The way to Build Your Own Flagstone Mowing Strip

The way to Build Your Own Flagstone Mowing Strip

A mowing strip located along the edge of a lawn area serves to separate the turfgrass from any flowerbeds, walkways and other features. It’s installed in a means that allows you to push or ride the wheels on one side of a lawn mower in addition to the mowing strip surface, eliminating the need for trimming around the lawn edge. Flagstone is an perfect fabric for a mowing strip in case you’ve flagstone left over from other jobs or when other attributes inside a landscape, such as a walkway or patios, also include flagstone surfacing.

Dig a trench about 3 inches wider than the intended mowing strip, which should be at least 5 or 6 inches wide, and deep enough to accommodate the thickness of the flagstone plus 3 inches. The cap of the flagstone should be flush or just slightly above the ground.

Place two inches of gravel in the bottom of the trench and tamp it down. Decide on a flat in addition to the gravel in various places to make sure that the gravel is rather level. Move the gravel around to make any alterations.

Spread an inch of mud uniformly above the gravel, tamp it down and then use the amount to be sure it is rather even.

Break flagstones into smaller bits, if needed, to match the intended mowing strip design. Draw a chalk line on the stone where you want it to break, hold a mason’s chisel online and then pound the chisel gently with a mallet or hammer. Chisel the whole line shallowly on one side, flip the stone above and chisel along the line on this aspect. Repeat the flipping and gradual chiseling until the stone breaks along the line or you can easily snap the stone along the line.

Place the flagstones on the mud in the trench as tightly together as possible, checking frequently to be certain that the stones are as flat as possible. Move mud around under the stones to make any necessary alterations.

Pile a small amount of sand at a time in addition to the flagstones and brush it tightly to the spaces between the flagstones.

Fill in any distance between the stones and the surfaces of the excavated trench with soil or strips of grass you’ve eliminated to dig the trench.

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