The bottom of a bed is a backdrop on which exhibit the shapes, textures and colors of a particular set of plants. The side walls of a house, a stone wall, a wooden fence, a trellis and hedges are potential funds for an edge. If you create a border along a sunny wall of the house, for example, and installed a trellis for it to climb a climbing rose at the base will be a tapestry of lavender and catnip. If you build a fence or a wall to hide an unsightly view or to limit a space, it must be borne in mind that this new construction could provide shelter and good placement to a group of favorite plants. You can also use an existing fence, either very ornamental or rustic look, features to be taken into account when designing the flowerbed.
The fund size
Keep in mind certain basic criteria when it comes to deciding the right height for the bottom of a flowerbed. A wall or fence less than 90cm high can be used as part of a low hedge and as a form of guidance to roam the garden. For example, if you think about building a background element in the front of the property line, so it looks from the street, the height of 90cm is suitable, as this will see the whole house, not prevent it from within Street looks from the street and you see the garden. With a fence higher greater separation will be achieved, especially if hidden inside the set and focuses on outdoor flowerbed plants. A wall or fence funds are effective if their height is greater than that of the plants placed in front.
The walls and fences that are used as a border fund should not lose sight of local regulations to determine their position, height and materials. When placed on the line between two properties, courtesy indicates that you should consult a neighbor, and also so you can get them to share costs and subsequent maintenance.
Materials for walls and fences
You’d better choose materials according to the style of the garden, the architecture of the house and existing surfaces (roads and yards). For example, a solid brick wall will be suitable for a traditional or a house and a formal garden that need a shelter from the wind, whereas white picket fence targeted will be perfect for a Victorian house with an informal garden.
The walls of brick, adobe or stone are the most durable and stable funding, are strong, self-sustaining and may even contain a slope land. The stone walls are built with stones (stones with perfectly cut faces) or rustic stone mortar that binds or stacked in what is called “drywall” or “drywall”. The stone walls together with mortar require a coping for the rain water does not penetrate into them and not spoiling the mortar. Once completed, these walls do not require much maintenance. If you prefer a more casual wall, rustic look, think in the drywall, which is excellent for marking the boundary of a property and whose stones are replaced easily in case you fall.
A stone wall designed to function as a containment must be constructed carefully to support the considerable weight of the land mass to be back, it is right to make a foundation for these walls will be filled with rubble and refuse help water. It is also often reinforced with buttresses tucked inside slope which is to contain and placed at right angles with respect to the wall, which thus will be more stable.
Instead of stone, you can use pressure-treated wood for use outdoors or recycled railroad ties, to hold massive stepped on a slope. The vertical portion of each step will be a good background for a flowerbed.
Wood fences, for its price and style, ranging from those composed of hardwood cuttings of ornamental carvings, or the upper end pointed (pointed stakes) until they are just a set of simple stakes or split logs. It is possible to build a fence with wood chips or acquired and made available in retail outlets, the installation can be left to a specialist or on the individual concerned.
When choosing the wood to build a fence, you must choose a variety lasts preferably pressure treated with preservatives chemicals that make it resistant to rot and insect attack, some of these woods have very reasonable prices, but even if you buy a type of softer wood, and cheaper, for the stakes, for the landing gear will be used always harder varieties.
Although it is generally considered to have no contraindications, some say that the pressure-treated wood should not be used near edible plants. In this regard, specialty shops have updated information on the subject.
In the vicinity of a herb garden or a garden, be preferred, because the woods that, by their nature, are resistant to decomposition, such as cedar, redwood or cypress. These woods have better aesthetics and more resistant than those treated, but are far more expensive.
Being exposed to the elements, wood fences require regular maintenance, by applying a special protective product. In the case of a vine was planted to climb the fence, which will ensure that product is not toxic for protecting plants.
The fence posts must be well ground sunk to a depth that is at least twice the diameter of each pole, in regions where frosts are important, each post will have to be in a pit, the least 75cm deep. When it comes to high fences or composed of tables you play, given the large surface area presented to the wind, we must lay the poles on a concrete base. A fence has been placed as upwind repair should be open, not compact, because the open surface will decrease the air force, while a smooth surface can cause the wind to swirl on top, a common wreak havoc on plants that are at the bottom of it.