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A great way to tidy up your lawn edges (if you're prepared to put the effort in).
Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging
Member Name: Randal
Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging
Date: 16/04/11, updated on 30/04/12 (370 review reads)
Advantages: Long lasting
Disadvantages: Need to do some initial ground preparation
It's always nice to have a tidy garden, and those of you with flower beds will know how difficult it can be to keep that edge between the lawn and the flower bed neat and tidy. Very often, the grass will run into the bed and you start to lose the definition of the straight or curved line edge between the 2. Hence this Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging can be used to tidy up that edging.
I have a couple of large flower beds in the front garden and ended up buying 4 packs of this edging to tidy up the edge around them. I paid £7 for each roll from Amazon, which at the time was towards the bottom end of the price scale. Each roll is 6 feet long and 6 inches high, but you can get variations that are taller. The best way to describe it is if you imagine a load of 6 inch high logs that have been cut in half lengthways. The halves have then been placed side by side and fixed together with a length of wire across the back which has been nailed to the back of each one. You then have the curved part of the log facing the front, with the flat section and wire at the back. The whole lot is then flexible lengthways so that you can shape it to fit any border, and by putting a few lengths together, you can create long runs to encompass a large flower bed. If it is too long, you can always cut a few logs off by snipping through the wire.
There are a number of ways in which you can place this edging along a border. You can just place it on top of the edge between the lawn and the bed, but that doesn't really create a robust edge. A better way which I've used is to dig out a small trench along the edge and to then bury about 3 inches of the edging all the way along into the trench, and then back fill the soil against the edging. I've found that this then holds it firmly in position. Of note, the wood itself has been pressure treated to prevent (or at least slow down) the process of rotting. Obviously it you put an untreated wooden object on moist or damp ground, the moisture will penetrate and eventually cause rot. This pressure treatment of this edging slows that penetration process down, meaning that your edging will last longer once installed, and it does come with a one year warranty when first purchased.
Durability wise, what's it like? Well, I set my edging up about 18 months ago and it still looks good. When you first get it, it comes in a sort of browny orange colour where it has been pressure treated. But over time, and with exposure to the elements, the orange fades slightly and the wood takes on an aged effect which does look quite good and a little quirky. But it is still sturdy and firmly in place.
To balance the review, the only thing that may be a little annoying is when you come to cut the grass. With the curved bits of the logs pointing outwards, it can be difficult to get your lawnmower right up to the edge to cut the grass, especially into those gaps where the 2 logs come together along their edge on the curved side. Hence, you can end up with long strands of grass being left in the gaps after you've run the lawnmower past. I can normally deal with most of these strands by getting the strimmer out to cut them, which seems to get nicely into the gaps between the logs. Ok, it's another laborious process getting the strimmer out to get a tidy cut edge on your lawn, but to me, when it is done, it does leave a very neat finish against the logs which is worth the effort.
In summary, whilst it can take a bit of effort to fix the edging firmly in place, the long term benefits and visual appeal make it all worth while. Hence, if you are prepared to put the initial effort in, this Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging comes highly recommended.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
Summary: Great visual appeal when set correctly.
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