6 step-by-step tips for great garden edging
1. Separating the garden from the lawn
After marking your area, use a spade to cut away at the soil where the lawn and the garden bed currently meet. Continue for the length of your edge and make sure it is deep enough to accommodate your road base, sand and cement mix and Lawn Edge Block. You want the lawn edge flush with the grass when complete to make mowing an absolute breeze.
2. Creating a base
In the newly formed trench, install the road base to a depth of approximately 50mm to 75mm. Compact this with either a heavy implement or walk over it continually to make sure the road base settles completely.
3. Placement of the Lawn Edge Blocks
Before you lay your wet mixture (next step), place the units down to make sure the joints are nice and even. It is really important to implement this step, especially if there are any angles or curvatures within the edging that may be tricky to coordinate. Where necessary with curves, cut your units with a small masonry grinder or brick saw to suit your handy design. Remember your safety equipment!
4. Time to mix
Mix your sand and cement to a ratio of 6:1 and then add water slowly to create a firm yet damp consistency.
5. Let’s make it stick
When you are happy with the placement of the Lawn Edge Blocks, lifting one up at a time, place a generous amount of your sand and cement mix under the unit and spread evenly. You can level with either a timber or steel float. Before placing the units back down on top of the mud mixture wet the underside of the unit with water. Continue this process the whole way along the unit edging and check for level from unit to unit.[alert style="alert-info" dismissible="false"]
Tip: It is important to wet each unit before placing it in the sand and cement mixture to aid in adhesion between the bedding material and the lawn edge.[/alert]
6. The finished product
Once the Lawn Edge Blocks have set into place sit back, relax and admire your handy work.