5 Ways to Recycle Crushed Concrete in Your Own Backyard

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When concrete turns into a solid form, it is nearly impossible to return back to a normal state. This means that when you hire a contractor for concrete breaking on your home or business, there will be a lot of left over debris and stone. Along with allowing the company to take the concrete and recycle it, you can choose to keep some of the leftover concrete for yourself.

Depending on the form that the concrete is crushed down to, there are five different ways you can recycle the stone in your own backyard. Not only are these great projects that will last for years, but they can help give children something to do and teach them about recycling at the same time.

Concrete Garden Decorations

Pieces of concrete are ideal for setting up and decorating a garden. A variety of uses can help supplement a garden and add additional structure.

  • Garden Edges: Small pieces of crushed concrete are great ways to line the edge of the garden. The ideal size of the concrete pieces should be the size of a baseball. Simply line them up around the edge of the garden to form a border. This will help keep mulch or flowers in a specific area.
  • Garden Ponds: Create a centerpiece to your pond with a slab of broken concrete. This centerpiece can help create a circular pattern for fish to swim around. It also makes it easy to place plants or decorations directly on the concrete in the center of the small pond.
  • Plant Pots: Hollow pieces of concrete can be used to host specific plants. After the concrete breaking, look for rounded corners of concrete that can be used to hold soil and water.

Exterior Walkways

Add a durable walkway to your backyard. The key to creating the walkway is by finding flat slabs of concrete that are left over. It's fine to gather all different shapes and sizes as long as the pieces are flat.

When planning out the walkway, you will want to set the edges of the walkway using a rope or chalk line. In the walkway, an area should dug out that is about an inch deep. Next, you will line the concrete pieces up as close together. Once in place, the stones can be stepped on or secured with additional soil. As the walkway settles down, it will become flat and level with the ground around it.

Backyard Art Installations

Concrete has a form to create all types of art in your backyard. Multiple types of medium work on the stone and allow you to create all types of creations. Once these art creations are made, they can be set up on their own or as a part of gardens. Consider some of the following ideas when creating the art:

  • Spray Painted Concrete: Various types of spray paint works well on concrete. Use the slabs to create art designs or lettering.
  • Stencils: Create nice designs using letter or image stencils. The stencil design can be used to write your address, name, or the entry to a children's clubhouse.
  • Chalk: Instead of permanent art, children can use slabs of concrete to decorate with chalk. This is an ideal backyard activity, especially for homes without a paved driveway. It gives children a large surface to color on.

Fire Pits

One of the easiest uses for recycled concrete pieces is to build a large fire pit in your yard. Pieces of concrete can help contain and control a fire. The pieces of concrete can be lined in a full circle and should rise at least six inches in all areas. If possible, you can dig a small three inch hole to place the slabs in and make the fireplaces more secure.

Basketball Hoop Weight

If the concrete is crushed into a powder, the powder can still be used in your backyard. If you own a portable basketball hoop, the crushed concrete will act as a weight to keep the hoop balanced.

Using a funnel, slowly pour the concrete into the opening at the base of the hoop. Fill as much of the base as you can and then fill the remaining base with water. The combination will prevent the hoop from falling over during normal play or windy days.

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