Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Aaron Great for raised garden
Have built two large raised garden beds with these now. Both turned out great and have survived winter just fine. Building only two bricks tall, I didn't use anything to reinforce them. They are heavy enough and dirt keeps in just fine. However, if you go any higher than this, would probably recommend reinforcing somehow.
April 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by VTXnME It's Concrete
Getting a chuckle out of some of the reviews here. . .
1) They are poured concrete. They are inherently rough.
2) They are subject to mother nature just as any other product. Wood will rot, unfinished house eves invite hornets nests and ice dams.
Taking stars away because of that isn't a failure of the product.
This product performs EXACTLY as it should. It meets every expectation you could have out of a concrete block. (Seriously folks, it's a concrete block).
Used these to build a sturdy foundation for a shed. The shed still stands. There hasn't been any catastrophic insect invasion. Wildlife have not turned my shed foundation into their own personal toilet space. The resale value of my house has not plummeted. Everything is exactly how I expected it to be.
If you need a concrete block, don't be worried about the 'naysayer' reviews. . . this will handle the work you need it to. . . . . (though I can't believe it needs to be said).
March 12, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jmat cement blocks
There are two different styles of cement blocks that have the same part number. Not a good things if one is particular. When I picked up my blocks, I had some of each. The employee at the service desk thought the person who brought the blocks to the service desk made a mistake, but it was quickly discover that there was indeed two different styles with the same part number. Someone went back to the storage area and quickly "fixed" my order. I was OK with that.
January 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OrganicGardener Raised Garden Bed
Great price for making raised garden beds. The slugs and snails don't particularly like climbing the rough surface. Let's face it though, grey is ugly! We found a product through another vendor called Soycrete and stained them green, though a variety of colors are available. It is a safe product to use with food gardens. If you stack the blocks with the holes facing up, you can use them to ring your garden with carrots or pest-controlling flowers. Save a tree, make a concrete garden! To the man who had trouble loading them into his trunk - that is what Store Associates are for - they will load it for you.
September 20, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BobCookie Great Blocks - Service
We were looking for just a basic block, for a planter wall, that will be covered with rock facing. The ordering online was flawless and to be honest the service was good, but not great. The lady at the service desk was way too worried about her coffee getting spilled by a coworker and the guys loading had to be tracked down (by me) to get the pallets of blocks loaded onto my truck. It all worked out.
October 21, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cyclist online order works great
These are very heavy (17lbs) If you order online and pick up at the store, all you have to do is drive up to the pick up door and someone loads them in your van.. How easy is that. I love it
October 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RHunter Meets all expectations of a cinderblock
Serving size: 1 cinderblock
Recommended Uses: Cinderblock wall, Cinderblock planter bed, Cinderblock desk legs, Cinderblock doorstop, Cinderblock gumbo
Not for use in: Cinderblock Anvil, Cinderblock Winerack, Cinderblock Crib, Cinderblock Persuasion Device, Cinderblock Legos
Parting remarks: Its a cinderblock. Its solid if you pour concrete in it. It cracks if you hit it too hard with a hammer, just like all cinderblocks do. If you have never used a cinderblock before, I highly recommend trying this product.
July 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nightbird Worked great!
I see that some others have been using these for raised beds, too! Best feature is that concrete doesn't rot like wood. I'll eventually replace all of my beds' siding with these. They look great, too, because of how I've put the area together. I've paved 3 x 3 feet with grey 12" x 12" pavers between each bed, and paved the pathway with the same pavers down the middle of my 10 raised beds, which keeps me clean while gardening. It also dries very fast after a rain shower. This all ends at my grape pergola deck, with a huge rosemary bush to the side for privacy, and has a very italianate look to it during the summer. As to the below scuffing of leather, I always carry a fuzzy throw with me to protect my car seats, or to use for a picnic, and some flattened boxes to place things like this on.
March 28, 2013