Originally Posted by downunder
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.