One key to creating a beautiful outdoor landscape is using the right materials. By selecting a range of materials, you can give your landscape a textured, varied look that will keep it interesting and appealing throughout the year. By working with an experienced and talented team like TLC, you can consider various materials until you settle on a selection that’s just right for your land.
In this post, we’d like to talk about a material that has become quite popular for landscaping design projects in recent years – Corten steel. This material is also known as weathered steel, and it has some interesting properties that make it a great option for certain landscaping tasks. Let’s take a closer look at this compelling material below.
Different types of steel use different formulas, or recipes, to deliver specific properties that are desirable for the job at hand. So, weathered steel, or Corten steel, is simply a group of alloys that have been intentionally designed to deliver given characteristics. In this case, the primary target characteristic is a color that looks like rust after the steel has been exposed to the elements for a period of time.
Even if you have not before heard the term Corten steel, you have likely seen it in use in a variety of applications. If you see a large steel sculpture or art installation, for example, and it looks like it has rusted, that is almost certainly weathered steel. In this way, the rugged, earthy appearance of rust can be enjoyed without the corrosion that would lead a structure to be unstable and eventually fail. The characteristics that make Corten steel desirable for large buildings and sculptures also make it a popular pick for landscaping projects.
Planters are one excellent way to incorporate Corten steel into your design. By using this type of steel to create a planter or series of planters, you’ll introduce an industrial element without anything that is too shiny or bright for a natural landscape. As a patina develops on the steel, the planter will gradually start to look like a piece that has been on the land for decades, if not longer.
From a practical landscaping perspective, a steel planter is a nice way to contain a group of plants and minimize maintenance work. You won’t have to worry about the plants in that planter spreading to other unwanted areas of your landscaping, and picking out the weeds should be quick and easy.
Edging is an effective tool for keeping various parts of your landscape separated. Commonly, edging is used to control where grass grows, but it can also be used as a divider in your garden or other areas. There are plenty of materials available when shopping for edging, but opting for Corten steel will give you something that delivers a unique look and impressive durability. If you don’t like the appearance that standard plastic edging brings to your property, Corten steel would make for an excellent upgrade.
This is perhaps the boldest way to incorporate Corten steel into your landscape design. Large panels can be used as both a visual element and a practical divider to separate one space from another, whether physically or visually. For example, you could use weathering steel panels to divide a patio area from the rest of the property, or you could place panels strategically to block the view of a nearby road or neighbor.
Of course, you can use many materials for these kinds of landscaping panels, including wood. However, if you’d like to bring in a different element and one to serve your landscaping well for years to come, Corten steel should be considered. Using contrast is an excellent way to add interest to a design, and the appearance of rusting steel is sure to be a notable contrast against the softer elements on your property, like a lawn, plants and flowers, or even water features in your landscape.
At TLC, we love helping landowners in the Jackson, WY area plan their landscaping and bring those plans to life. Whether or not your landscaping design involves Corten steel is yet to be seen, but the first step is easy – get in touch with our team today to learn more about our services and discuss your needs. We are excited to serve you!
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