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Garden Aesthetics Improvement

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This is my first instructable hope that it is a useful and may possibly inspire others out there. The following will explain how to make a mulch border around your garden. The garden border's purpose is to ultimately improve the appearance of the edge of the garden. But it will also make for a nice flower bed, reduce weeds the creep into the garden and allow for easier mowing and weed whacking.
 
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Step 2: Preparation

My garden is 25LX10W this gives me a total 70ft perimeter I planned to have the border be about one foot wide. The six bags of mulch was plenty for this job with a little excess. I decided to just cover the existing grass this the ground cloth. But make sure that your grass is trimmed up short, this will make things easier later on.

First I laid out the cloth along the length of the garden with a foot of excess on each end. I then cut the 25ft side first then I continued to cut the shorter 10ft. side.
The cloth is 30 inches wide so made a cut strait down the middle of the cloth so that I had four 15 inch wide strips for the sides.

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mbcannon605 years ago
I like your instructable! Your new garden border looks really nice and I bet it helps for mowing/weedwacking purposes between the flowers and up against the fence. I am going to do this on my garden too. Thanks!
Jason_G5 years ago
Your addition does improve the garden aesthetic. Personally, I would skip the fabric. Its better than plastic, but a heavy native mulch should keep the weeds out. The misconception is that plastic and fabric keeps weeds from springing up. What really happens is they cut off air (bad for microbes) and weed seeds carried by birds or blown-in end up growing *above* the barrier (completely negating the purpose of the barrier to being with).
ttfnlsa5 years ago
Nice, I plan on doing this. Thanks