Marking Out Garden Beds and Borders

This is a creative part of garden construction as it is the stage where the garden begins to take shape. Working from a scale plan of the whole site, mark out simple straight borders using a tape-measure and a garden line stretched taut between pegs, driven in at intervals to mark out the exact area.

As it is important to mark out right angles carefully, it is worth while making a permanent marker board or triangle from lengths of wood. If the sides are 3 ft., 4 ft., and 5 ft. long, there will be a right angle between the two shorter sides. (All measurements should be taken on the outer edge of the timbers.)

There is much to be said for informal outlines in the garden. They are more natural, and in the smaller garden irregular outlines help to create more interest and can give an illusion of greater space. Irregular sweeps and curves are easily marked out with a pointed stick. A trickle of lime along any of the marking outlines will preserve them effectively for some time.

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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