Laying edging stones

We are redoing the end of the garden, and right at the end will be some gravel of some sort, then a flower bed in front of the fence. We want some edging stones (they generally seem to be 600mmx150x50) to seperate the flower bed from the gravel, and was wondering the best way of laying these. The flower bed will probably be a couple of inches above the gravel. Do they really need to be set on a concrete base (the soil is quite a heavy clay type) ? Any tips gladly received :-)
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dave.
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a wrote:

If you just lay them in a groove between the soil and gravel, they will eventually fall towards the gravel but will be easily straightened when that happens. If you want a proper job that will last for a long time bed them in plenty of concrete.
Bob
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by that do you mean a concrete base, then place and add more concrete, or just mortar them on top of concrete?
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Laying a bed of concrete, about two inches thick should do, and stamping the edgers into it will be enough to retain flower beds and gravel.
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Dig a channel for the edging stones, but a little deeper to accomodate the concrete mix. (You can buy bags of dry ready-mixed concrete from any DIY store). Pour it (dry) along the bottom of the channel, then place your edgings into it, tapping each one down with a heavy implement of some sort. Firm the concrete mix around the stones with your foot or whatever, then cover the concrete with your gravel on one side, and soil on the other. Moisture in the ground will set the concrete, or you can speed it along by watering it yourself.
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thanks - I knew someone would come up with a nice easy method :-)
Dave.
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wrote:

http://uk.photos.yahoo.com/marknicesenior
See the one at the link above I did the other week, since filled one side with 20mm limestone and backfilled with soil the other, probably a bit over engineered but spent a bit more time haunching them so I don't have to even straighten them. :-)
Put slabs straight onto the soil as it's pretty firm/sandstone under the topsoil then built up either side with a mix of ballast and cement.
Mark S.
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Friend di this recently for edging his lawm and simply bedded them on about 4" of cement on compacted earth. Neil
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