The poured concrete patio is the classic solution for flat surfaces outdoors. Concrete can be colored, textured, imprinted, seeded with pebbles, and generally dolled up in many ways. Use concrete where you want a relatively inexpensive and very durable surface. But keep in mind all that strip mining and carbon dioxide production, and consider alternatives before you make the knee-jerk choice of concrete.
Fly ash (a waste product of coal-burning power plants) makes concrete stronger and it looks and acts like regular concrete. Not only does it use a waste product, it also reduces carbon dioxide production.
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.