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Securing landscape timbers

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by mpm32, May 15, 2007.

  1. mpm32

    mpm32 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 58

    I'm installing timbers, 4"x6" as a border to contain mulch for a swingset/playground area. Any ideas to secure it to the ground? I was thinking of using 30" pieces of galvanized pipes sledgehammered through pre-drilled holes. My only concern with that is how to make the tops of the pipes kid friendly? They will be hammered flush.

    Any other ideas?

    MILSINC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 175

    You could use cut pieces of rebar, or 12" spikes (big-ass nails).
  3. leejp

    leejp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    If it's a flat area and you don't have to stack the timbers... do what I did... I think you'll like it much better. Trench and bury the timbers so the top surface is flush with your lawn, line the playset area with weed block and fill it with peastone/peagravel so that the peastone is slightly below the timber but not so far that it's a trip hazard.

    There are manay advantages to this approach.

    • The lawn and peastone will keep the timbers in place without any additional drilling/securing.
    • No trip hazards
    • easier mowing/edging (wheel the mower right on the timbers)
    • Peastone drains/dries faster than mulch and the kids won't ruin their Sunday best.
    • You can blow debris/leaves right off the peastone
    • No need to replace the peastone every year due to decompopsition
    • Grass/weeds won't grow on the peastone
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    Drill through the timbers and drive a 3' piece of re-bar in. The timbers will stay in place.
  5. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    just make sure you have utilities marked....I ended up driving though my water main at my house. 2" either direction I would have been fine. with the rebar

    I knew "were it was" but not exactly...

    then you can use a second rebar and "counter sink" the first one and you good to go.
  6. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    Thanks Marc. I should have mentioned about having the utilities marked first.

    It is easy to call them now - a nationwide toll free number - 811. Works great.

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