For raised beds or neat borders learn how to lay out the perfect square corner
For crisp, neat beds and borders, perfectly square corners are a must -- and a sign of good workmanship. This guide will teach you a simple technique to assure you of flawlessly square corners every time.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT
Lay out one edge of the bed with batterboards. The batterboard edges should extend about 12 – 18-inches past the planned corner. Drive in a stake where you want the corner. Lay out the second edge with batterboards and stretch a mason's line between them across the corner stake.
With a tape measure, check that the corner is square by making a 3-4-5 foot triangle. Adjust the mason's line as needed until the distance between two points equals 3-feet, the other edge equals 4-feet and the edge opposite from the corner stake is exactly 5-feet.
Mark the endpoints with tape and transfer them to the ground with a plumb bob. Drive in stakes to mark the endpoints and stretch a mason's line along the ground between them. Sprinkle powdered chalk over the line to mark the rough outline of the bed.