In the garden, one of the problems for the gardener is to ensure that the aisles do not encroach upon the flowerbed and that plantations do not impinge on the passages. There is a solution to keep all this at its respective location: the mineral edge.
Cutting a border
In the absence of a mineral edge, delimiting a flowerbed is accomplished by cutting the grass with a spade. This work needs to be done once or twice a year, at a minimum, if you want to keep a clean and precise line. It is constraining and time-consuming since we ceaselessly repeat that work every year.
The cobblestones’ border
One way to get an accurate and durable border is the use of cobblestones. These blocks of granite, sandstone or limestone available in all regions make up strong and elegant borders that can be adapted to the aisle layout.
Regular and compact size of the blocks allows to use them as they are to make straight borders, angles and even sinuous curves. Sealing them in a concrete imprint will prevent the cobblestones from collapsing into the ground and will always maintain them at a constant level, which is much more decorative.
The brick’s border
In countries where the clay brick is one of the key materials used for the construction of buildings, it is possible to get them cheaply to achieve a more or less discrete border. Indeed, sealed on a concrete foundation providing better stability to the structure, bricks laying on edge may be joined as a single row or double row. This solution makes the border more visible and more present into the background. Furthermore, the small size and rectangular shape of clay bricks enable to achieve perfectly straight borders but also angles or curves.
A wooden border
In a country style garden or in an orchard, simple oak acacia or chestnut beams are sufficient to delineate the planted areas from walking areas or lawn. Their installation is very easy since their heavy weight is enough to stabilize them by installing them upon a single layer of sand.
What can be the nature of your border, be sure to always install it at the same level as the lawn to facilitate mowing (to allow a single mower passage) and avoid the use of the trimmer…
Install a plessis (fence) border
The advantage of this border is that it can also be manufactured with trees pruning, such as apple tree, hazel or dogwood.
Plant stakes – here wicker -, every 11 to 13 inches. Tip: Before you do so, remember to peel them so they do not pick up once they are planted. Another solution: drying for a few weeks to the sun. Although wedge them with the hammer.
Once the stakes installed, start the plessis. The principle: Drag the sprigs on one side then the other, and go up to the desired height. Start inside the flowerbed, it will be hidden by the plants that grow in it. When the sprigs are thin, we can put several at a time.
When the border is at the desired height, plant a sprig at each stake to hold the plessis.
Finish by giving a stroke of prunning shears, here it is “overstepping”.
This plessis border, very simple to implement, has a life span of about 3-4 years.
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