Add interest and cohesion to your outdoor garden beds with stone edging. Installing stone pavers is a low-cost and attractive way to spice up an ordinary flower or herb garden. Select pavers that complement your home's outdoor decor and the overall feel of the landscaping. An example of a stone paver is a simple brick, but there are many more varieties you can find at your local home and garden store.
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Things you need
- long thick rope or a garden hose
- square spade
- stone pavers (enough to wrap your garden)
- roll(s) of landscape fabric
- sharp scissors
- bag(s) of sand
- 1 level
- 1 tarp
Measure the length of your garden and take that measurement with you to a home and garden store. As you look at garden paver stones, keep sizes in mind to calculate how many stones you will need to form your garden edge. "Remember that they need to be strong and durable, so they last a lifetime. You can choose from brick pavers, concrete pavers, precast concrete pavers and natural stone pavers. Basically, the pavers should blend with the rest of your landscape and architectural features," writes the Paver Search website
Spread out your tarp in front of the garden and place your spade, trowel, level, bag of sand, landscape fabric, scissors and pavers on the tarp. This allows your tools and materials to be within easy reach and prevents you from going back and forth to the garden shed.
Set up your stone border. To do this, lay several stone pavers at the edge of the garden in the direction you want to line the garden. Then, stretch out a long, thick rope or a garden house in front of the pavers and curve it around the garden edge. The rope or hose simply serves as a guide for placing additional pavers. See the photo example on the Reader's Digest page, located in the Reference Section. Continue laying out the pavers until you have about 10 in a row.
Cut out a "trench" beneath the pavers using a square spade. To do this, take the spade and lightly cut around the border of the pavers, leaving about an inch border between the paver and the ground. The trench should be about 4-inches deep, and the hole should be about an inch wider than the paver, recommends Reader's Digest. You will need to remove the pavers before digging out the trench with the spade. See a photo of the trench by following the Reader's Digest link in the Resources Section.
Cut a strip of landscape fabric to fit the trench. Landscape fabric is used to suppress weeds. Then, open a bag of sand and line the trench with the sand. You will want to fill it with about two inches of sand, advises Reader's Digest. Smooth out the sand with a hand trowel.
Lay down your pavers on top of the sand. Use any design you would like. Be creative. Paver Search recommends laying the pavers "side by side, making sure that they are always level with each other, and knock them into the sand bedding." Finally, fill gaps between the pavers with extra sand. Check the evenness of the border with a level. Your design does not have to be perfect, but try to make the edge as even as possible. The pavers eventually should sit more flush to the ground as they settle.
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