Landscape timbers are a versatile and useful material for the home landscape. Used for retaining walls, sandboxes and raised flower beds, the rustic timbers are inexpensive and easy to use.
Create useful and wonderful objects such as a trellis, planter boxes, benches , tables and wishing wells for your home or garden from landscape timber. Landscaping timbers has many advantages for you and your garden. It makes it easier for plants to grow because the bed can be filled with richer soil than what is available naturally. Also, if you have back pain or spinal injuries, you will have an easier time since you won’t have to bend down to do your gardening.
Uses of landscape timber
Landscape timbers are used to raise flowerbeds, to give your landscape a warm look or to make a readymade garden. Use some compost and topsoil; plant some carrots, taproot, radishes, parsnips and anything you can think of inside this garden and see it blooming with flowers and fruits.
Easy steps to install landscape timber
Collect pressure treated timbers and other supplies
Landscape edging is quick to install. Landscape timbers are round in shape on their four sides, making them visually appealing. Each timber is 8 feet long. Hence to cover the length of 32 feet, 4 such timber lengths are required.
Other supplies needed are:
- Hand edger
- Edging stakes
- Garden hoe or steel rake
- Tape measure
- Galvanized corner braces
- Galvanized mending plates
- Safety goggles (to wear when sawing)
Tie string between two corners to mark the length of the border planting
The first and foremost step is with the help of tape the border is measured to be of 32 feet long. Place a scrap piece of lumber at the end of the 32 feet length to mark the point in the yard.
Second step is to tie string along the length in the following manner:
- Tie one end of a ball of string around an edging stake
- Drive this edging stake into the ground, using a mallet, at one end of the border planting
- Walk towards the other end of the border planting, unfurling the string as you go
- When you get to the other end, cut the string and tie it to another edging stake
- Drive the latter into the ground
- If the string isn’t taut, wrap it a little tighter around one of the stake
Work on the depth of the border planting with 4 feet and 3 inches of two timbers to create an edge.
Use a hand edger to remove sod
Create a mini trench along the length of the string with the help of the hand edger. With the mini-trench (created by the hand edger) in place, now it’s time for next step. Remove any sod that remains within the confines of the border planting, using a shovel.
Rake the ground to make it level
With the help of the garden hoe, rake the ground to make it level. In this process you will have to remove the stones, roots etc. from the ground. When you think you have the ground reasonably even, walk on it, right along the inner edge of the string, to pack it down. Add soil if necessary to bring the area up to the proper level, then pack down again
Cut a landscape timber in half
The next step involves cutting one of your 8-foot landscape timbers in half. The purpose of this step is to furnish you with the side pieces for your border planting.