How to Border a Lawn

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How to Border a Lawn

The lawn and landscape of a home is the first thing visitors see when they approach, and it creates a lasting impression on guests. Many different materials can border a lawn, including bricks, decorative rocks, plants, and even bottles. With so many possible choices and techniques, bordering a lawn is intimidating for many homeowners. However, with some simple guidelines, it is quick and easy for homeowners to create a beautiful border for their lawn.


Choosing Borders

When choosing a material with which to border their lawn, landscapers should consider the style of their house and the environment where they live. Landscapers who live in areas prone to severe weather may want to choose durable materials such as brick and rock rather than delicate materials such as glass bottles or shells. Some materials may be more plentiful in certain areas. For example, seashells are likely easier to find in areas by the ocean than in landlocked areas.


Defining Borders

After selecting materials to create borders, landscapers should define the borders on their lawn. One simple way for landscapers to define borders is by laying out a garden hose on the area, as an outline for the borders. This is especially useful when landscapers create the shape of curved flowerbeds or walkways, because landscapers can easily adjust the garden hose until it is in the desired shape. While defining borders, landscapers should examine them from several angles before determining they are final. When landscapers are satisfied with the shape of the borders, they should mark a line using spray paint or chalk.


Digging a Trench

After marking the border areas on the lawn, landscapers need to dig a trench for the border materials. To get an idea of the approximate width of the trench, landscapers should position some of the border materials on the centre of the marked line. Then, landscapers should dig a trench along the marked line, slightly wider than the border materials. Landscapers should dig the trench 1 to 2 inches deep for the materials themselves, and another 2 inches deep for a layer of sand to help prevent weeds from growing in between border materials. After digging the trench, landscapers should then fill it with 1 or 2 inches of sand and tamp it down so it is firm.


Placing the Border

After digging the trench and filling it with sand, landscapers should place the border materials. Landscapers should place the border materials in a line along the trench while making sure the border is level. For a level border, carpenters can use a carpenter's level. If the border is not level at any point, landscapers can tap the border with a rubber mallet to flatten it out. 

Digging Inside the Border

After placing the border, landscapers can work on any garden, flowerbeds, or other areas that are not clear of grass or weeds. If creating a new garden or flowerbed, landscapers can install weed fabric to prevent weeds from growing in the future and cover it with small rocks or mulch.


Installing Plastic Edging

After placing the border, landscapers should install plastic edging behind it to prevent grass or other plants from spreading inside or outside of the border. Plastic edging is affordable and hides easily behind borders. Since plastic edging comes in a variety of colours, landscapers should carefully consider the colours in their lawn and choose a colour that blends easily into the surrounding area to camouflage the plastic edging. To hide plastic edging behind a border, landscapers can simply pound it into the ground behind the border materials using a rubber mallet.


How to Buy Supplies to Border a Lawn on eBay

The sellers on eBay offer a large selection of supplies to border a lawn. You can start your search using the basic or advanced search feature located on every page, and refine your initial results by selecting options such as colour or style from the options menu. If you have a budget, you can limit your results to those within your price range. Make sure to review each seller's policies and feedback before selecting a seller to work with, and review each item description carefully before committing to purchase an item.

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