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Old 04-07-2009, 10:20 AM   #16
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Uh, what part is nice? The dying grass, the ugly black edging, or the car? LOL

I'll post a picture of the "after" when I have a chance. It looks so much better.

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Nice!
The design and the care to do it right. I just overlooked the lawn, I figured you knew it needed work.
Have you ever tried trenching around a bed instead of using edging? Dig out a small trench 3-4 inches wide and a couple inches deep. The lawn will give an outside "wall" and the trench will hold the mulch in the bed. It's kind of hard to do around shallow tree roots though.
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Nice!
The design and the care to do it right. I just overlooked the lawn, I figured you knew it needed work.
Have you ever tried trenching around a bed instead of using edging? Dig out a small trench 3-4 inches wide and a couple inches deep. The lawn will give an outside "wall" and the trench will hold the mulch in the bed. It's kind of hard to do around shallow tree roots though.
I tried the trench method before we installed the black edging, but there were problems with the roots. At least with the edging/block, we could manuever around them. I'll post a picture of the retaining wall tonight.

I'm actually doing the trench method around the rest of my flower beds because I took out all the edging, and there is no way in hell I want to spend more money on landscape block. Nor do I want to install them after the fiasco of having to deal with the tree.

Scuba Dave, that is a great picture and I may have to steal it for another board.
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I'd love to see the after pics, I'm thinking about doing something similar to a tree in my front yard!

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Here are the 'after' pictures. I'm still filling it in with perennials and bulbs but you get the idea.

Not a fun project at all. It was a complete PITA to work around roots and get everything level (especially on the slope), but so worth it.
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Looks very nice
I can see how making it level was probably a pain
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You did a beautiful job. It looks like it was done by a pro.

Thanks for posting the 'after' pictures.
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Great job, you should be very proud of the way it turned out.
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Thanks! I take all the credit for it too.

I'll eventually get the top caps for it, but I'm still working on the other flower beds so it can wait. I'm very pleased how it turned out and once we get the screen down after the grass grows, it will look so much better!

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