outside space into a tranquil paradise or create the ideal concrete patio design with shrubs and flowers. Enhance your new room with features like sitting walls or water features. Whatever your vision, we can assist you in realizing it.
Discover design inspiration for concrete patios with gardens, walks, seating areas, lush landscaping, flower beds, and more. You can use important elements as focal points in your concrete patio design by using landscaping to identify essential characteristics. Use annuals and perennials that require little maintenance to add color to your space and give it a new look, such as geraniums, daisies, and marigolds. Alternately, use colored mulch to give your yard a little additional zing. To assist you attain your desired look, decorative stones and gravel can also be really helpful.
Getting Started: Evaluate Your Space
Consider your location for a moment before throwing together a raised bed and setting it down on your patio. As with any garden area, full sun is desirable for a position (or as much as possible). It ought to be reasonably level as well. A whole new set of considerations arises when installing a raised garden bed on top of concrete or another hard, impervious surface. How does the surface feel like? Can it support the weight and wetness of a large raised garden bed?
For instance, the form of bed I’m going to show you in this post — which sits directly on the ground and drains from the bottom — may not be the ideal choice if you’re wanting to place raised garden beds on top of a fine wood deck. Instead, you should probably use an elevated raised bed kit, or one with a solid bottom and controlled drainage system, to safeguard your deck. If so, refer to the section on “Alternative Options” at the conclusion of this article.
On the other hand, the techniques we utilized to alter our most recent driveway garden bed will be effective over pavers, concrete, asphalt, or comparable surfaces. The garden bed may have some discolouration below if and when you decide to move it. However, a pressure washer ought to be able to get rid of it!
Drainage & Water
Even raised garden beds that are put on hard surfaces require proper drainage! Unhappy, unhealthy plants result from saturated soil and drowning roots. Therefore, adding a firm, stable bottom to your bed is not a good idea. That is, unless it has a system of internal drainage, a lot of drainage holes, or some other way of being able to freely drain excess moisture from the soil. On the other hand, I don’t always advise placing soil on top of concrete.
The idea that placing a raised garden bed on concrete or another hard surface will prevent it from draining properly is a prevalent one. Actually, as long as the bottom of the bed is open, the contrary is true! A well-constructed raised garden bed on concrete will actually drain more quickly than one that is buried deeply in your yard’s soil. As a result, just like with most container gardening, you can possibly discover that you need to water a garden bed on concrete more frequently than others. Particularly given that the nearby concrete may cause a little increase in soil temperature, which would speed up drying and evaporation.
Well, any extra drainage from your raised bed will flow to the area of your hard surface where rainwater typically collects. For instance, the extra water from the raised bed will also move there if there is a drainage system, a little slope to guide water flow down the borders, or a depressed location where water often collects. Even so, it doesn’t always follow that your beds will constantly be dripping with water.
Your garden bed should be able to retain the majority of the water you supply it with if you use a mix of targeted watering techniques, high-quality soil, and the appropriate bed height. Provide enough water when watering your new raised garden bed to keep the soil constantly moist. On the other hand, refrain from watering your plants so much that the soil is dripping with water. You’ll discover your rhythm.
Invest in premium soil and compost when filling a garden bed on concrete to help make up for the smaller root space. The same soil and compost mixture that we use to fill all of our raised beds was used to fill the new driveway bed. This essay goes into great length about creating the optimum organic soil. To put it briefly, we mix premium bagged soils, bagged compost, and homemade compost. We additionally order bulk deliveries of soil and compost when filling numerous large beds at once.
Raised bed soil should be nutrient- and organic-rich. It should have good moisture retention qualities as well as suitable drainage capabilities. Use more than just “potting soil.” It will drain and dry out too quickly because it is so fluffy. I advise combining potting soil with raised bed mix, general planting mix, and a lot of compost. The key is compost! Moisture retention will be considerably aided by compost and worm castings. You don’t want the water and nutrients in the bed to just flow out of the bottom! Mulching the soil surface improves moisture retention and lowers the frequency of watering.
Containing the Soil
Directly putting dirt into a plant bed on top of concrete is not the best option. Why? One reason is that part of the dirt will seep and wash out of the bed’s base. That will leave a terrible mess all over your bed. Additionally, it will gradually eliminate all of the soil in the bed. Additionally, whereas most garden soil is neutral to somewhat acidic, concrete is alkaline. I’ve heard that when your soil comes into close touch with concrete, the pH of your soil may gradually rise.
As a result, we have discovered that building a solid “basket” for the soil inside the bed’s wood frame is the best approach to keep it contained inside a raised garden bed that is placed on top of concrete. In instead of giving the bed a solid bottom, that is. Near the end of this post, in the section titled “Alternative Options,” we’ll go into further detail about solid-bottom raised beds.
Other DIY options
Aside from kits, there are numerous additional DIY raised bed variations to what I’ve discussed here. In fact, on a few occasions, we designed our typical raised bed design while also including a wood bottom! View our tree box in the photographs below. Made from the same redwood 26″ boards as the rest of the box, the bottom is essentially solid. In order to line the interior with landscape fabric and fill it with soil, we first drilled several sizable half-inch drainage holes in the bottom. In order to make the little beds movable, we intended to elevate them on sturdy furniture dollies with wheels. Otherwise, since wood bottoms always impede some drainage and are prone to deteriorating over time, we personally steer clear of installing them.