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Since coming to university I have been involved in a community garden run by students and university staff. The garden started out as a unloved backyard that looked more like a building site than anything else. After months of hard work and a lot of donations received from both the university and garden lovers we turned it into a little paradise with raised beds, chill out areas and even a little pond. We tried to keep the garden as a perma-culture which means that we utilized everything we originally found in the garden. After a few articles in local papers people started donating things for us to use including these big 20L water bottles, tins, bits of carpet, pallets and a couple of packs of Good Ideas Hammer-In Edging Lakeland Stone Look. Right, this seemed very random to us but of course we were grateful and looked forward to use it.
The pack contained 10 'rocks' that at their underside featured a long, flimsy spike. The whole idea is that you line the single pieces up in a line or in a (kind of) circle and hammer them in to create a border around flower beds and/or paths. As soon as we tried them out we realised why someone donated them to us - they are simply pointless! The system itself seems quite a good idea for people that are into a neat kind of gardening - my personal style is more real rocks and bricks and natural materials. However, they have the potential to look great and make the life of a lot of gardeners easier - if they only worked.
The soil in our garden is very clay-y and compressed, we have to use raised beds to allow anything to grow. Using the Good Ideas Hammer-In Edging Lakeland Stone Look as a border for these raised beds proved nearly impossible. The spike is very flimsy and one of them broke when e hit a stone while hammering it in. The others were holding p but very, very hard to get into the ground. What I would recommend is to prepare holes by using a small trowel in order to avoid breaking these spikes. It should certainly be mentioned that they are only useful in soft soil.
Now lets talk about the looks of it. It's very, very disappointing and the 'rocks; simply looks like cheap plastic. I've looked them up online to see how much they cost and as soon as I saw the price I knew that cheap plastic is all you can get for 5£. The pictures shows grey stones but in reality the colour is much darker and more dark grey into brown-ish. The whole looking like cheap plastic - given that it is indeed cheap plastic- is not too bad but the fact that the front looks different to the back makes them completely pointless for using them as a path border.
The single pieces are only around 1.5cm thick (which I think is far to thin) and combined a bit more than 2m long. That is quite a lot of material for under 5£ if you prefer plastic to real stones. For everyone that loves their garden I would recommend sticking to the real thing - rocks look much more natural and give the garden a more real and rustic look. Plastic in any shape or form has to be of very, very high quality to look good. The Good Ideas Hammer-In Edging Lakeland Stone Look do look very cheap - and indeed they are. It's hard to say they are a bad product, given how cheap they are they can be used in areas where they are not in the spotlight and are used purely for a practical approach. However, they simply do not look good. The look reminds me more of concrete that of anything else. The hight of 12cm excluding the spike is certainly not high enough for a raised bed on ground that is as poor as ours. They are certainly high enough to function as a border for paths if they would look alike on the front and the back.
Personally, I would never buy the Good Ideas Hammer-In Edging Lakeland Stone Look for any garden that I am responsible for. The main reasons are that they are fairly flimsy and I doubt they are very durable, Secondly they look simply cheap and don't really fit into the rustic garden approach that I like. Thirdly the manufacturer is fairly quiet about where the plastic comes from and how recycled the material is. If you do want to use any kind of plastic borders I would recommend to look for manufacturers that use mainly recycled products. By buying plastic that was recycled from locally used material you buy much more environmental friendly than buying recycled plastic that first had to be transported halfway around the world.
I could imagine that they look ok if used around freshly planted trees as a bit of protection against slugs and to avoid disturbing the soil - and therefore the roots - too much when watering. However, if you suffer from slugs in your garden I would recommend setting up beer pots in the beds rather then relying on borders to prevent your veg being eaten by slugs.
In the end we used then around our compost heap for purely decorative purposes - and our fellow garden friend who donated them bough real rocks for his garden. Unfortunately I can only award this product 4 out of 10 possible points.
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Create any shape border edging in an instant! Keep your lawn and flowerbeds neatly separated with this attractive hammer-in edging. Made from strong, flexible, everlasting ABS material, each section locks into the next creating straight or curved shapes around trees, shrubs, lawns or flowerbeds. Eliminates the need for constant lawn edge trimming and reduces weed transfer. Simply line them up and hammer them in.