Flower Bed Edging Flood


Old 08-14-11, 05:52 PM
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Flower Bed Edging Flood

I did my landscaping in the backyard and decided to edge the garden beds. The problem now is that every time it rains it floods washing away the mulch from on top and make a bunch of mud making the beds look horrible. It seems edging like this (almost like a trench) would obviously flood but I'm not sure if there's a way to prevent it as other gardens I see with dug edging don't look like they have the same problems after the rain. What do you think?
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Old 08-15-11, 07:35 AM
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Edging that sticks up above ground can act like a dam trapping water to the point that mulch floats and goes over the top like a little waterfall. I prefer to not have a raised border so the water can escape. You need a reasonable amount of slope to your beds to get the water moving away quick enough so it does not puddle and float the mulch, but you don't want it so steep that the speed of the moving water pushes the mulch. Still, it can be almost impossible to keep at least some mulch from moving during the worst of rains.

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