Bender Board - questions

Des Moines, IA(Zone 5a)

Have you used bender board to create winding area's in your yard for containing garderns? How do you attach it to the ground? Is there a product that would work better? I need to 'reduce' my mowing area & create a new large dry shade garden area on the south side of my house (yes south - its shaded by the nieghbors house & our 2 large tree's). I thought about creating walls with flat rock stacking but I'm not sure about that either, I need 'cheap' ideas --- my hubby is on disability which make's the moola not stretch very far.
Thanks in advance for the advice !
Jill

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

I haven't installed benderboard myself, but my landscapers used it to create an edge between yard/garden in my backyard. It came with some sort of stakes that they pounded into the ground at intervals to keep it where it was supposed to be...my guess is that wherever you buy the benderboard they'd have the stakes too. There are also some cheap plastic edging products that you can buy which I'm guessing are much cheaper than the benderboard but in my opinion don't look quite as nice. But on the other hand once you have grass growing on one side and mulch on the other, you probably won't really see whatever you put down as edging! I tried the plastic stuff at my old house and found it a bit hard to pound down into my clay soil, but if your soil's nicer than mine or if you do it after a good long rain it would probably work much better. Or are you looking for something taller? You mentioned stacking rock to make a low wall, unless you already have the rock lying around, a cheaper option would be to build a short wall out of landscape timbers. They are going to be a lot cheaper than rock (although they won't last quite as long, but if you get ones that are pressure treated they should last a decent amount of time)

Des Moines, IA(Zone 5a)

Thanks ecrane3, yeah I think I've heard the plasic edging is difficult to work with, for a stone wall - tho pretty I think its a little too labor intensive for me, I'll investigate the bender board & see what i can do, I wont be doing anything till spring anyway - I was just dreaming & planning --- the key for me is to cut down on Mowing , Weeding & watering next summer. For mulch - I think I'm going to need a butt load (excuse my expression) so I'm thinking I'll talk to a farmer from our local farmers market here & get some suggestions. Thanks for your input!
Jill

Marshall, MO(Zone 5b)

Bender board usually is held with common 1x2 stakes driven down just below the top edge. Use enough to hold it to the shape you desire. I would use 6d or 7d galvanized nails to fasten the board and stakes togeather.

Des Moines, IA(Zone 5a)

Thanks Huffy1 - good suggestion, I was wondering how the stakes were held in place - now I know --- I've been looking through gardening books & catalogs trying to decide purchases for spring/summer 07.

(Zone 1)

What is Bender Board? I've never heard of it, but it sure sounds like something I would like to try in my garden areas! Is there another name for it besides bender board? What's it made of? I'm really confused since I think of a board as wood and that doesn't bend! Where can I find this product?

Thanks,

Lin

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

I've only ever heard it called bender board. The type I have in my yard is a wood-look plastic composite. I've seen it at all the home centers in the section where they keep all the other types of garden edging, or landscaping companies would have it too.

(Zone 1)

Thanks so much ..... I will have to check it out!

Lin

Collegeville, PA

Hi, Lin: We moved from California to Pennsylvania 8 years ago. We always used benderboard in all of our gardens in California, but can't find it on the east coast - looked from Ohio to the Atlantic Ocean. I don't know why it is so available on the West Coast and not the East. It is easy to work with, affordable, and attractive. It is just what the name implies, a very lightweight board that is easy to mold around corners, and stays in place. Anyone have any ideas why it isn't available on the East coast?

~Kimberly

Des Moines, IA(Zone 5a)

I have'nt checked here in Iowa yet but I will come spring --- I hope I can find it & I hope it is'nt too expensive.

San Tan Valley, AZ(Zone 9b)

Bender board is usually made from redwood on the West Coast. Probably not cost efficient to ship it too far as it is already fairly expensive to begin with.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

The stuff I have in my yard (and have also seen at Home Depot, etc) is actually a composite (similar to Trex, etc). I've got to imagine there's something similar that's available on the east coast, maybe it would cost a little more if it's all made here on the west coast, but I can't imagine that it wouldn't be available all over the country.

San Tan Valley, AZ(Zone 9b)

Yeah, the stuff here in AZ is mostly composite too! When I left CA it was still primarly redwood and I figured that I didn't see it here because of the shipping expense.

Marshall, MO(Zone 5b)

It most likely not available due to the local preferences are differnet. Shipping charges never slowed down capitalism.

Akron, PA(Zone 6b)

I can't say I have purchased bender board, but I know the term. I live in PA. I see it used
in the way similar to how you used it for your western gardens...but it is for laying out forms for curved sidewalk. This is how you would set it up. Maybe to ask someone in the wood supplies and ask where this is and see if is comparible to what you would need?

Just a thought.
RatherB

Northwest, MO(Zone 5a)

In our part of the country...benderboard is used to make curves before pouring concrete. Try contacting a company that pours concrete.

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