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Frequently Asked Questions
Lawn Care and Maintenance
Before beginning, we will meet with you to discuss your plans. Next, Creative Curb appeal will design your project and present it to you for discussion and approval before beginning the installation process.
We avoid the use of heavy equipment whenever possible. However, there are some jobs that simply demand its use. If it is necessary for us to use heavy equipment in your landscaping job, we will inform you at the time of the estimate.
Patio, Driveway, Walkway, Fireplace, and Fire Pit
We have over 20 colors from which to pick, and there are many different pattern stamps available for use. Together, this means a vast range of choices.
We meet with you one-on-one, getting a sense of your likes and dislikes, your budget, and your hopes... after drawing up a detailed plan; we discuss the layout with you again before any work begins.
Yes, while there are certain regulations about how far they must be located from your home and neighboring homes, fire pits, and outdoor fireplaces are legal in Rochester, MN.
Decorative Concrete Edging
We use integral colors in our mixture, and follow up each install by applying a high-grade sealer to prevent fading. Resealing every couple of years is a good maintenance practice that will keep your colors true.
We use high-quality integral colors in our decorative curbing products. At the time of your free estimate, you can choose from a chart of many available hues. The actual color of the finished curb may vary slightly from the chart depending on curing time, humidity, and temperature. For this reason, we suggest you choose a color that complements your existing color scheme, rather than trying to find an exact match to your home's exterior.
You will need to remove existing edging from your landscaping. The installer will cut a 9" or 12" wide strip (depending on curb design) of sod away and prepare the ground. If you have any sprinkler heads on or around the borders, consult your installer to find out if they need to be relocated. In most cases, we can work around them. We make an effort to place the curb close to the grass edge during extrusion, which means that the grass will simply fill in up to the curb in most cases.
1. Compared to wood or timber installation, there is no threat of termites or rotting. Keep in mind that now many homeowners' associations are banning wood installations because of these problems.
2. Compared to metal edging you simply don't have the rusting, separation, and above-ground heaving. All these lead to long-term maintenance costs not found with Creative Curb Appeal brand concrete edging.
3. Compared to plastic edging, you also don't have the separation and above-ground heaving. In addition, you don't have the stigma and cheap look associated with a plastic product.
4. Finally, compared to brick and stone installations, you don't have the crumbling, cracking, and grass that grows between stones/bricks. Additionally, in most cases, concrete edging is less expensive than other masonry alternatives.
This is the beauty of continuous concrete edging. It doesn't involve the use of large excavating equipment or the building of forms before pouring the concrete. The machines used are lightweight, and we use double wheel wheelbarrows to transport the concrete. The only effect on your lawn is that there is a swath of turf removed that is about one foot wide (see installation page) in which the curb edging is installed. This turf can be reused in bare spots on your lawn, or we will remove and dispose of it for a small fee. After the installation is complete, any slight spillover along the outside edge of the curb edging is removed leaving a "clean" installation that you will be proud of.
You can't buy them. The breaks you see every 18-25" are expansion/control joints. Every curb job is mixed and extruded in one continuous piece on-site using our curbing machines. All designs and colors are unique and specific to your desires.
The curbing will last many years with proper care and maintenance. We apply a commercial-grade acrylic clear sealer to all colored and stamped curbs after installation. Sealing once every couple of years will help assure a long and healthy life for your concrete border.
Concrete curbing is ideal for almost any terrain. A small concrete extruding machine is very easily maneuvered, thereby providing the design flexibility needed for your specific lawn type. It curves, circles, or extrudes straight lines to allow you any design your heart desires. We encourage the homeowner to see the awe of the process. It is definitely an amazing sight to see the before-to-after transformation that takes place within just a few hours.
The concrete curb is very vulnerable during the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours of installation. It is imperative to keep guests, children, and pets away from the curb for the first few days. In addition, many homeowners have irrigation systems that need to be turned off the day before our arrival and not turned back on until two days after installation. If the curb is damaged from any type of force we can fix the curb, however, there will be an additional fee for this service.
After the first few days, the curb is strong enough that animals and children cannot hurt the curb if they step on it. It is okay to rake your bed covering back into place a few days after installation, just make sure the curb does not take a direct hit from any tools. It is best to wait a few weeks before you begin any major replanting or changes to your bed area. Keep in mind, do not allow anyone to dig underneath the curb, or run over the curb with a vehicle.