How to Install Landscape Timbers for Garden
Landscape timbers offer a durable edging material for gardens or raised beds. The wood creates a straight edge with a natural look that blends in well with the landscaping.
Landscape timber edging adds a little more character and accentuates the design of your garden. It sets the borders of your garden and further highlights its design and beauty. Landscape timber also is an inexpensive way to make your garden look better and more interesting. They also last for a long time and little or no maintenance is required. They can be bought in any gardening shop or some hardware stores. Installing them is quite simple and you can do it yourself.
Landscape Timber Basics
There are certain landscape timber basics all must know before embarking on such a landscaping project. Like many other home materials, landscape timbers come in a variety of colors and materials. They are similar to wood planks in that many of them come in 4-foot or 8-foot lengths. However, the primary difference is that landscape timbers are flat on the bottom and top. As you can imagine, this makes landscape timbers ideal for building or stacking.
- Mark where you plan to install the front edge of the edging with a pair of stakes and a string. Attach a string level to the string and use it to level the string.
- Dig a trench approximately 3 or 4 inches deep with a shovel. Use your string as a depth guide as you measure to make the trench the same depth all the way along it. Make the trench wide enough to accommodate the timbers you are using.
- Set the landscape timbers in the trench. Butt the ends of each timber together. The timbers don’t necessarily have to be level, but their ends should be even to create a solid row of edging. Add or remove soil from the trench to create a smooth top edge to the edging.
- Measure the length of any timbers you need to cut. Mark the cutting line on all four sides of the timber. Cut timbers on all their faces with a circular saw. If the saw doesn’t cut all the way through the timber after cutting on all four sides, finish cutting the middle with a handsaw.
- Drill four holes along the length of the landscape timber garden with a drill bit slightly smaller than the diameter of a 12-inch spike. Place one hole near each end and two additional holes spaced evenly along the length of the timber.