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Understanding Prices of Concrete

Concrete is an essential material for building work including extending you home or laying the foundations for a shed or garage. Concrete comes in a few different forms, and it can be confusing to understand the price of each format and material. Check out this handy guide to make sure you’re getting a fair price for concrete. 

Ready Mix Concrete

Ready mix concrete or cement is generally the most widely used concrete products for garden landscaping and shed bases. You can buy it direct from a home improvement store, or through your tradesman. It’s a great product that is easy to use, firstly add water, mix well and then pour into the desired area. Make sure the concrete is level, and it should set within 30 minutes to an hour. 

Ready mix concrete also comes in a range of colours and shading, which can be important if you’re using concrete in the garden, and not so important in house foundations!

Considering Quantities

Ready mixed concrete can be bought in small amounts, around 20kg and is a suitable size for building paths, adding to walls, creating steps and laying shed bases.

If you’re using a large amount of ready mix concrete, it may be ideal to source this through your tradesman, or through a home improvement store that does deliveries. Watch out for additional costs relating to delivery or minimum quantity requirements.

Concrete is either sold by weight or cubic meter, so it’s important to figure out how much you’re likely to need before placing your order. Start by accurately measuring the length and width of your area, quite easy to do if you’ve got a standard rectangle. If however, you’ve got an oddly shaped area, this can be more complex and may require breaking down into smaller pieces. 

It’s also important to accurately measure how much concrete you need to avoid wastage, as this has a negative impact on the environment. 

Ordering directly from a supplier 

If you’re in need of a large amount of concrete, then it could be worth ordering directly from a supplier to get better prices. There are a few things to consider when ordering a large quantity, including delivery schedules and costs.

Firstly, the supplier will have a delivery schedule, and may have particular times or dates when they deliver to residential areas. This is important to establish as concrete can be a critical part of the project and timeline. Following this, make sure that your project has a realistic timeline, which will enable the concrete to be delivered and used on the same day. 

Ready mix concrete can be unstable after some time, and can ‘cure’ if left too long in the wrong conditions. This means you have around an hour from delivery to setting to use the concrete effectively, and so your plan and timeline will need to be well thought out. 

Some suppliers will add a delivery charge to the cost of the concrete, which is why it is best to use local suppliers. Check their websites for exact costs, which may vary with the amount of concrete ordered. The average truck will carry 6 cubic meters of concrete, and you may be charged extra if you’re not ordering a full load. 

When considering a significant home improvement project that involves a large quantity of concrete, make sure you measure the space accurately and correctly calculate the area you need to fill.

Following this, research national and local concrete suppliers and compare to get the best prices available for you and your project. If you’re working on a smaller project, it may be that a bag or two of ready mixed concrete will help you to get the job done to a high standard. 

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Costs of Landscape Gardening

Landscape gardening is a brilliant solution to mastering an oddly shaped garden, sectioning off a wide expanse of land or clearing and neatening an unruly area. Many landscapers offer a range of services, from clearing and removing weeds, cutting large trees, maintaining gorgeous floral arrangements or sculpting a new shape and layout.

Whatever your gardening needs, a professional landscaper is a brilliant option for new ideas, creative materials and a fantastic overall refresh of your garden. 

Full Garden Design

So, you’ve decided to have a complete makeover of your current outdoor space and you need a professional to complete the job. At this stage you might have a loose idea in your mind of how your garden will look, but not know the specific materials, layout or plants that could be involved. 

This is where working with a landscape gardener can be really beneficial, as all their knowledge of surfaces, space and Botanics come together to create a brilliant design that meets your needs. This end to end service can be costly, and there may be lots of labor involved to get your dream garden.  

Smaller Budgets

If you’re working from a smaller budget but want to make key updates to your garden, like adding a decking area or pathway, then splitting the whole garden into smaller pockets could be the solution for you. This way you can gradually upgrade your garden without busting the bank!

There may also be elements that you can do yourself, or scale the design down to have a lower cost of labor and materials. Finding a good landscaper is easy when you use Quote Check to get a range of quotes to suit you and your budget. 

Key Landscaping Areas

There are many components involved in garden landscaping, and it’s worth considering which would be best suited to your garden’s soil, layout and your needs. Each comes with varying costs, so also think about your budget and the longevity of the materials required. 

  • Lawn – Have a quick look out the window at your lawn, is grass growing in all the areas, or have you got weeds, moss or dirt patches? It might be that your lawn needs improving, or you want to lay fresh lawn over soil. You can also bring up patio or decking and replace this with fresh turf, to increase the size of your garden.
  • Patio – Patio space is brilliant for BBQs, seating areas, hot tubs and more, and this space may be lacking in your garden. Patio’s are usually made up of large square stone tiles, with patterns from bricks or smaller tiles. Costs can depend on the quality of stone used and the area that needs to be covered. Consider an underlay to avoid weeds growing through the cracks. 
  • Decking – Decking is an excellent option, especially for gardens on a slope or hill as it can help to create a level area for seating. Decking is made from large planks of ridged wood, and is versatile in creating spaces of different length, width and heights.
  • Ponds – Ponds are a lovely way to introduce more wildlife into your home, encouraging an ecosystem of frogs, fish and bugs to thrive. Ponds require a fair amount of width and depth, and some space for the filter and water system to be housed. A great feature to add to a diverse garden.
  • Pathways – Pathways can be built using a range of materials including shingle, paving stones, wood and bricks, and can be a brilliant addition to your garden. It may be that you need a pathway to reach a garage or outbuilding, or would prefer a decorative path to wander through your plants and flowers.
  • Features – additional decorative features are a great way to upscale a garden! You could add a water fountain, blooming gorgeous flower beds or raised beds for growing fruits and vegetables. A landscaper is a good option for adding these extra touches to your garden. 

Overall, getting professional help to fix up your garden is a brilliant option, as many elements will require a lot of hard work, and sometimes specialist equipment. Have a look at our quotes available for tradesman in this field, to find a competitive price that’s good for you.