path problems

>> 11.02.2010

A big part of our yard overhaul is installing crushed granite pathways along the side of the yard. I know that this could look amazing... but I'm not quite sure if we're getting there the right way. While at Home Depot, we decided to use a recycled composite edging material because it is: 1. green (in the eco-sense) 2. similar in price to the metal alternative 3. much more attractive than the plastic options 4. malleable for all of the corners

We didn't realize that the flexibility of the edging would lead to a less than perfect line in the straight areas of the paths.

It seems that warping occurs if you're even the slightest bit off in your placement of the lines. Maybe things will get better as we pack in the dirt and the sod grows in?

Do you think I'm being too much of a perfectionist or do we have a big problem here?
Have you ever worked with composite edging? (tips please!)


threeacres November 2, 2010 at 11:54 AM  

We have a similar composite edging from HD that is meant for flower beds (it looks taller and thicker than what you have pictured). We had issues bending it and had a big problem with it cracking. We tried to cut a small portion of it out to fit around a tall tree root and it shattered. Now we just have a jagged end on each side of the root. We also found that our lawn mower couldn't get close enough to it and you can't use a weed whacker along it. So we installed wedge shaped bricks for the rest of the edging and we love it!

I'm not sure that helps... But I think the granite will help even out the edge and hold it in place.

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner November 2, 2010 at 5:02 PM  

Sorry, I don't have any experience with composite edging. I am, however, really excited to see how your crushed granite pathways turn out!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno November 2, 2010 at 9:48 PM  

Don't sweat it, the grass will cover those spaces.

Danielle November 3, 2010 at 12:25 PM  

I don't have any advise either, but I, too, am looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

Kate@TwentySixToLife November 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

I have no idea really, but I would think that once the grass really starts to grow it will fill everything in. But don't quote me on that ...

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