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Neatens lawn edges and is guaranteed for 15 years!* (*unspecified exclusions may apply)
Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging
Member Name: worst_trip
Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging
Advantages: Economical and theoretically, straightforward to install
Disadvantages: Tricky for rank amateurs to install gettin it to 'all go in a straight line' etc.
From about 2002-2008, most years - though not every year, as there was a break when we were living away from home in an inner-city slum - we've gotten to this stage of the growing season, thought 'hey, look at all that sun this part of the garden gets! That bit of ground looks good for growing veg on doesn't it?' and then been horribly disappointed come mid-June when the tree canopy closes completely and the spuds or whatever we've put into the plot goes all yellow and spindly and / or comes down with the dreaded potato blight.
2008 marked the turning point where we rolled over the shady "veg plot" and sowed it over with grass seed to make a bit more lawn. To compensate, we designated a small, sunnier plot of used-to-be lawn as a new bed for growing home produce and dug that over instead.
When you make a veg bed there are lots of ways to go. Every garden centre in the country wants to sell you miniscule little 'raised bed' kits for £79.99 each, or if money is no object and you have your own flat-bed truck, you could always buy used railway sleepers and make a super-sturdy raised bed out of those, the only problem being that these, old railway sleepers days cost approximately their own (immense) weight in gold.
As I was vaguely planning to emigrate to New Zealand in the foreseeable future, and was saving up for airline tickets, I didn't want the added financial outlay, quite frankly.
So, we somewhat bodged the job and created a very-slightly-raised veg bed by enclosing the designated area with Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging, which we purchased from 'Focus' DIY shop. Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging is a product intended for providing a neat edge to the turf around lawns, flowerbeds, and garden paths etc. It comes (from Focus, at least) as lengths of 15, 23 or 30cm high split, rounded pine logs, all strung next to each other (in a standing up position) on sections of thickish, galvanized wire (to resist rust). To secure the product in the ground, at intervals are included longer poles with sharpened ends; the 'regular', between-section logs are cut off with a square bottom, the idea being that they will rest flat on the soil surface when the longer poles are hammered into the ground.
Because the log-roll is sold - well, in rolled up sections, it tends to have 'kinks' and tries to curl up again when you come to lay it out in the garden. Bearing in mind that personally, I'm totally kack-handed at all DIY-related tasks, I found it quite difficult to install the log roll in a really straight line as it was difficult to maintain the tension in the wire enough to stretch the roll out properly. Similarly, even once hammered into the ground, the stakes still had a tendency to pull sideways and 'creep' loose - though this was nothing disastrous from my point of view as I was only using it to contain the slightly-raised veg bed, which is not exactly a character feature. If, however I'd wanted the garden to look all neat as and end point -with, say, straight lines of evenly-installed log roll, that swept in great arching Classical curves round the lawn and in and out of the flower borders, I'd have been a bit sick at the wonky results I would've got hammering this stuff in with its little stakes. If you want a really neat result with log roll, I'd say you either need to properly know how to what you're trying to be doing, or perhaps better yet - just go the whole hog and employ a professional to do it for you instead.
Log Roll is available from garden centres and DIY shops everywhere. From Focus, the economy version of 15cm high lawn edging costs £4.99 for a 1.5m length; a slightly longer (1.8m), non-economy portion would currently be £7.65 - so to edge or enclose any significant area is going to be quite expensive. The product is, however built to last (or-so-it-is-said, by Focus, at any rate).
The logs are made from pressure treated softwood (ie some variety of pine), which comes from FSC-certified timber. The product according to Focus' product blurb is "Guaranteed against rot for 15 years*" - and while I've no doubt the log roll is going to last a fair few years at least, good luck getting your money back on it after all that time, and if you want to take them up on that offer, I suppose you'd better hold onto your till receipt.
* There is a little asterisk included next to that 15 year guarantee point, which I assume refers to some terms or conditons / exculsions to the guarantee - though unfortunately I couldn't find out what these were from the Focus internet site.
Summary: For people who want to edge their lawns with a border, this a good product to try
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