Install Decorative Edging
Easy half-day project: keep the grass out of a planting bed and make mowing around it a breeze.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Edging is both practical and aesthetic. At its most useful it marks out the boundary of a lawn, while also allowing you to simply run the mower over it. With a wide variety of materials to choose from, edging can be a decorative feature in its own right, chosen to complement the plants it contains.
When to Start: Any time
At Its Best: All year round
Time to Ccomplete: 5 hours
- string and pegs
- sharp shovel
- wet mortar mix
- dry mortar mix
- spirit level
Use String as a Guide
Use one brick to measure the correct distance from your raised bed (or border) and set up a line of string between two pegs from which to work. Cut through the turf along the line using the sharp edge of a shovel.
Remove a Strip of Turf
Dig out a strip of turf deep enough to accommodate the bricks plus a 1" layer of mortar. First slice the turf up into manageable sections, then slide the shovel underneath and lift them out onto a piece of tarpaulin.
Level the Ground
Use the spade to roughly level out the ground. Mix wet mortar and add a 1" layer to the bottom of the trench to bed in the bricks.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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