Monthly Archives: October 2014

Concrete – calculating the amount to buy

This can be quite scary to the novice but it’s really quite simple. Here in Australia and New Zealand, we use the metric system (and when you compare the two methods, you’ll see why!) It’s much easier to calculate in cubic metres. In the USA, you’ll use the imperial Cubic Yards system to order concrete. […]

Retaining walls and garden beds

We have our paths laid now. Let’s move on to the next step in landscaping our block – the gardens and retaining walls. Raised beds make a great show and are not as backbreaking to tend and there’s a range of materials to create the retaining walls to hold back the soil. You can spend […]

Concrete mixes for different jobs

I had a comment from a reader who has a problem with a pond. They concreted a hole in the ground to create a garden pond. The concrete is not cracked anywhere but it won’t hold water. When they fill it the water level slowly drops and the surrounding ground seems moist. The reason the […]