Concrete Backyard - Knowledgebase Question

San Francisco, CA (Zone 8B)
Question by jsampson0
August 2, 2005
I am preparing to sell my house and want to improve the looks of the backyard. It is really just a concrete slab that is cracked in many areas and bordered by a 2 foot strip of garden. Can I simply cover the concrete with bark to make the yard more attractive?

Answer from NGA
August 2, 2005


You could cover the concrete with bark, but the new owners might be in for quite a surprise the first time a heavy rain hits the area and floats the bark! How about placing groups of colorful plants in terra cotta or plastic pots in spots throughout the slab and setting out a patio table and chairs? The flowers will direct potential buyer's eyes away from the cracks in the concrete and the slab will take on a more livable look.

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