Expert tips from a professional concrete contractor
Garden edges are a great way to help define the boundaries of flower beds and to make them in interesting shapes. They also help to contain the plants within and by adding colorants to the mixture can be made into appealing additions. Here are some expert tips on creating molds for such edging provided by a professional concrete company.
Layout and excavation
Before you begin the installation of the molds, lay out their shape. For curving forms such as waves and circles use a garden hose or piece of rope. If your edges will be angular use boards to make the borders. The next step, suggested by a professional concrete contractor is to excavate the foundation. Make it about four inches deep and eight wide. Be sure to follow the line you have defined.
Create the mold
Once you have the completed the excavation of your edging, the next step to create the frame. Use the following method provided by a professional concrete contractor. Drive 1’’ by 1’’ by 12’’ wooden stakes every 1 one and a half foot along the length of the excavation. Then using one-inch screws attach ¼’’ by 4’’ by 8’’ flexible hardboard pieces for curving edges. For angular ones use rigid plywood. As spacers, you can use 1’’ by 1’’ board cut to the width of the border. Set on the external side 1’’ by 1’’ by 12’’ wooden stakes every three feet along the length.
Creating the molds for DIY garden edges is important. It helps to ensure that your borders will be smooth, even and well shaped. It will also ensure that the edging will last for many years. Creating the molds can be done in two steps. The first one is to excavate the foundation. And the second is to form the mold itself using wooden materials. If you would like to learn more about concrete garden edges, contact a professional concrete company. An example of one such enterprise is Concrete Enterprise in New Braunfels, TX.