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What are the Best Tips for Installing Timber Edging?

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Installing timber edging is a straightforward process, and keeping several tips in mind can make the job even easier. Preparation before installing the edging, laying out a plan ahead of time, digging trenches, and creating supports will all make it easier to install the timber edging. Properly installed edging will last much longer and look much better than edging improperly installed.

Always choose edging that is made from pressure treated lumber. Pressure treated wood will last for many years, while timber edging made from untreated wood will rot within a few years due to constant contact with the ground and moisture. Treated lumber makes an affordable and easy to install edging.

Before installing the edging, use a garden hose to lay out a basic plan for the edging. The garden hose can be moved around easily to get the right look. Rather than pounding the timber edging into the ground, dig a trench to set the edging in. This protects the edging from damage that may occur when pounding into unforgiving ground.

Drive stakes into the ground, behind the edging. The stakes will support the edging and help hold it into place. To create additional stability, drive a nail through the edging into the stake. Ask a helper to hold a sledgehammer against the stake, to absorb the impact when you pound the nails.

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Timber edging looks best when it is completely level. Before placing the timbers in the trench, use a tape measure in several spots along the trench to measure the trench depth. After placing the timber edging in the trench, place a level along the tops of the edging to ensure that it is even. Tap the edging lightly if it is high in particular areas. If the edging is very uneven, it may be necessary to remove the edging and dig down to remove any high spots.

Edging is commonly used to create a border between garden areas and lawns. Edging can also be used to create pathways, make it easier to mow along the edges of the lawn, and hold mulch in the garden. Edging is even an effective way to prevent invasive plants from spreading into the lawn. Timber edging is one of a variety of edging choices, including stone, brick, precast pavers, and plastic or steel strip edging.

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