Not so long ago I moved houses, but my garden is all concrete. This is very peculiar, but I am assuming the people who lived here before must of put it down. I do not like it like this and wish to put grass down. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of the concrete as I am stuck?
You will probably have to hire someone to jackhammer all of the concrete to bust it all up. Then bring in a skid-loader to scoop up all the concrete. After all the concrete is gone plant grass. That's about the only way I can think of getting rid of the concrete. (06/05/2006)
I agree, you are going to have to hire someone to remove the concrete for you if you have that much of it. Maybe you could recycle the concrete and make raised beds out of it? I imagine, that you will need to have some topsoil brought in before you plant grass. Perhaps, you could start slowly and have the concrete cut out in small sections and plant flowers in the spots where you removed the cement? Good luck in your endeavor. (06/05/2006)
If you know someone with a strong back and one of you has a heavy sledge hammer you could check to see just how thick the concrete is. We had someone use his professional diamond sawcut blade to start an area for us and then we just kept at it with the sledge hammer a little at a time in pieces we could pick it up. We didn't have to pay much to get the job finished, just brute strength. When you sledge hammer it into small pieces, it's not too hard. And we knew someone who took the pieces off our hands as he was looking for this kind of fill. You might also be able to cart it to your dump in small quantities so as not to strain your self.
An acquaintance a long time ago wanted to have a concrete driveway that led to nowhere removed. She got about 10 estimates that ranged from reasonable to reasonable times 10.
Moral of the story, get estimates.
Actually, it seems as though the previous home owners didn't like to mow or had allergies.
This is actually an opportunity to grow a vegetable garden in a raised bed and not have to worry about weeds.
Concrete to extreme is too much. We know. We had the same problem. We brought in a backhoe and had it all out in a day. Brought in some top soil and started planting grass seeds. Done as a weekend project. A lot of work. But it's so much better then concrete decor everywhere. (07/29/2006)
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