If you want to enhance your landscape and add interest, install landscape timber edging around your driveway. Landscape timber changes into a natural wood color, which blends with the landscape. You do not need a professional landscaper to install them. Here are some tips to install landscape timber edging around your driveway.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need; 

  • work gloves
  • goggles
  • tape measure
  • level,12-inch metal stakes
  • wheelbarrow
  • rubber mallet or small sledge hammer
  • circular saw
  • shovel, half-moon edger
  • drill and one-half inch drill bit
  • pressure-treated landscape timber

Measure the length of the driveway to figure out the number of timbers needed. A standard timber edging board is eight feet long. Divide the length of the driveway by eight. Trim the timber edging to this measurement with the saw.

Measure the height of the timber edging to determine how deep to dig the trench based how much of the timber you would like to stick above ground. For example, if the timber is six by six, and you want the wood to stick up an inch, you need to dig a five-inch deep trench. If you want it to stick up two inches, dig a four-inch deep trench.

Dig the Trench

Mark a line to cut with the half-moon edger. Dig a trench to your depth measurements, and two inches wider than the timber edge. Shovel extra soil in the wheelbarrow.

Pack the soil, and use a level to check for evenness as you dig. Add more soil as needed to make it even.

Install the Edging

Drill two half-inch diameter pilot holes four inches from the timber edging ends for the stakes. Set the timber edging flat in the trench, tapping the timber edging together with the rubber mallet or sledgehammer, ensuring there are no gaps. Drive the stakes in each hole every three feet.

Trim the timber edging to partial lengths, if needed. Use the level to check for evenness. Adjust the soil to make the edging even by packing it with soil you dug up earlier.

If desired, lay a second course. Trim the timber edging, and drill pilot holes. Do not overlap ends.

Drill a pilot hole on the first course and second course. Place the edging so the ends of the first course sit three or four inches from the ends of the second course, and drive a stake in both holes of the first course and second course.

Check your timber edging occasionally for fungal growth. If you don't trust your skill, or you need some ideas, contact a landscaper like one from All Season Landscaping.

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