Give Your Landscape a Late-Summer Edge

Rivers Edge™ Edger

Anchor™ Rivers Edge™ Edger

August is a great time to walk your landscape and plan a few late summer improvements. One easy upgrade is to install concrete edgers. Here’s how to get started.

Easy Impact

Edging products are easy to install and can be used to redefine an existing garden, create a new planting space (it’s never too early to think about planting fall bulbs) or to create a barrier to keep the flower bed mulch out of the grass. Edger products are also readily available — at big box stores, garden centers and landscape dealers. Use our Where to Buy tool to find an Anchor™ retailer in your area.

Creative Choices

Concrete edgers come in a variety of styles. The traditional bullet edger is a classic, smooth-topped product that fits any garden. Other edger products feature textured surfaces that look like natural stone. You might choose a subtle hue like cream or tan to blend harmoniously into the landscape, or a bold color like charcoal or red to complement your home’s exterior.

Getting Started

Installing concrete edgers is the perfect do-it-yourself project because there’s minimal digging or tools involved. Most edgers are around 12 inches long and weigh 9 to 12 pounds each, so they’re easy to lift and transport.

Tamper

A tamper is one of the tools you’ll want to have on hand for your edger installation.

A few days before you start digging, call 811 to confirm where underground utilities are buried and lay out a pattern with a garden hose or string. For step-by-step instructions, download How to Install Edgers.

You can learn more about landscape edging products at www.anchorblock.com. Whatever inspiration you find to make your landscape dreams come true, tell us about it in the comment section below or on our Facebook page.

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How to Keep Weeds and Pests Off Your Paver Patio

Anchor Slaton Plus Paver Patio

Anchor™ Slaton Plus™ Paving System

Your paver patio is a place for you, your family and your friends to enjoy the great outdoors. That’s why it can be frustrating to discover that weeds or insects have crashed your dinner party.

Why It Happens

Interlocking concrete paving systems feature open spaces, or joints, between the individual units. The joints make pavers a practical choice for climates like Minnesota’s, where the soil expands and contracts during extreme changes in weather.

However, those joints can also act as a welcome mat for unwanted guests:

  • Surface weeds occur from soil blowing or being tracked onto the surface of the pavers and settling in the joints, allowing a seedling to grow.
  • Moss thrives in shady locations that stay damp or wet for extended periods of time.
  • Ants love to mine in the sand used under the pavers and between the joints — especially in sunny locations.

How do you keep your outdoor guest list under control?

Weed killers, ant powders or moss-killing fungicides are quick ways to get rid of patio pests, but because these are more “reactive” solutions to the problem, you might consider using a special sand or sealer to prevent pests from appearing altogether.

Polymeric sand can be used as the final jointing sand during paver installation. The sand fills the joints between the pavers while the polymer is activated by misting the surface with water. Once the polymer dries it forms a hard but flexible joint, which keeps ants and surface weeds at bay.  Be sure to follow the directions closely when using polymeric sand, though, as it can stain your pavers if not properly activated.

Joint-stabilizing sealer is another way to lock sand into your paver joints. Applying the sealer involves flooding the paver surface and allowing the liquid to seep into the joints. As it dries, the sand locks into the paver joints. Sealing can also protect pavers from stains or sun exposure because it fills not only the joints, but the pores in the pavers themselves. When applying sealer, have a paint roller or neoprene squeegee on hand to help you coat the surface evenly. If the sealer pools, it can leave stubborn shiny spots on your pavers.

Either of these products can be found at your local home improvement store. To find more concrete paver maintenance tips, visit us online at www.anchorblock.com.