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Project by Mark posted 08-26-2011 10:17 PM 3868 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple (but heavy) one-day project that I think really added some character to an Arborvitae line in the front of my home. It also neatened things up a bit, providing a clean maintenance edge for mowing and weed whacking. It’s always nice to do something aesthetic that results in lower maintenance right? Seems to rarely be the case!

You can see what I did in the pictures above and there are additional shots on my web site if anyone is interested in doing something similar and wants to see and read about more of the design and procurement details – http://www.all-about-the-house.com/natural-stone-landscape-border/

I used about half a pallet of Colonial Flagstone for this, and I chose this stone as it was low-profile. I think I’d like to do something similar with large Delaware River stone (mini-boulders) in the future as well. But for this particular landscape edge, I wanted high stability (for lawn mower collisions) and I didn’t want the look to compete too much with the Belgian block border I have on the driveway.

Got a really good work out with this project!

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com



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jroot

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posted 08-27-2011 06:43 AM

You did a fabulous job, Mark. It looks really very impressive. Well done!

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 08-27-2011 08:36 AM

Nice job Mark.That stone really makes that area look great.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Mark

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posted 08-27-2011 05:09 PM

Thanks guys – it’s not fancy but it surely tightened things up. It just didn’t seem “finished” before.

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 08-28-2011 04:19 PM

The flagstones look wonderful and it will definitely make mowing easier. I am just wondering, did you put anything under the stones to prevent the grass from growing up between them?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Mark

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hardiness zone 7a

posted 08-29-2011 09:00 PM

I didn’t RFG – I definitely could have, though: perhaps a thin strip of weed felt. I tried my best to pack the stones together pretty tightly much like a jigsaw puzzle with some “jagged character” at the stone edges so there are indeed some cracks. Has been a few weeks – and no real problem so far with grass so far, but the test will be in the fall, of course, especially as I spot seed the lawn to address what we might call ‘summer repairs.’

You raise an excellent point here for sure – a little weed felt on a border like this would very likely be a few extra dollars well spent. Thank you!!

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com

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MsDebbieP

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posted 08-30-2011 03:55 PM

oooh the work!!! But the end result: beautiful!
Looks gorgeous.
(I hope you don’t end up having to lift it all up to put a barrier underneath).

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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