The lawn edge with concrete

Concrete is versatile and not only used on and in the house. Even in the garden there are many applications. The lawn edge can even be made differently with concrete. Below we show both possibilities.

Concrete in the garden

Concrete is needed and used almost everywhere in and around the house. Concrete is also used very often in the garden. These are the classic uses of concrete in the garden:

  • Concrete step or paving stones
  • Concrete foundations for garden shed or greenhouse
  • Foundations and walls with concrete
  • Terrace surrounds and patio canopies
  • Lawn edges with concrete

Foundations with concrete or concrete blocks

Casting concrete into molds today, many do-it-yourselfers even produce concrete step blocks and paving stones themselves. Above all, concrete foundations are one of the most important applications of concrete in the garden, even among home improvement workers. The avoidance is made according to the following distinctions:

  • Gravel and ballast foundation (garden shed, lawn edges, paving stones)
  • Point foundation (terrace roofing or carports with supporting posts)
  • Strip foundation (for garden sheds or greenhouses
  • Slab foundation or concrete slab (as massive foundation for garages, buildings, but also simple gazebos)

Different approaches for lawn edges

When building a lawn edge you also have several options. The designs are always professional, but with different levels of difficulty. The optics are also significantly different:

  • Lawn edge of poured concrete
  • Lawn edge made of plaster, edge or concrete block in mortar or concrete bed
  • Lawn edge made of paving or concrete slabs in the gravel / gravel foundation

Please keep in mind the tool and material list, that this is for all three types of lawn edges, so not everything is needed.

Step-by-step instructions for creating a lawn edge out of or with concrete

  • Pavement, concrete, board or lawn edging stones
  • Concrete mix or cement, aggregate and water
  • gravel
  • Gravel fine or grit
  • Mother Earth
  • grave tool
  • wheelbarrow
  • Concrete mixer (in any case with a cast lawn edge)
  • mortar bucket
  • Rammer or vibrator for compacting
  • Paving tool (hammer, spirit level, trowels, gloves, etc.)

A) lawn edge made of cast concrete and with concrete or mortar bed

1. Preparatory work

The procedure is pretty much the same at first, which is why we have combined both options. First you have to dig along the lawn edge about a 30 to 40 cm deep ditch. In width, he should exceed the plate width to the side of each 5 cm, ie plate width plus 10 cm.

2. Compact gravel and gravel bed

Here, a 20 to 30 cm deep ballast bed is created. The gravel must be intensified intensively and correspondingly long. Then comes the fine gravel or grit, which is also compacted accordingly.

3. Mortar bed or shuttering

Now either a mortar bed at least 10 cm high is created or a shuttering for the concrete is mounted. As with an ordinary wall, the curbs are now placed in the mortar bed. For a cast concrete edge, the shuttering must remain mounted for at least three days, which is also temperature-dependent. Depending on the temperature (summer, autumn, spring) you have to treat the concrete. Before that (after filling the shuttering) you also have to condense the concrete.

4. Theses

Both lawn edges can be filled with earth soil after hardening on the lawn side. On the other side (bed, terrace, etc.) you can fill with chippings or soil. The butt joints of the concrete lawn edging stones can also be filled with split. On the lawn edge standing plates, however, can be grouted with mortar.

B) Lawn edge of slabs in the gravel / gravel foundation

1. Preparatory work

Again, the same preparatory work is to be done. Likewise, the ballast bed is massively compacted. Now follow about 10 cm of fine gravel or grit. The paving or edging stones are now laid in this grit bed.

2. Make the lawn edge

For this you need a hammer to pave, a spirit level and a guideline should be curious. The butt joint is adapted to the size of the stones. This technique is preferable to using the lawn edge flush construction, because now you can grout the joints with grit. Front and back are either backfilled with grit, gravel or mother earth.

Tips & Tricks

A lawn edge should always be laid or manufactured flat with the floor level. This is because you can ride the edge comfortably with the lawn mower without damaging the mower blades on protruding stones. The edges do not have to be cut with difficulty. The gravel and ballast bed is used in all cases as frost protection and drainage. Freezing water always has enough room to expand. However, for water-impermeable, loamy soils, you should apply a high-quality drainage so that the water does not collect under the lawn edge.

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