Newest Review: ... height and length of the roll. There is also a lot of variation in quality and finish - some of the cheaper ones I looked at were rough, c... more
WOOD You Like This Roll?
Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging
Member Name: lak11
Log Roll Wooden Lawn Edging
Date: 11/05/11, updated on 10/07/12 (634 review reads)
Advantages: Natural effect, reasonably priced, fairly easy to install, helps to keep the garden neat.
Disadvantages: Would be better if the ends were tapered.
Keeping the garden tidy seems to be a never ending task. Now the children are grown up it is a little easier in some ways; as there aren't as many toys left strewn all over the place, although the pool comes out in the summer as on occasion does my daughter's large trampoline. Sometimes some games are still played in the garden, such as swing ball, French boules and we even sometimes attempt badminton. But we haven't a huge garden and it doesn't take much to for the garden to look messy. A few things left out, the grass uncut and creeping into the borders can make it untidy. Mainly though nowadays most toys left in the garden belong to Joey (our West Highland White Terrier)and balls land in our garden which belong to the children who live a couple of doors away.
But even when things are put away in the garage or shed, the garden often needs more tending to than it actually gets. Now, I like a nice garden, but am not really much of a gardener. I have some knowledge gleaned from my late mother's enthusiastic and successful attempts to create a lovely garden and also that of my late uncle with his undoubted green fingers and extensive knowledge of horticulture. I have to admit that I want the garden to look nice; after all I spend quite a lot of time in it during the summer and, so far this year with the gorgeous spring we are enjoying, have already enjoyed a couple of barbecues and a drink or two (of both tea and the alcoholic variety) on the patio. Long may the sun shine!
My garden, although not that big is reasonably wide and not so long. It is mainly made up of a paved patio area with a small lawn and borders on either side. It is essentially what I would call a natural, perhaps even a country looking garden, with a few trees at one end; one being a neighbour's silver birch with its branches lazily overhanging our garden, and a tree spreading over from the neighbouring garden on the other side. At the end is the garage. In the border we mainly have shrubs, as these don't need too much tending yet provide greenery all year round. This is the effect I aim for.
In the borders I have a beautiful peony which at the moment looks truly glorious with its deep pink flowers appearing; and many different type of shrubs, and just a few flowers, such as geraniums, dotted here and there, adding summer colour to the many hues of green.
But a few years ago we found that the borders were mixing with the lawn and not very neatly, so we looked for something to divide he two and stop the grass growing into the borders. We don't aim for an immaculate look but felt that a little order was necessary if the garden was to remain a pleasant area for our family to enjoy.
At first we tried some green plastic edging which soon began to look scruffy. Next we began to collect wooden log roll edging. I say collect, as initially we purchased two rolls from a Poundstretcher store, to try it out. It was on offer for something like (but don't quote me on this!) two rolls for £5.00. But last year when we decided to remove all the plastic edging (it was looking awful and the grass was spilling over it) and instead have the log roll edging increased to run along the length of the border area on one side (We also now have a different type of lawn edging on the other side). We couldn't find this any longer in Poundstretcher, so we have purchased some rolls from Wilkinsons. I have also seen log roll in B&Q., although I don't think it's such a bargain as it was in Poundstretcher and, in all honesty, to my eyes the log roll looks much the same from anywhere. Admittedly though, B&Q do have more choice in the actual height of the log used. For us though, we wanted it to be near enough the same length to match the log rolls we already had.
All in all I would think we must have bought six or maybe seven log rolls of this type as well as a similar amount of the different thinner type of roll, which I mentioned, for the other side of the garden. Although this other type looks different, the height is much the same and being of wood it blends well.
Once the task of fitting this was finished it looked good and the effect and purpose we required was achieved. The edging made a clear divide from lawn to border but still left the natural look we desired.
Reaching this effect wasn't too difficult, although you could say this is easy for me to say as it was my husband doing most of the work while I, again very kindly, took on the job of supervisor. Before my husband lays a slab, plants a flower etc. he does like to make sure I have agreed the spot! I think many male readers will sympathise with my husband on this, whilst my female allies may see the sense in my supervision; after all, us ladies DO have a good eye for things, wouldn't you agree?
Firstly, my husband laid the edging close to where he thought it should go and when I affirmed his choice he dug it into the soil close to the lawn. He said that although not too laborious a task, because of the flat design of the end of the logs he had to hammer every individual log into the soil and they could only be banged in as far as the plastic coated wire would allow. He thought that these logs would be much better, in both installing and for a lasting good overall appearance, if perhaps the two end logs, and one in the middle of the roll, could be pointed or tapered. This would then enable fitting to be easier AND the roll overall would be much more secure in its fitting; it would go down deeper providing a more secure fit which would remain in a more upright position; better withstanding the elements, and the odd football or two being kicked at it.
In some areas where we chose to curve the edging to provide a natural sweep there were now some bare areas lacking grass. My husband transplanted some clumps of grass which had been dug up for the edging to be placed correctly. This worked well but there were a few small areas still left bare, and in these grass seed was sown.
Now that the first edging roll has been in place for about three years I would say it still looks okay. However, we (hubby and I) can see faults in the design and think simple improvements could be made to the design of the log roll. He feels that it won't stay in good condition for too long as there is already some rotting of the log which has been dug into the earth. This doesn't matter TOO much if the edging is purchased cheaply, and one isn't employing someone to carry out the work, as in our case; we can buy more, as and when needed without incurring too much cost of material. And no labour cost-just a cup of tea or a pint for the worker. However, if you want a really long lasting job and you have straight runs that need dividing, then I believe that the short panels of wooden edging which are available with spiked logs on either end, will perhaps provide a better looking edging for longer; where they dig deeper into the ground they are more likely to remain upright and in good condition than the shorter not tapered edging that we have used. As our borders are curved and not uniform then it would not work for us. This is simply an idea which may suit many gardens.
But overall I think the edging is worthwhile; it adds to the look of the garden, certainly giving a tidier yet natural effect and makes mowing the lawn easier as the lawn keeps to its own part of the garden.
~~WHERE TO BUY~~
Grange Log Edging Green (L) 0.15m x (W) 1.8m £7.98
6 Inch Garden Roll1.8m In length £3.99
Various sizes and prices.
Single size (H) 15, (W) 180, (D) 6cm. Pack of two for £9.99
Summary: A simple yet effective edging solution for your garden, and mine.
More reviews in the field of Garden Accessory
- Good product at a good price
- A simple place for bird brains to get a drink and clean up
- Dunster House Auval 400
- May a good time for planting toms? It's not unusual, Mr. Jones.
- Disappointing and hopeless instructions.
- A cost-effective solution for starting your growing season before the end of the ...
- Super addition to the garden
- On the cheap plant pots from Poundland!
- Watch the birdie
- Should veg really be kept in cages?
- Homebase Terrace Trough
- Adra Welsh Slate Trough Planter
- Wildlife World Solitary Bee Hive
- Haxnicks Kitchen Garden Cloche
- Gardenline Garden Obelisk
- Tom Chambers Fat Ball Feeding Station
- Active Yellow Duck Watering Can
- Ambienté Victoriana Solar Bird Bath Water Feature
- Wilko Screening Bamboo Slat
- Bed Builder Pack