How Wide A Mowing Strip Should Be – With Extra Tips!

Have you ever thought of creating a mowing strip in your yard? With the right tools, you can build a mowing strip in your yard in just a few hours. But to get the right materials, you need to know how wide a mowing strip should be!

A mowing strip should be about 6-12 inches wide. A smaller mowing strip (around 6 inches) will make your garden look neat and pretty, whereas a larger mowing strip (12 inches) can also serve as a walking path. The best width of a mowing strip depends on its purpose, as well as the size of your garden.

A mowing strip is a flat, paved strip at the edge of a lawned area, separating grass from other areas of landscaping. They also separate grass from hard structures like fences or walls. Sometimes it is referred to as an edging strip that lawnmower wheels will ride along.

What is the best mowing strip size and material?

The best size for a mowing strip is a 6-12 inch width. The length of the strip will depend on the size of your garden and flower beds.

If we look at the materials used for a mowing strip, people use miscellaneous items, including plastic and metal, to build mowing strips. Ideal materials for your mowing strips would be easy to find and easy to work with. We recommend rubble, gravel, and concrete as materials ideal for creating a mowing strip. These are hardy and long-lasting compared to other materials that may need replacing after a few years. Concrete can be harder to fit into your desired strip shape, but a multi-purpose diamond blade saw does the trick to cut concrete after it is dry.

But if you are looking for something cheap, you can also use plastic because it is one of the cheapest ones to find. If the price is not a concern, you can go for timber or stone mowing strips. The number of materials needed for this project will depend on the length and width you need.

How do you make a mowing strip?

Making a mowing strip can be a lot easier than it seems. It’s simple enough for you to do yourself without needing professional help. Follow the steps below to design and make your own mowing strip using gravel, rubble, sand, and concrete:

First, decide on the materials you are going to use and gather all the necessary tools.
Then, mark the area where your mowing strip is going to be. Dig a shallow trench (6 to 8 inches deep) using a trade steel shovel.
Fill the trench with a 1-2 inch deep layer of sand and cover the sand layer with a 1-2 inch deep layer of gravel.
Next, place larger stones (fieldstones or rubble) at ground level with their flat sides up. Create a levelled surface by adding gravel under stones. Leave some gaps (around 1 inch wide) between the pieces. Then fill these gaps with gravel until the area is level.
Pour a concrete mix into the gaps. Remove any excess off the adjacent rubble.
Gently sprinkle water until the concrete surface is saturated. Then, apply a dry concrete mix to level and saturate it again.
Cover the newly built mowing strip with a sheet of plastic to keep the concrete wet while it cures. Keep it covered for two days before use.

how wide should a mowing strip be?

Why are mowing strips good?

The main benefit of mowing strips is that they allow you to mow your lawn without worrying about damaging plants. They also block aggressive plants and weeds from invading your lawn. Mowing strips will improve water drainage in your garden and prevent puddles of water from forming. They can act as a barrier to prevent your fertilizers and pesticides from moving between flower beds and grass. Mowing strips can also help save your flower beds from over-enthusiastic pets who love to dig.

They also help tidy up the garden and can add a pretty pathway around the yard. A mowing strip is handy when trying to mow under trees and around tree roots. For the most part, though, mowing strips are great for preserving your garden and lawns separately.

What materials can be used for a mowing strip?

We can make mowing strips from a variety of materials. But these materials should be flat paving units that will allow a mower to move over them without any hindrance. Concrete, bricks, block pavers, and gravel are some common materials we usually use to make mowing strips. One of the most used building materials is concrete. But some homeowners also use materials like plastic and metal (especially steel or aluminium).

The best width and materials for a mowing strip

How do you use a mowing strip?

A mowing strip can have many uses in a garden. Its use will actually depend on how and why you install it. If you build a mowing strip to separate your flower or vegetable beds from the rest of the lawn, it will help you to keep out aggressive plants and weeds. It will also prevent the runoff of fertilizers and help water drainage. A mowing strip will save your treasured plants from damage caused by animals.

If you use a mowing strip around a tree, the roots of the tree will get better water absorption.  If your mowing strip is built against a hard surface like a wall or stone, it will help you to mow the edges of this surface easily. A wide mowing strip (around 12 inches of width), can also be used as a pathway.

Ultimately, a mowing strip can help your garden in many ways. It can improve drainage in the garden, block weeds, add a unique look to your garden, and keep pests at bay. You can easily build a mowing strip on your own. When designing a mowing strip, you should consider many factors like the size of your garden, the purpose of the mowing strip and the expenses you will have to bear, but overall it shouldn’t be a super expensive project.

To create the best mowing strip possible, you need quality gardening tools. Canberra Diamond Blade is here to supply tools for your building and gardening needs! We also have lots of handy chainsaw and gardening advice in our resources. Be sure to check out our other mowing articles such as Sharpening riding mower blades and How to choose a robot mower.

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