A paved strip between grass and beds or borders means you can mow your lawn without worry of damaging plants or trimming afterward. The ground-level strip enables the blade to cut freely. And making it 12 inches wide provides a stable path to walk on or a dry perch for while working in the bed.
Rubble, a mix of irregular fieldstones, and broken concrete chunks provide ideal materials for creating a mowing strip. There's likely a shattered sidewalk or driveway ready for recycling and perhaps free for hauling. Road-base gravel is a rough-edge, unrinsed material that also works well as a base for the strip. The quantity of materials necessary for the project depends on the length of your bed and the width of the strip.
Here's a list of what you'll need:
-Waterproof work gloves
-Flour or powdered chalk
-Rubble (with at least one flat side) or fieldstones
-Quick-setting concrete mix
-Hand brush or broom
-Garden hose with spray attachment
-Decorative items, such as colored sea glass, sparkly rocks, or other treasures
-Sheet plastic or burlap