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Garden edging

Creating garden edging is one of the easiest and most practical ways to keep your garden looking tidy.

Keep your garden looking tidy with timber garden edging

As seen in kiwigardener

You will need



Before you begin:  Work out how much timber you will need. We created edging boxes around our new fruit trees, but you can also use this edging around garden beds or to line the edge of your grass.

Get creative:  Don’t limit yourself to square edging around trees – try creating a hexagon shape.


How to create garden edging:

Step 1 - cut timber to size Step one
Cut your timber to size. For each box we cut two lengths at 1200mm and two lengths 25mm shorter (the thickness of our timber) so that when it’s assembled it makes a perfect square.

Step 2 - stain the timber edging Step two
Stain each length of timber with two coats of Resene Waterborne Woodsman penetrating oil stain brought to you by in the colour of your choice, allowing each coat to dry.

Step 3 - mark out where the edging goes with string Step three
Use string (builder’s line) to mark out where your edging needs to go. Set the height of the string to the final height of the edging. As we were creating edging around trees, we used the string to keep our boxes in line with each other.

Step 4 - dig out the grass along your string lines Step four
Dig out any grass along your string lines to even out the ground and create a shallow trench.

Step 5 - place timber along string line Step five
Put the timber in place with the top just touching the string line. Knock the pegs in where needed with one at each corner and each join (if you have any).

Step 6 - level and screw timber to pegs Step six
Screw the timber to your pegs, as shown. Use the spirit level to ensure your edging stays level. You may find a clamp or an extra pair of hands helpful.

Step 7 - refill the trenches, remove string line Step seven
Re-fill the trenches with soil, smoothing out any dug-up soil. Remove the string line.

Step 8 - add mulch around plant for a professional look Step eight
To complete the look, add a layer of mulch around the plants. This will not only help them grow but will also make your DIY project look smart and professional.

Words and photos by Klaudia Krupa

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