Installing landscape edging is an easy DIY project that can enhance the aesthetics of your yard by separating the lawn from the garden bed. It not only looks great, but requires little to no maintenance. Adbri Masonry ambassador Jason Hodges offers some simple steps to creating the perfect lawn edge. Consider using a product such as Lawn Edge Blocks by Adbri Masonry as they are DIY friendly like a traditional brick, but are purpose made for garden edging. The blocks can be installed two ways: one way to create a higher edge; or the other way for a ready-made mowing strip which means less time doing edges. The best part about having a higher edge is that it stops turf runners from creeping into your plants.
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.
Creating a base. In the newly formed trench, install the road base to a depth of 50mm to 75mm. Compact this with either a heavy implement or walk over it continually to make sure the road base settles completely.
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.
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.
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 the sand and cement mix under the unit and spread evenly. You can level with a 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 the level from unit to unit. 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.
The finished product. Once the Lawn Edge Blocks have set into place sit back, relax and admire your handy work.
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