Installing Stone Border Edging for a Garden & Patching Grass with a Lawn Repair Product
As highlighted in my last post, I installed a stone-lined bed at the rear of my yard. While I won’t go into too much more detail about the bed itself, I will tell you about installing the stone border edging to that bed. (To read more about the progress in my yard, click here >> Learning How to Landscape aka Building But with Plants.)
As I mentioned I built my bed up slightly (as opposed to digging it out). And while I was not so much concerned with leveling the bed – side to side, I did pull the grade of the bed into “plane” with the two intersecting fence sections. To help with this, I set each end of a super 2×4 (two 8ft 2x4s screwed together at the end) on the 2×4 frame, one each of the adjacent fence sections. Supporting it at the center, I gave myself a visual point of reference, which I used as I proceeded with work.
Below this super 2×4, I pulled a mason’s line between two stakes I set at each end of the bed. At about three inches off the ground, and trying to compensate for mulch build up over time — again a reference point, but this time for the height of which I wanted my stone border’s top edge to reach.
I used a garden hose to outline a snaking bed line, while ensuring I met the wife’s specifications that the bed be at least somewhat symmetrical. Planting the stone edging was otherwise not scientific. I tried to pick stones that would look (in some cases, lock) good together side by side. With each stone, I simply trenched to the point where the stone would yield my designated three-inch exposure.
Now, it would have been lovely not to have disturbed the grass’s edge while installing this border. But of course that was not happening. I needed soil both behind and in front of each stone to compact and hold it into its place along the border. Fortunately, I know the exact product to use for this type of follow-up fix.
Patching with Pennington’s 1 Step Complete
In the post, Building Moxie Visits the Grass Seed People, I picked a “pet” lawn care project. I chose the heavily tire-tracked front lawn of my wife’s flip project (as pictured there). That work was contingent, however, on rework of the home’s lead walks. And unfortunately, as of today, that work is not yet complete. (Am I still doing it? – *man shrug* – dk.)
Anyways, for now, I am grabbing a bag of Pennington’s 1-Step Complete. I mean, I already had experience working with it. Check Kenneth Highnight of Pennington in this guided “tutorial” >> How to Plant Grass Seed. The results from my participation in that experimental work I reported here >> Pennington’s 1-Step Complete :: An Experiment & Results.
I chose the mix designed for Dense Shade areas. I chose the Shade Mix, despite the bed itself being installed in an area of modest sun, for its ability to survive under shade conditions. This blend only requires 2 to 4 hours of daily sun, which by later estimates may be about right for this time of year.
A 6.25 pound bag proved perfect for the area outlining my bed. In laying down a thin matting of mulch product, like I was to do – I actually learned a little bit more by reading the back of the bag. Step 3, which instructed me to water, reads:
- Water thoroughly.
- Keep moist.
- Mulch turns dark green when properly watered; light green means add more water. (<< I mean – how much easier could it get?)
For more on watering a lawn, please see our articles: How to Grow a Healthy Lawn, and also – Tips for Watering a Lawn.
I have many overseeding opportunities at my own house. For this, I will of course be using Pennington’s Smart Seed (Sun & Shade Mix). These unfortunately must wait till I finish with other portions of my landscape work, but still expect more updates on this and others with their premium seed. ~jb
Please note this article was originally sponsored by Pennington Seed.
20 thoughts on “Installing Stone Border Edging for a Garden & Patching Grass with a Lawn Repair Product”
Without checking, I”m guessing Oregon, based on your trip out west. I sure hope I win. And that project? It’s something even I could do. I love easily managed gardens, especially when they’re easily managed by someone else.
ha! (to the someone else bit) and ummmm. maybe . . .
After some nerdy research, I’d say Oregon since that is where they are located. Hmmm… :)
We are having a horrible time getting seed to take in one area of the yard. Btw, did the rock garden edging once…fun, but challenging.
I felt like it wasn’t so much hard as it was time consuming. you are formally entered Amy! thanks!
As for the area of the yard where you can’t grow grass. I am sure that Pennington would back me up when I say there are probably many possible reasons for this. As I half pointed out in this article… even the best Shade Mixes need min. two hours sun… but beyond that — what does your soil look like? Have you done a soil test?
I feel like my own front yard goes through a roller coaster of “green”, “not green”. Springtime it’s lush and gorgeous but then that west facing California morning sun just kills it during the summer season. Go figure. Might have to try the Pennington and see what happens. That and it couldn’t hurt to aerate it as well.
And by the way… I’d assume it would be from Pennington’s Nex-gen Willamette Valley (Oregon) facility though according to their website they also have facilities in Arizona and Missouri so who knows… maybe it’s a mix :D
so happy to see you over here Brandon! and I hear you, but surely not the same conditions I deal with… a good overseed would probably do you right. And depending on how large your yard is and your soil type that little yellow cultivator pictured above might just be enough to handle the aeration you mention.
Check Pennington’s site I think they do a pretty good job of laying out their offerings … look of course at your Planting Zone and your Sun Tolerance needs when selecting your seed, but a local home center would likely have you covered there anyway (by limiting what they stock).
Thanks and you are entered. A very good and thorough answer. I should have mentioned that all the seed in my bag originated in one state. The single largest producer of grass seed in the world. *wink*. Cheers. ~jb
I’m guessing Oregon too and I ave a really good home for that AmEx gift card!
you are the best Brenda and I got you… you are entered. Thank you!
Oregon of course!
I’m with Brandon on needing to reseed a bit this year. Will look for the Pennington!
I got you Stacy! do take a look at Pennington. Thank you! and luck!
After moving into a rental home to live in for awhile while getting on my feet I been looking for solutions to the many landscape challenges I’m facing. Just want this place to look like ‘home’. Came across your site (loving it btw) and saw this contest.
I’d say that the seed came from Albany, Oregon.
Please enter me into this contest also. Good luck to me, to all and to you on your new landscape beds.
entered DragonGirl. yes good luck to you (in contest & in landscaping) and come on back by any time. thanks!
Oregon where the Mighty Ducks live! Lets see how can I entice that gc to head south to the warm sunny and either drought or monsoon ridden state of Florida? The weeds need some competition? Thanks jb and good luck to all!
ha! perfect Ginny. got you entered. thanks!
Really? Like I don’t know it was Oregon. I was the limo driver for you while you were here. Well, maybe not a limo aka ’85 Volvo but you got to see the sights aka really cool ‘hoods’ while hearing my dissertation about grass!
Yep, I was wondering what that visual point of reference. Wow, are you an uptight gardener. Must be from measuring all that stuff for building. Gardening is organic. HA!
trust me when I say, it took me a matter of minutes to set up my “points of reference” I already had the super 2×4 on hand and of course it will be reused. and oh yes, how could I not remember — the sites we’ve seen. ;~) you are entered to win $100 courtesy of Pennington Seed. Luck.
So who won the gift card? Have I missed something?
Amy. @Splintergirl her name was very scientifically selected … via a drawing of a name from a hat on Friday evening. thanks again for playing Cyra. luck next time and enjoy the rest of the weekend. ~jb