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Lawn Edging

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trudiha
trudiha Posts: 398 Forumite
I've decided that what my garden really needs is some lawn edging. I think that a clear division between the dandelions and the more free-range weeds would be both practical and attractive. What I'd like is some terracotta fancy edged thing of beauty from Crocus but what I can afford is some green plastic on a roll from Winkinsons.

How, exactly, would I install such a thing?
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  • Yorkie1
    Yorkie1 Posts: 11,577 Forumite
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    The plastic roll will become brittle after a year or two in sunlight. I would simply cut a slit in the earth with your spade and stick it in.
  • trudiha
    trudiha Posts: 398 Forumite
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    That would be perfect as it would give me just enough time to save up for some beautiful reclaimed bricks.
  • lardlikesdogs
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    Either take it back or put it straight in the bin, Trust me on this one
    Pure Dog Loving
  • savemoney
    savemoney Posts: 18,127 Forumite
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    I did my lawn 3 years ago with it. I cut around the edges of the lawn to desired look and then dug small trench for the roll to fit then backfilled. I could do this all way around due to some parts of the lawn are a few inches from a wall which over hangs on to pavement where I have wallflowers and aubrteia. SO cut the roll in parts so they didnt go in as deep as the soil is shallow. Its works fine I did trim the roll on some places as it stuck out too much

    Mine hasnt become brittle and is south facing, it hasnt even faded from what I can see most of it is buried anyway, it probably will in time
  • stumpycat
    stumpycat Posts: 597 Forumite
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    I'm still swithering what to do about our front lawn - there's no edging at the moment, so grass makes breakaway invasions into my flowerbeds. I don't like the green plastic stuff, but don't want anything more solid as my 7 year old makes regular enough trips to A&E as it is... are there any other options?
  • ERICS_MUM
    ERICS_MUM Posts: 3,579 Forumite
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    I've edged one of my flower beds with plain cheap dark bricks laid flat on their wide face (if you see what I mean) and end-to-end along the lawn edge. Most importantly I placed them slightly lower than the lawn itself so I can mow right to the edge without damaging the blades on the bricks. I made a trench to lie them in and got them level with a spirit level - tapped them in with a rubber mallet until they didn't wobble. (Quite pleased with myself being a woman who likes to keep my finger nails long and polished throughout the gardening seasons ! )

    I edge my other beds with one of those half-moon edgers, every month or so just to keep the grass in check.

    It's worth doing as a neat trimmed lawn edger can really set off a garden.

    Linda xx
  • grrmich
    grrmich Posts: 118 Forumite
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    I edged all my beds at the allotment last year, and kept the grass short, but now I'm having to do it all over again, as the grass has gone a bit out of control and started encroaching into the beds. It's quite a lengthly job to do, especially when there's so many other things I need to be doing!

    Is this something I have to put up with if I want grass paths, or is there a way of keeping the edges neat and sharp without re-edging every year?
  • trudiha
    trudiha Posts: 398 Forumite
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    stumpycat wrote: »
    I'm still swithering what to do about our front lawn - there's no edging at the moment, so grass makes breakaway invasions into my flowerbeds. I don't like the green plastic stuff, but don't want anything more solid as my 7 year old makes regular enough trips to A&E as it is... are there any other options?

    I don't know if this stuff is any good at edging or how easy it is to fit but as it's made from rubber, I assume that it wouldn't lead to any trips to A&E.

    http://www.manufactum.co.uk/Produkt/193810/1443776/Rubber-Edging-Strip.html
  • elsien
    elsien Posts: 33,033 Forumite
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    I used the log rolls from poundstretcher when they were on offer a couple of years ago. Not too silly as money goes, and they're lasting well at the moment until I can decide/afford what I really want.
    I've no idea which way up they're meant to go, but I decided pointy side down was probably safer!
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • dizziblonde
    dizziblonde Posts: 4,276 Forumite
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    B+M have the log rolls in at the moment 2 for £5... working my way around replacing the bricks which have completely crumbled in our garden but it's not quite long enough heightwise for what I need it for. Have used rolls of bamboo edging to hide the front of our patio which looks quite good (the patio is really badly laid and uneven and was a pretty bad eyesore which we haven't got the cash to replace at the moment so it disguses it).
    Little miracle born April 2012, 33 weeks gestation and a little toughie!
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