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Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging
Member Name: Bellroyd
Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging
Advantages: Looks good if installed properly
Disadvantages: Doesn't last forever
During the process of making a garden from a bare plot, we wanted to introduce some informal shaped borders. We made quite a few borders just by laying single rows of old house bricks side by side. It's always good to have a hard edge between lawn and border. It helps to keep the soil back and allows you to strim the lawn neatly.
We do have two borders made from this log roll wooden edging. From past experience, we knew that this type of edging, although visually appealing is no good for heavily trafficked areas so we restricted their use to two rose beds adjacent to the patio and it was my job to lay the edging to my wife's (crap) border design.
After having made it clear to her that I had 3 x 1 metre sections of this edging, she created a border that was too big and she wasn't best pleased when I chopped off the ends. Anyway that apart, I made myself 4 long stakes, each of about 2 feet in length and I made a basic post mix in order to securely fix them about two thirds of the way down.
After the mix had set the next day, I attached the log roll edging securely to the posts, adding a few shorter posts hammered almost fully into the ground to help form the curved shape she had dug out. I just used hammer and long staples to secure the wire parts holding the roll together to the main posts and I made sure that the edging was firm against the ground and as level as possible. Where the lawn edging roll met a strengthening interim stake I attached it to those as well so that on full installation, I has about 10 feet of gently curving edging which approximated to what my wife wanted. It passed her beady eye of approval anyway.
I don't much like this stuff - it's a bit of a faff to install properly, but if you do the job properly, it does hold its shape well, provided you don't tread on it or pile up too much soil behind it.
The edging comes ready treated and we prefer the natural weathered effect so I didn't give it any further treatment. However, you could apply a stain or some exterior paint beforehand if you want to draw attention to the edging. We prefer it to blend in which it now has.
Because this edging is created from fairly small pieces of wood, it will not last forever, so be prepared to change it every 5 years or so. It's OK, I guess and the particular ones we bought were nice and tight. I wouldn't buy any where there were big or uneven gaps between the log pieces and don't go for anything too cheap and flimsy. You need a nice strong galvanised wire if it is going to stay together securely for a few years.
You can get this in longer lengths and different heights, but in summary I would emphasise that if you don't install it properly, it won't look as good nor last as long.
Summary: A reasonable option worth considering if you want an instant border or bed
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