Posted 1st Jul 2016
This flower bed edging made from rustic wooden posts is designed to give bushes, shrubs and flowers a practical support – helping them grow and successfully creating a truly personalised outdoor space
You will need:
- Square soft wood posts (width of 70 mm x thickness of 70 mm) – amount as needed
- Transparent wood varnish, suitable for outdoor use – quantity as per required for wooden posts
- Soil to fill the flower bed
- Bosch PST 18 LI cordless jigsaw (RRP £149.99)
- Bosch PFS 3000-2 paint spray system (RRP £99.99)
- Bosch ART 23-10.8 LI cordless grass trimmer (RRP £74.99)
- Small gardening shovel
Tip: 1 litre of wood varnish is sufficient for approximately 10 square metres. Observe the manufacturer's instructions.
1. Cut the wooden posts to the desired length. This requires firmly clamping the wood to your workbench so that it cannot slip or move. Then make a straight cut using a cordless jigsaw like the Bosch PST 18 LI. Repeat this process as many times as necessary until a sufficient amount of wooden posts have been cut for edging the flower bed.
Styling tip: Using different lengths for the posts will add variety to your flower bed to create a truly unique look.
2. The next step is to thoroughly spray the posts with a weatherproof varnish to help preserve the edging of your wooden flower bed. A paint spray system like the Bosch PFS 3000-2 paint spray system is ideal for the task as it can quickly and evenly spray on the varnish with ease. Then give the applied varnish enough time to dry; overnight if necessary – this amount of time varies depending on the type used.
3. While waiting, you can move on to working with your spade. Dig a trench around the garden bed that fits the width of the wooden posts. The trench should be about as deep as the length of the spade to ensure the posts do not tip over.
Tip: Laying down a thin layer of gravel provides a measure of stability for the flower bed edging and ensures that the posts do not sink.
4. After the wooden posts have dried, place them close together along the trench. Fill in the holes with soil using a small gardening shovel and neatly compact them so that the flower bed edging is even and stable.
5. Trim any overgrown areas of grass along the edge of the flower bed using a grass trimmer to ensure a clean finish. The Bosch ART 23-10.8 LI cordless grass trimmer is ideal for this task; no tangled mess of cables and maximum freedom of movement, will help achieve excellent results. The plant protection bar of the grass trimmer also ensures that the wooden posts won’t be damaged, even if you trim right up to the edge – leaving you with a beautiful and rustic flower bed to be proud of!
Tutorial courtesy of Bosch