Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Reusing broken concrete isn't too hard

Pasadena-based landscape designer Laramee Haynes often reuses pieces of broken concrete in gardens as an alternative to pouring a slab of concrete. "Broken concrete can be reused over and over again," Haynes said. "It has a very organic quality." Haynes will be sharing his tips on how to repurpose concrete and other materials at home on Aug. 9 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Here, he offers a preview. Where do you find concrete, and how do you break it apart? I try to use anything that is on site. The stone yards are now selling broken concrete. See when the city is taking out a segment of sidewalk. They don't mind you picking it up....