In a previous article we explained how you can edge your flower bed to give it a nice, clean look. There are a number of ways to edge your flower bed without just cutting one edge.

For example, you can create a concrete edge. Such an edge does not need to be maintained and offers a decorative addition to your lawn and garden. The concrete edge is also called the in-situ concrete edge and can not only be used to edge a flower bed, but also to surround a tree and to design and create landscape shapes. It also takes years.

Fiber-reinforced, crack-resistant concrete is the ideal type for the construction of a flower bed edge. You can even adjust the concrete edge by adding a liquid cement paint to the mix. The colors are available in red, brown, buff, charcoal and terracotta.

Tools and materials

You need a selection of tools and materials to construct the concrete edge. This includes:

• Saw
• Hammer
• Garden hose or rope
• ¼ "x4" x8 "plywood
• 1 "x1" x12 "wooden posts
• 1 inch wood screws
• Drill with a screwdriver
• wooden float
• Mix the hoe
• Shovel
• trowel
• Edge tool
• 1 "x1" mixing tub
• concrete cutter
• Crack-resistant concrete
• 10 ounces. Liquid cement paint
• Hardening and sealing of acrylic concrete
• bucket

Step by step instructions

1. Line the edge shape with a garden hose or rope. The margin width should be at least 5 inches.


2. Use the bucket to cut the frame layout to 8 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Pack the bottom into a solid base.


3. Hammer the wooden posts into the ground at 18 inch intervals along the shape of the edge.


4. Attach the plywood to the wooden posts using 1-inch wood screws.


5. Cut 1-inch x 1-inch boards in lengths that correspond to the width of the border to use as spacers. Place wooden posts 3 feet apart along the outer shape of the edge layout. Place the spacers along the bottom edge of the plywood mold to ensure an even width of the edge.


6. Mix the concrete in the mixing tub to a solid workability and pour it into the rim mold. Use the trowel to spread and consolidate the mixture.


7. After the blood water has disappeared, smooth the surface with a wooden float. Use the edge trowel to cut control gaps at least 1 inch deep into the concrete at 3 foot intervals. Consolidate and smooth the edges with the concrete cutter.


8. Apply the acrylic concrete hardener and seal it on the concrete. Let it harden for three to five days and then remove the molds. Fill the lawn boundary with lawn or dirt.

(Source: quikrete.com)

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