Picture of Garden Art for Spring
Ahh spring is in the air!  Even though it's still officialy winter, we in southern Calif. have it nice in that February here is like spring in the rest of the country.  Having said that, I love to be outside and start the gardening and upgrading/maintaining previous projects.  Being a concrete artist, I like making new projects with concrete and have included two new tree ring segments for this instructable that I have made recently to enclose two new avocado trees. A prior instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Concrete-Tree-Rings/ shows the complete process of making tree rings. Pictures of other art projects are included in the final step.
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Step 1: Finished Products Look Like this:

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I planted two new avocado trees and one lemon tree.  I had rings in place for other trees that didn't make it, so needed to make new segments for the new trees.

Step 2: Gather Supplies and Get Started.

Picture of Gather Supplies and Get Started.
To make tree ring segments, you need concrete, forms, a few tools, water, mixing container, etc. Later on, I use a hotwire machine to cut my letters out of styrofoam, and then use glue to secure them in the form prior to pouring the concrete mixture.

Step 3: Form Making

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Shown here is the form I used for my segments.  Basically, it is made of wood, cut out of a piece of two by six for the sides, and a piece of plywood for the bottom. I made a template out of cardboard by making two arcs, one at 36 inches, and the other 4 inches narrower, or 32 inches.  I divided a 36 inch circle into 6 equal parts and used that dimension for the length of the form.  On the inside of the form, I cut some thin strips of softwood and made a wavy design on them, cut them out with the bandsaw and glued and nailed them into the sides of the form.  Before pouring, the form is coated with a thin coat of oil, and I used regular cooking oil.
saosport2 years ago
shazni2 years ago
This is super...your letters are beautifully cut! Please may I know how you did the main picture? ' A' 'R' 'T' ...in that the concrete is embossed rather than it being engraved like the later pictures..how do you do that? do you like keep the outline and fill it in with concrete at the last stage?... please post pictures...thank you
Creativeman (author)  shazni2 years ago
http://www.instructables.com/id/Garden-Markers-You-Can-Make/ Interestingly enough, you had asked a question in that instructable as well, so it's not just me who "forgets stuff". Go to that instructable to see the application you wanted!
ooops....yes...I have been reminded! thanks! i've put in my favorite now :-D
bajablue2 years ago
Beautiful work, Cman!!!   lol... SO trusting to plant avocado trees, streetside! ;-D I hope you'll have fruit to enjoy when the time comes. 

Perchance, did you get snowed on??? ;-)
Creativeman (author)  bajablue2 years ago
Thanks, baja! No snow, just chilly.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
These would make a fine addition to any garden, I'm very impressed.
Creativeman (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
Thank you!
HollyMann2 years ago
This is awesome...I love it...I'm adding it to my favorites and hope to do it someday..much too cold now in Wi.
Creativeman (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
Thanks,,,glad you like it!
sunshiine2 years ago
Did you plant a Meyers lemon tree? I sure do miss avocados! Thanks for sharing.
Creativeman (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Hi sunshiine...not sure of the species, just hope it will give us lemons!
Funny sometimes getting lemons can be a splendorous experience!
Have a great day!
Creativeman (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
I agree!
Ninzerbean2 years ago
You are so lucky to have Hass avocados!
Creativeman (author)  Ninzerbean2 years ago
They are young trees...hope they bear fruit!
Lovely indeed, thanks. This is just the process for a sundial I've been planning for some tome now, and Spring just arrived here today too, magic!
Creativeman (author)  mandolinible2 years ago
Thanks for your comment! A sundial sounds cool...if you make one, post it, ok?