In the past I have used old 2 x 4 and even logs to create borders which have proved effective in all practical aspects of having border (definition, anti-encroachment and protection) the only problem has been that in general they are not particularly aesthetically pleasing unless you get some decent pieces of wood or logs.
|Old Poumuli tree trunk being used to mark border of an area to planted with Ti Plants and Egyptian Start Clusters (parallel to the Rain Lily flower bed)|
The other material that I have used to some measure which has been effective although not as attractive as I would like has been old tires. Although in this case tires were not an option either.
|Scrapping out of Navua Sedge, Kyllinga polphylla rhizomes and other grasses in order to extend the Pink Rain Lily Zeperanthes rosea flower bed. The aluminium sheet in the foreground was used to kill off grass underneath.|
|Pebble inspecting laying of concrete cap stones|
|Use of board to lay concrete cap stones (I know cord and pegs would have been better)|
I alternated between laying the boarder and digging out the lawn infested with Kyllinga polphylla and Kyllinga nemoralis as well as pulling up clumps of Rain Lilies to separate and replant, although I also had hundreds of seedlings from seeds I had collected and planted earlier in the year.
It was slow tedious work and I was working on other projects, garden and other so it took forever but little by little the border and bed took shape.
|Newly laid border with extended bed planted|
|Third corner added|
|Pebble's assistant Puppywuppy inspects the corners|
Binomial Name: Zepheranthes rosea
Taxonomy: Phylum: Angiosperms – Class: Monocots – Order: Asparagales – Family: Amaryllidaceae – Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae – Tribe : Hippeastrea – Subtribe: Zephranthinae – Genus: Zepheranthes – Species: Z. Rosea
Common names: Zepheranthes, Fairy Lily, Rainflower, Rain Lily, Zeypher Lily, Magic Lily, Atamasco Lily (English) kili’o’opu (Hawaiian) mo’u’upo’o (Tahitian)
Binomial Name: Kyllinga polphylla
Taxonomy: Phylum: Angiosperms – Class: Monocots – Subclass: Commelids – Order: Poales – Family: Cyperacea– Genus: Kyllinga – Species: K. Polyphylla
Common names: Navua sedge(English)
Binomial Name: Kyllinga nemoralis
Taxonomy: Phylum: Angiosperms – Class: Monocots – Clade: Commelids – Order: Poales – Family: Cyperacea– Genus: Kyllinga – Species: K. Polyphylla
Common names: ??? (English) kili’o’opu (Hawaiian) mo’u’upo’o (Tahitian)
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