Critics weigh in on concrete patio advice

Cons of do-it-yourself vs. leaving it to the pros

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A couple weeks ago, we gave a reader some suggestions on how to convert her concrete patios into an attractive garden, complete with hardscape. She wanted some greenery, but eschewed the easy way out: a series of containers. Potted plants just didn’t cut it for her.