Making your own wooden landscape edging is easy and can give a rustic feel to any garden. Using long planks is a simple way of marking the edges of a garden and can be used successfully for square or wide-sweeping curves in gardens. But for gardens with tight curves, using smaller wood-block pieces is more efficient.
Long Plank Edging
Edge the perimeter of your garden to establish a straight line with either a motorized edger or with a flat shovel. Remove any grass or obstacles that might be in the way and level the ground into a four-inch-wide, 1-inch-deep trench around the outside of the garden to allow the planks to sit straight.
Cut the furring strips into 12-inch lengths using either an electric saw or a handsaw.
Drive the 12-inch furring strips into the ground at about 4-foot intervals around the perimeter of the garden.
Place the edging planks on their sides, standing up next to and inside the stakes that have been driven at the edges of your garden. Add an additional furring strip at the end of each plank for extra support.
Drive the furring strips into the ground inside of the planks--on the opposite side of the boards than the other stakes--as close to the planks as possible wedging them in between the strips that are on the outside and the strips on the inside. Position these strips the same distance apart as the first, but offset from the first set. Use one strip at each end of each plank as well.
Short Wood-Block Edging
Edge around the garden to form the perimeter line using an electric edger or shovel. Dig away some of the dirt to form a six-inch wide trench around the garden that is 2 inches deep.
Cut the wood planks, thick branches, logs, cedar shakes, or other wooden pieces into varying lengths of at least 8 inches long.
Drive the pieces of wood--standing on end--into the ground using the sledgehammer until at least 4 inches of the block have been buried into the dirt.
Drive the next piece directly next to it in alignment within the trench and continue the process, alternating the length of the boards to create a variegated edge to the garden.
Fill dirt up to the edges of the boards and tamp down around blocks to firmly set them into the ground.
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