Bender board is actually not a board at all, but a synthetic product made from recycled plastic and designed to look like wood. It will not chip or crack like wood and is used to create an edge between your landscaping beds and your lawn. Many companies are making this product, all with slightly different names. The installation is simple, once you have prepared the site.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Bender board
- Course wood saw
Measure your bed that you wish to edge with the bender board. If it is not straight, take the time to carefully measure the curves so that you get a close measurement. You can add sections, but it is easier to work with longer sections that shorter ones.
Cut your pieces of bender board to fit the measurements you took. It can be cut with a course blade just as if you were cutting wood, with a hand saw or a power saw. If you have a large project, you may want to measure and install one section at a time before moving to the next.
Dig down into the soil to just short of the depth of your size of bender board. You want it to sit about 3/4 of an inch above the soil line. It helps if you use a landscaping spade to dig straight down so you have a smooth edge to push the bender board up against.
Set the bender board in place and hold it in place with the stakes or staples that are recommended for the product you chose. Place the stakes every 3 feet on alternating sides to give it support, and sink them at least as deep as the bender board.
Backfill up against the bender board with whatever fill you are using, staying just below the surface of the bender board.
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