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Using rip rap for landscape border?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by mike all together, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like you did the taper correctly...hard to see pics on a phone.

    The radius will be difficult to mow due to the tightness of it but you can use a trimmer...the reel mower idea won't work because it has a differential and when one wheel isn't touching the ground the reel won't spin, even if it did work it would not be easy to do.

    I don't know how large your lawn is but I have a feeling a push reel mower is going to wear you out. Have you thought about a powered model? You can pick them up pretty cheap on Craigs List.
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  2. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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    A good rule of thumb when cutting beds is to always use obtuse angles. It makes mowing easier and eliminates those tight spots of grass where you can't fit a mower and have to use a trimmer. My beds serpentine around my whole house so I can make one pass around house with the edger. I start on the left side of the driveway and edge all the way around the house until I get back to the other side of the driveway. You should be ok with a small mower and a trimmer but anything bigger and you probably wanna re-assess the radius of your curves. I plan on re-doing some of my beds this year since my 36" walk behind doesn't turn as tight as my 21" obviously. Especially when doing circles around the trees I need to make the radius larger.
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