Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 58
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lyle Real nice, quality product. This is how I did it.
Form me: I read the reviews for this border product after searching the net for something very substantial with good quality AND IS OF RECYCLED MATERIALS!!!. I found this product to be exactly what I needed.
After reading some negative reviews, it seemed that there were some 'operator errors' which were not the fault of the product. Read and know what you are buying first, ask if in doubt.
The border is of a nice, heavy quality and very workable - if you unroll it, put a weight on each end to stop the curl, (I used a 60 lb bag of concrete on each end, what I had at hand) then leave it in the sun for a few hours, it becomes very workable.
Note: You may want to use gloves after it warms up because being black, it really absorbs the heat and is very hot to the touch but bends like a rubber snake!
Planning and String line:
Before I installed the border, I used a string line placed 30" out from my property border.
For my install, I found the 30" mulch width area is better then the standard 24" being my plants are 12" out from the property line. This gives me a little 'breathing room' for re-mulching later on.
I ran the string line to a few taller stakes to get my straight lines located to establish the border.
I dug down a little deeper then the 5" of the border to give me a little working/adjustment room.
Note: You can use the string to find a leveling line if you keep the string very tight so you don't get any sag in the string line causing a dip in the stakes and border. For this, staking along the way or short string lines work best.
I also used a 6 ft level spanning 4 stakes at once to keep it within level. You can use a 2 ft level and a wood 1x3-6' or 8' ON EDGE providing the 1x3 is STRAIGHT! It doesn't ahve to be dead on, close is ok, you can adjust it as you go.
For making the bends, if you can, make a slow radius bend, not a real tight bend, its easier to make.
Remember, slow bends and curves are easier on the eye then sudden ones. Besides, this product will not make a very tight bend. I found about a 15" to 18" radius is about it.
I then used the 12" wooden landscape stakes from HD placed every 2 ft apart and closer on some curved areas to keep the radius even. For staking the curves, make the curve with the border first then stake it unless you have a very long curve.
Note: You may want to invest in a small 2 or 3 lb hand held sledgehammer as a regular hammer doesn't have quite the drive to 'send home' the wooden stakes.
After I found my starting/leveling point, I worked from there taking into account the slow up and down of the grade but tried to keep the stakes level as much as possible being my property is pretty level. If you have uneven ground I would adjust the stakes accordingly to the grade but try to keep away from sudden ups and downs.
I drove down the stakes an inch lower then were I wanted the top of the border to be. I did this so the top tube part of the border could rest on the top of the stake so the border would not sink into the ground after time.
I secured the border to the stake in the skirt part of the border about an 1-1/2" or so below the tube to the FRONT (yard side) of the wooden stakes via 1 in. fine Sheet Rock Screw I painted up for the job. (I used the fine SRS's - from HD found in the hardware section) so the screws wound keep the splitting of the stakes to a minimum, splitting will happen, but its no biggie).
I back filled the inside (mulch) area first with some gravel/dirt along the bottom to keep the bottom of the edging from pushing in from the front and causing an inward 'bow' on the top tube. I then mulched the back area pushing the mulch tightly up against the border then back filled the front. I have crushed 'pea' coral here in the Florida Keys which was easier to work with.
I raked and leveled the areas inside and out of the border, cleaned up my tools, gave the new border and mulch area a nice water soaking to clean off any dirt and dust, got my 'observation chair', put it in the shade and had a nice cool drink then 'observed'.
I suggest taking your time, DON'T RUSH! Plan it out, get your ideas down, sketch them out if you have to for reference. Try to keep it level as much as possible, get the right materials and tools - don't skimp to save a 'buck', that doesn't work. Take frequent breaks, drink water - keep hydrated and look at what you have done so far. 'Eyeball' your lines form straightness, adjust things if need be.
Just take your time and it will come out great !!!
May 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nancy landscape edging
We looked at a lot of edging and chose this because it is higher than most and it is made of a good sturdy material. We unrolled it and laid in the sun for a day making it very easy to put in place. It has an edge that stays put without staking.
June 26, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Evad Very poorly packaged
For some absurd reason the folks at Lifetime decided to put 8 to 10 " plastic nails in 4 different places on these rolls. I had to use a hammer end to pry the stupid things out. How on earth do these morons expect seniors to get these out of the roll??? Further, prying out these lengthy nails involves doing damage to the edging plastic itself.
All could have been easily done simply using good packaging tape. The user would only need a knife or scissors to cut the tape and pop open the edging in 25 seconds.
June 3, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jhack67 High Quality Landscape Edging
This edging is clearing high quality. Out of the box it is quite stiff, but after laying it out flat (I put bricks on both ends to keep it flat) in the sun for a couple of hours, it was very easy to handle and form to my garden edge. I was replacing some older edging that was ripped and cut from years of being hit with the lawn mower, so I used the stakes that were used with the old edging instead of just burying it. My garden edge has almost no straight section, so I thought the use of the old stakes would make it a little easier to keep it in place while I installed it. I paid full price for it, no discounts or sale price, but I think the value is still good. I'm please with it, and just need to keep the lawn mower from cutting it up!
May 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by David Best Landscaping Edging Ever
A very heavy duty edging which was easy to install after unrolling and leaving it in the sun for a two days to unwind and relax the edging. I used a half moon edger to dig a straight line and then used my garden hoe to trench the dirt away from the garden side and then installed and backfilled. If a large tree root is encountered, simply cut a piece of the material away below the top edge and fit the edging over the root.
A great product! Thanks.. David - Corvallis, Oregon
May 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Don Best I ever purchased
This is the best border I ever purchased. I used it on all curved areas and allowing it to sit in the sun made it flexible. It's purpose is for the separation of grass and mulch and although it isn't a fancy decorative product it still looks good. I'm very pleased with the results.
June 7, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Thisguy Simple, Effective
As easy as digging in edging can be, this was a great product to use. Doesn't need stakes which saved some money, feels pretty thick and tough, put down 160' of it, so I'm tired but it worked well. Weed whipped it a bit and didn't really mark it much, so hopefully that will continue. Lay it out, let the curl relax, put it in the trench, back fill, enjoy!
May 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by gbtiger GREAT PRODUCT
It was easy to install, but you need 2 people. The results look fantastic.
May 24, 2016