Monday, August 2, 2010

Quickcrete path

We are finally nearing the end of the quickcrete path building , for me 6 bags of concretes worth of work is enough for one day , so far we have put three days worth in, which is about 6 hours worth of work really , not any full days, although the quickcrete forms are simple enough to do but it is hard work ,especially on a hot day and all our days this summer have been HOT!
We picked up this large concrete step at Home depot for less than $60.00 , I have seen this same thing for well over $150.00 and if it were real stone hundreds , the nice thing besides the price is that this step is hollow which means it is manageable for my husband and I to lift , not easy but doable.
It is slowly but surely coming along , we need to make more forms to create the extra row for the path.


I added the sand to the gaps today , it completely changed the look which I love ,once it is all together the garden expanded and new plants lining the path it will look great , I will try that treatment of buttermilk and moss painted on to promote moss growth .





I am taking a little break for now , outside landscaping is not for the weak and damn it I'm too tired to do any more ,but I do need to get that bed painting completed tonight , I don't want that dragging on and on.

12 comments:

MommaHensCoop said...

Don't you just love these concrete forms? I used these for my walkway, as well. For some reason we chose to put ours in on the coldest day of the year! Another thing I did, Before it was completely dry I took the water hose and sprayed the top of the rocks. This exposed the little pebbles inside the mix and gave them a "tumbled" look.

Angela said...

I love the look, I can just see it all grown in and mossy!!

designlove-cynthia said...

Great Job Chris!!! It's going to look so good!

Cindy

Tricia Rose said...

That is going to look so good - just don't kill yourself in the process!

I seem to remember yoghurt and cow manure as the magic formula for moss - whatever you have handy.. a few succulents mixed in provide cover at another time of year too - so does ficus pumila which won my heart even though my place is too hot for it to grow.

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Amazing work in this HOT weather. It looks fabulous with the sand in the cracks.

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Debbie Albrough said...

we did that same walkway over ten years ago and still looks fantastic. What we did for the odd shaped sizes we needed - poured some of the concrete in the mold on top of a garbage bag and while still damp shaped it into the odd size shapes we needed to make a turn in our walkway. I tried the moss but it didn't take - keep up on the sand though because grass will make its way through and you will have to wipersnip the walkway - one day I will kill all the grass that grew in between them but just so you know your efforts are well worth the result and it will be still looking as good ten years from now!!

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

It looks FABulous!! I love it! And you're right, the sand changed the entire look. I liked it the 1st way, then once I saw the one with the sand, liked it even more. Then with the moss, to die for. Luckily, it's pretty fast growing!

Colleen said...

...Great job...& yes the plants will fill in I have them near my outside sink & they do very well!....just love the look!

HRH Sarah said...

Thank you so much for the inspiration! I need to redo my front walk, and those quickcrete molds are brilliant! Can't wait for a break in the weather, so I can actually stand to go outside...

Kristie @ Comfy Cozy said...

Makes me want to go out and build a stone path myself. Looks great! I love how you decide to do something and then figure it out and do it! And it always looks great.

Mary said...

Chris,
If you can't find moss in plant form, you can buy moss seeds (I bought mine off the internet) and that worked just fine for me.
Mary

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Wow! That looks so good! I can't figure out how you can do all of these projects. One right after another, overlapping here and there. They aren't little things either. I'm always impressed and a tiny lot bit jealous of your ambition, dedication and beautiful spaces.

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