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How To Install Cobblestone Edging

By Robert Robillard on How To, Mural, Weekend warrior

How To Install Cobblestone Edging

Cobble Stone Garden Edging and Borders

I live in the Metro-Boston surface area where older streets are still paved in granite cobblestones and setts. Cobbles stones make great edging material for gardens, raised beds, pathways and fifty-fifty driveways. Cobblestone edging transforms a landscaping project into a neat and organized looking finished product.  In this article we will prove you how to install cobblestone edging.

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Garden edging provides a formal definition to garden beds, pathways and other expanse where you wan a definitive border or border. A simple asphalt edging provides an like shooting fish in a barrel boundary to plant against, while keeping roots in place.

With cobblestones, the view from the street or, curb entreatment, creates a mural that looks neat, organized and professionally installed.
Installing cobblestones does not need to be a difficult task, and is a project that can exist achieved in a relatively short period of time

Locations For Cobble Stones

• Planting beds
• Herb gardens]
• Raised bloom or vegetable beds
• Walkways
• Patios
• Ponds
• Separate flower beds
• Foundation plantings
• Driveways
• Forbid spread of grass
• Protect mural from mowers and trimmers

How To Install Cobblestone Edging

Cobblestone Sizes

New granite cobbles are available in 6″, 7″, eight″ and iv″ x 4″.
The cobbles used on our project are called “Belgian blocks.” Belgin blocks are granite and rock pitched to give an antique or tumbled appearance. Belgian blocks are available in 9″ x 5″ 10 4″, and in colossal size, which is approximately ten ane/ii″ x 7 1/two″ x 4″.


The first footstep in any landscaping edging or border projection is to blueprint, measure and lay out your project. You can layout-curved beds and the edging with string, rope or a garden hose and so mark them with orange spray-paint.
Direct beds can be laid our straight piece of lumber to help visualize the project and and so marked with orangish paint.

How To Install Cobblestone Edging

Prepare the Base

  1. Once the edge of your cobbles is established its time to excavate with a shovel. Dig a trench post-obit your cobble edge line.
    Dig a uniform trench to aid ensure your stone edge volition be laid at the same height and in a direct line. On straight runs, install a cord line for accurateness.
  2. Remove the earth below course where you will be installing your cobbles allowing for at least 2″ of gravel or stone dust, or concrete and mortar mix plus one tertiary of the cobble below grade.
  3. I recommend using a dry out mix of mortar mix.

How To Install Cobblestone Edging

Install the Cobbles

  1. Position cobbles on your base cloth.
  2. Position the cobbles tightly to each other. A mallet and level as needed to set the cobbles into the base material.
  3. Adjust the cobblestone to the top of the front end line string, and place into the dry out mortar mx, butting information technology up tightly against the end of the trench and the walkway, garden bed or driveway.
  4. Tap it down with a mallet to gear up information technology into the mortar mix.
  5. Check it for level with a level, then add or remove mortar every bit needed and so the acme of the cobblestone is level.
  6. Push the stones against the terminate of the trench and confronting each other. Add the next iv cobblestones in this way, using your sight to guess for level.
  7. Install v cobblestones at a time and bank check for level across them.
  8. Add or remove mortar to accomplish level edging
  9. Install cobbles end to finish and cut the first and last stone as needed. If you practice not have access to a rock saw then spread the stones as needed to avoid cutting, or utilise a cold chisel and hammer.

It may exist desirable to leave function of the cobblestones protruding above ground level, such equally when using them, equally edging for flowerbeds, simply at least 1/3 of the cobblestones should be cached to forestall them from shifting.

How To Install Cobblestone Edging

Cold Chisel Method:

A simple way to cut cobblestones is to use a common cold chisel and 3 pound hammer.  Score a cobblestone with a common cold chisel and hammer all the mode effectually the stone to break information technology into a smaller slice, set up it in place as y’all did with the previous cobblestones.

Fix the Stones in Mortar

To set the cobblestones in thee mortar you demand to add h2o.  The best mode to do this is to use a bristle brush and a bucked of water to wet the mortar.  Wet the mortar then its saturated and then install a layer loam to hide the mortar.


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