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Border/edge around screen enclosure

Posted by cpovey Florida (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 19, 09 at 16:44

Greetings all,

Long-time GW member, mostly in kitchens and appliances.

Now, I need some help with a landscaping problem. I have an in-ground pool in my backyard that is surrounded by a screen enclosure, generally called a birdcage around here.

The birdcage sits almost at the edge of the pool deck, so it is impossible to use a weed whacker without tearing up the lower screens. In addition, many plants done here in Florida creep, and eventually send runners through the screen.

So, what I want to do is create a border around my pool deck, say roughly 2 foot wide. This is wide enough I can use a weed eater without fear, and would also give me a place where I could see plants creeping then attack them with Round-up.

I don't want to go to the trouble and expense of brick, so I was thinking of smallish stones, river rock, large marble chips, etc. What do you all think of this idea? How thick would it have to be-we have very sandy soil. Any pictures?

In addition, will I need some form of outside 'edge' stick in the ground to keep this border area neat looking? Would pressure treated lumber suffice?

I am open to any and all other ideas, except concrete, which would violate an easement.

Thanks, in advance.


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RE: Border/edge around screen enclosure

Stones would look great at first but would gradually be home to weeds and then you'd have to move the stones to get the weeds out. Nope not my cup of tea.

Edge with your pressure treated wood. Lay down a thick layer of newspapers over the weeds and grass that is there tucking it under the wood and put wood bark or chip mulch on top of the paper The paper and mulch will kill off anything under it. You will have to do this every couple of years because the paper and mulch will rot down but it's better than digging weeds out of rock

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