10 Functional, Stylish Concrete Projects to Make This Weekend

Use concrete to make beautiful, durable items for inside and outside your home.

Concrete mix is an affordable, durable building material, which makes it perfect for do-it-yourselfers who want to enhance their home without spending much cash or hiring someone to do the job. 

These functional, stylish concrete creations are easy to make and will add character to your home, both indoors and out. 


Flower bed with concrete border in front yard
Concrete lawn borders help divide a space and define flower beds. (©Mariusz Blach, Adobe Stock Photos)

Lawn Borders

Defined outdoor spaces are attractive, and installing concrete lawn borders around flowerbeds and pathways is an easy, affordable way to add curb appeal. 

What’s great about concrete is you can form it to the desired shape, and then you can color or stain it to match your style.

And you won’t find a more durable, long-lasting edging option.

Read: How to Build Concrete Lawn Borders


Making concrete pathway with Quikrete WalkMaker
Making a concrete walkway is easy with Quikrete Walkmaker.

Concrete Path

If you’ve mowed and manicured the lawn, the last thing you want is for people to walk on it. Fortunately, the solution is simple: create a concrete path!

An attractive, patterned walkway is easy to create with Quikrete WalkMaker. Just fill

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Tips for Cleaning Your Toilet

A dirty toilet isn’t just unpleasant and embarrassing; it’s unsanitary. It’s important to routinely clean your toilet so it doesn’t constantly attract — and spread — germs.

The Importance of Toilet Maintenance

Developing countries need clean water and indoor plumbing to thrive — these are the basics that lead to sanitary living conditions and healthy outcomes.

But they’re just parts of the puzzle.

The rest of us are still vulnerable to airborne bacteria, even with the latest bathroom fixtures and plumbing. That’s because the systems themselves are not enough. Routine toilet cleaning and maintenance are necessary to prevent the spread of germs and ensure the toilet’s optimal performance.


Man's hand flushing a porcelain toilet
Before you flush the toilet, close the lid to prevent the spread of microscopic, airborne bacteria.

Did you know that simply flushing your toilet can propel microscopic germs into the air?

Bacteria such as E. coli, staphylococcus and streptococcus are such threats in public restrooms with lidless toilets that microbiologists recommend immediately exiting the stall after flushing to prevent direct exposure.

Avoiding toilet plume — an airborne mist that sends bacteria up to 6 feet from the toilet is easy enough in public restrooms – where you can quickly exit and

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Grass 101: What Grass Type is Best for Your Yard

A lush, beautiful lawn is possible practically anywhere you live. You just need to select the right type of grass.

As with any plant, the amount of water, sunlight and soil type play a big part in the success of your lawn.

What works for your neighbor might not work for you. How often you use your lawn and what it is used for is another consideration.

Picking the right grass does more than optimizing the chances of your yard looking good. It also helps you do what you want to do outside at home — while minimizing the amount of time, effort and money spent maintaining your lawn.

And, who doesn’t want that?

Turfgrass Types and Tips

There are two turfgrass types that are categorized by climate: cool-season grasses and warm-season grasses.

    • Cool-season grasses grow best in temperatures that fall between 60° and 70° and include grasses like fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and rye.
    • Warm-season grasses grow best in hot temperatures that reach 80-95° and include grasses like zoysia, St. Augustine, bahiagrass, centipede and Bermuda.
  • To determine the best grass to plant where you live, make sure you understand the growing zone that you live in.
  • If you experience cool
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