How to do scallop garden edging

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Scallop edging is an interesting border which adds beauty to the flower or vegetable garden. Normally, the material for scalloped edging is brick or stone, which can be painted or left natural to suit individual taste. Before purchasing your edging material, you need a plan. Sketch your garden on paper, taking note where the scalloped edging will be placed--all along the garden's perimeter, or along a particular section of the garden.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Pebbles
  • Pointed shovel or rented trencher
  • Sand
  • Scalloped shaped brick or stone
  • Grass seed or mulch

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place pebbles as a visual, where the scallop edging will separate the lawn or path from the garden, to reflect the sketch you made originally. Step back, take a look, and make any adjustments. If the scallop edging is going along an existing garden, you may need to plant more greenery to eliminate bare areas between plants and edging stone, in order to achieve your pattern. This could be an opportunity to plant new, interesting flowering plants.

  2. 2

    Dig a trench with a pointed shovel or rented trencher, following your pattern. The soil you remove should be the same width as the scallop, by six inches deep; reserve removed soil.

  3. 3

    Add about three inches of sand to the trench for the purpose of levelling.

  4. 4

    Place the scallops on the sand, beginning with the area of the most visibility. Use the less-than-perfect edging stones in corners or areas of least visibility. Add more sand when necessary to keep each scallop the same height.

  5. 5

    Use much of the soil previously dug from the trench to place along the scalloped edging stones, covering all sand. Pat down the soil with your hands, while adjusting the scallops to keep them uniformly upright. If you wish, plant grass seed in the soil or cover with mulch. As the soil settles, you may need to add more soil and adjust leaning scalloped stones.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid getting too close to scalloped stone or brick with the lawnmower; the material will damage the blades.

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