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I have just had my lawn reshaped to create a curved rather than straight lines and want to lay an edge between the lawn and the borders. A gardener has recommended using Tegula (made by Marshall's) to do the edging - this would be at the level of the grass and make mowing easier. From research it seems these are composite blocks / setts more often used for driveways and walkways.


I was wondering how easy it is to lay an edge such as this and whether I could attempt it myself or whether it is a job for a professional? I have little gardening or DIY experience! If it is something I could do myself, what should I take into consideration and how would I create the curves? Also, are the blocks held in place with anything or are they just wedged into the ground?


Thanks for any advice you can give!




  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    I have used both paving bricks and a plastic edging strip called Smartedge to divide lawn from border. You can do both yourself. With paving blocks just dig out the soil until the block is slightly below the level of your lawn and lay the block. A spirit level will  help you get them flat. This is fine unless you have sharp curves in which case it is a bit tricky and may involve cutting some of the blocks in half. Smartedge is a sturdy plastic edge which goes down along the face of the grass edge and it gets pinned into place on the top edge by plastic pins. The grass then grows through it and hides it. It will not get caught in the mower.

    I prefer Smartedge as it makes me resist the temptation to keep digging up more grass and extending my borders. Both will obviate the need to recut the edges every year,

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,936

    I'd not come across Smartedge before so googled - I found this video demonstrating how to use it - it's very clear indeed so I thought I'd post a link to it as it may be helpful 


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  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,464

    I have some Everedge metal edging strips.

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,730

    If you don't want to invest the cost of Everedge you can get plastic edging from B&Q.  It won't last as long as steel but it's a fraction of the price and will certainly do the job. Also, unlike Smartedge it comes in shorter sections which may be easier to handle.

  • Hi all we will soon be making edging's out of recycled rubber, this would be very flexible and strong and come in many different colour's. what's your thoughts on it?

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Sounds interesting - have you got a link?

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  • i have a link to some of our other great products we do, a but will be making some recycled rubber edgings next week so i will post some pictures for you all to see please take a look on our fb page we also do concrete gravel coated edgings

  • richhondacrichhondac Posts: 222
    I have used everedge. For one of my borders it's expensive but worth it. Blocks are only really any good for gentle curves unless you want to cut some bricks.
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