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Yes, a picture or two would be helpful. Click on the green tree icon and follow the instructions
Probably - do you have access to a laptop or pc?
Yes, pics would be good. Meantime sleepers laid flat are more stable when laid flat, but are okay laid on their edge if only being used in a single row.
So this is our garden currently, we would like to place sleepers along the borders to square it off, and narrow the border.
What is the difference in height between one end of the garden and the other?
It is possible to use two layers of sleepers on edge - our builder did this for us a while back - he drilled right through both layers of sleeper and inserted long reinforcing rods through them right down into the soil to hold them firm - they are very stable.
The garden slopes about a foot and a half, from the top to the bottom.
We wouldn't want to go two high due to the cost, as we already need about 15 sleepers to do one high
So if I understand you correctly, you want to raise the far end of the bed so that it's level with this end - the lawn will continue to slope?
Is this both beds or just one side?
You'll need a fair amount of topsoil to fill the bed.
The length of each border will be 12 metres long and 1.3 metres wide.
Both sides. we're undecided whether to raise the bed or just have small steps down on each sleeper. what do you think would look best?
Ideally we'd like to keep the levels the same so we don't have to level it with topsoil. We're just unsure how it would look with each sleeper being slightly staggered lower than the next.
For a difference of 18 inches over 12 metres I wouldn't bother. Just dig a clear edge between lawn and bed, fill the bed with plants and the soil levels will take care of themselves and be unnoticeable. With a vertical sleeper edge you're going to have to strim the edge to keep it neat every time you mow and it will become a rod for your own back.
My garden slopes a bit more than yours and I have laid railway sleepers level with the lawn to make a mowing strip to reduce the amount of edge maintenance needed but not to hold the soil.
I'm inclined to agree with Obelixx, especially as you are on a budget. good luck whatever you decide.
They are laid flat with the edge of the lawn so yes, they carry on up the slope at an angle but appear level to the eye.
Make a line with string or hosepipe to mark the edge you want to have to straighten the border, remembering that wider borders are easier on the eye than narrow ones. Then cut the turves out and use the best bits to fill in any gaps where the old bed was.
Then dig an even depth trench into which you slot the sleepers. Keep the top level with the lawn so the mower slides easily over it. You can line the trench with sharp sand to make it easier to level the sleepers.