Since DIY programs hit our television screens, we have been exposed to literally thousands of ideas on how we could add that finishing touch to our homes and gardens. Unfortunately, many of them are no longer unique and innovative because so many people have taken those ideas on board. However, most of the ideas that have been circulated can be adapted to suit your own tastes. Precast concrete landscape edging is just one of the garden features that can be adapted.
Finish Your Garden In Style
Precast concrete landscape edging can be used to line the borders of your flowerbeds and is best employed either before planting your flowers or a couple of hours afterwards to avoid disruption to the newly planted seeds. There are no hard and fast rules as far as precast garden edging is concerned so the creative license is yours to do as you would with.
Your Choices: Precast Concrete
When it comes to precast concrete landscape edging, you have two choices and neither of them are very expensive. You can either go to any good garden centre to choose from the selection of precast concrete blocks available or you can make the precast blocks yourself. This latter choice is not as hard as it sounds.
It is quite simple to make precast concrete blocks, but there is one disadvantage to this way – it will take you longer to complete your garden. However, on the other hand, the garden will be well and truly yours with a very personal touch stamped on it!
Creating Your Own Precast Concrete Landscape Edging
Any good garden or hardware store will have a selection of precast concrete molds on sale and you can actively choose from them to use as precast concrete landscape edging. The selection they have will often vary, with both regular and unusual shapes to choose from. That choice is yours because it depends on how you envision your finished garden to look. Once you have your molds though, the rest is simple.
Firstly, you have to mix the concrete. You will need sand, concrete mix and water. The first two can also be bought at a garden or hardware store and the concrete mix will have instructions printed as to how to mix it up.
Once the concrete is mixed, put a small amount of water in the mold to wet it to avoid sticking and then pour in the concrete. Leave it for ten minutes or so, remove the precast concrete landscape edging mold and repeat as many times as necessary for the amount of blocks that you want.
Preparing Your Garden
When preparing your garden for edging, firstly mark out the area where the blocks are going to go. You can use wooden stakes or any other tool at your disposal. Next, remove any turf in those areas. You can choose to cut the turf to allow for each block or remove the section and relay it around the blocks later. The choice is yours.
Then remove about 1” of topsoil in the individual areas to allow for a mini-trench for the individual blocks. Then simply lay the blocks where your want them and sprinkle with sand to help them to set. In another day or so, you can use your garden as you please.
Precast concrete landscape edging is simply brilliant for finishing off any garden. Not only does it look beautiful, it is also extremely functional too. That is perhaps why it is one of the most popular finishes at the moment. Despite this, it allows you to create something completely unique by using your own creative juices and allowing them to flow. You cannot say that about much these days.