Rather than spending all the time and effort to break apart my pallets, I used a reciprocating saw and cut the top boards as close to the supports as possible. This left me with 21” sections. I cut each section into 3 parts (7” each). I wanted to keep a natural wood look for this, but if you want, now would be the time to stain or paint your boards. You could do everything the same color, or alternate a few different ones for variety.
Pallet Garden Border
Pallet projects seem to be flooding the world of DIY! And why shouldn’t they?! If you are lucky, you can get decent pallets for free and save on the cost of lumber for your projects. The problem with pallets... breaking them down. Luckily, this project doesn’t require all the prying (unless you really want to)!
For my border, I wanted my boards staggered and overlapping. I started at one corner and pounded the first board in with a mallet until about 4” were sticking up. The next board overlaps about 1/2” and is in the ground about 1/2” deeper than the first. I continued around the border, changing the overlap slightly as needed to fit the boards all the way to each corner without having to cut the boards.
It is just tall enough to deter my dogs from climbing through my flower beds!
Here is my herb garden now! As I come across more pallets, I have been adding borders around the rest of my sidewalk and flower beds.