As you drive around the neighborhood I notice a couple of things. The grass is greener. It is cleaner, and more closely resembles the wonderful greenery I remember when I was a child bringing home bag after bag full of grass clippings from the neighbors. However, I notice that the lawn sometimes resembles a living dream crase with structures protruding from the top. What a sight that is! We do have grass clippings that come from other neighbors and they are welcome. The question is, what is the best way to trim the grass around the curves in your driveway. The short answer is a straight line, a power trimmer.

I would like to share 7 tips that will help your yard look great around your curves. Even your neighbors will be jealous of your lawn. Let’s start with the basics.

1. Conservation is Everything – Spend time every year making sure you keep the grass to 5 or 6 inches. It is easy to go to your local equipment and purchase a 6 or 8 inch sharp end trimmer. For those of you that don’t know, the sharp end is the part that gets under the curve to prune it. Be sure to have the trimmer on a low setting so it will not damage the curved area of the lawn.

2. Boundaries – Check your property boundaries and map them in red paint. Work out the distance to get to each boundary to work the boundaries. Most home builders set the house boundary at one inch on each side of the house. Most certainly will have the house boarder closest to the house. The boarders will increase your house height by dividing the space you spent to best effect. If you are building a home from the ground up, play it safe and don’t allow for a lot of vertical growth.

3. Stepping Stones – If you plan to build a home around 2 feet high or higher, and you have a number of steps you will want to consider placing them as close to the ground as possible, probably about 18 inches. climbers work the best. You do not want the center stone to be higher than the lip of the step. That means you will want to have the stepping stones, at the bottom of the step, lower than the lip. There will be less stress on the step and it will be easier to push the heavier stones weighing down as well.

4. Soil – With all the emphasis on keeping the sod off the grass in the winter time, you will want to use a heavy layer of course rock over the grass. This will protect it from the frost. You will find a variety of rocks that will work well. Tomatoes and cats paw are the most common.

5. Trees and shrubbery – If you do choose to plant trees and shrubs, be sure that the roots are not going to grow into the concrete. If you are going to be using some type of stone, you may want to only use concrete blocks. A lot of the concrete blocks will be 1 spaced evenly around the outside of the hole so you will know what to expect when they are all dug out. The smaller stones will need to be placed where the branches will join the trunk (the concrete blocks) and will be tied into place with smaller level stones.

6.Managing the content of the hole – You will really want to keep the size of the root ball in mind when you are digging your hole. I know you want to chuck it in deep so it won’t drain, but don’t dig so deep that you cut the roots. As you dig, check for any rocks that may be settling in the bottom of the hole and dig them out with a trowel.

7.Finishing touches – Once you have the hole dug and fixed around the tree or shrub, you will want to add some of your favorite plants. Use a small amount of soil as a starting point and add some of the soil. Add however many rocks and plants to create a flow that is comfortable for the eye. This will allow you to position the items you have added without making it look crowded where the two sides of the hole meet.

These are just a few ideas. Use your imagination and have funPropagating root cutting since you know you will be taking cuttings from it to add to your fountain, or running your hand through the branches to create a few boulders for your eye appeal.

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