What is the easiest way to build a mow strip.

Right now I have river rock in my flowerbeds. This looks awesome but the rocks always get moved and in my husbands way for mowing. I would like to put in a cement border to keep them at bay and making mowing easier.
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  • 17335038 17335038 on Jun 30, 2018

    Yes, what you need to keep the rock areas contained is to make a border out of landscaping blocks. There are many styles available in different colors and shapes. Whichever you choose, the most important part will be the way they are installed. First of all dig out the grass in a border area the width of the blocks that you have. They will need to be supported by crush to ensure that they stay firmly in place, do not shift, sink, or fall over. It is not difficult but it will take time to work each one in place so that their tops are level. You will also have to re-draw some of the curves between the rocks and the grass, depending on the shape of your blocks.

    Done properly, the result should give you many maintenance free years.

    Not only will it be easier to mow, but the border will make the areas more defined and give the yard a neater, more professional appearance.

  • Johanne V.Lusch Johanne V.Lusch on Jun 30, 2018

    dig a shallow trench around your garden and 1/2 bury bricks (terra cotta will add colour) at an angle leaning against one another. replace soil to secure bricks

  • Franklinrawley Franklinrawley on Jun 30, 2018

    you can use that black plastic curbing you bang into the ground. this will give you the edge you are looking for and will hold back those rocks.

  • AmAtHome AmAtHome on Jun 30, 2018

    We put the scalloped concrete edgers that come in sections in several bedding areas and they do a good job of "holding" things in. Your yard looks beautiful!

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Jun 30, 2018

    Try using the rubber borders that are available at Home Depot or Lowes. They come in different colors. We bordered our front, around our trees and it worked out great. They are rubber so they bend around anything. You don't have to dig anything, they come with heavy duty plastic stakes and holes are pre-drilled in the rubber, you just pound them in and you're done. The borders look really nice too!

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jul 01, 2018

    Garden blocks make a nice border.

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    • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jul 01, 2018

      If you glue them together with PL Premium they'll never come apart. It would be solid if any of them it. But I know what you mean, my daughter was a gymnast and she was on walls and anything else "practicing" her balance beam routine! Now her daughters do the same thing on mine! LOL!

  • 17335038 17335038 on Jul 24, 2018

    The rubber border does not sit firmly or deep enough down into the earth to have any longevity. Whatever (earth, mulch, rocks, plant roots, etc.) is on the inside of the rubber will push against it, fall over it, and sooner or later will cause the rubber to start slanting. It will not be able to hold up to this pressure, and either warp or crack in extreme weather.