And The Walls Came Tumbling Down
Not walls exactly, just one of the sides of the Driveway Border. When the snow melted this spring, it revealed that a bunch of the pavers used to create this border had fallen over.
I made this raised border with two rows of pavers. The bottom row is dug a little more than halfway into the ground. The second row sits on top of the first, set in a fraction of an inch, or at least that was the intention. They are dry stacked, without any kind of mortar.
It’s not exactly Old World craftsmanship, but it generally works OK. Except that in places the plants and soil seem to be pushing out against the pavers, and parts of the top row just fall over now and then.
In response, I just clear out the soil and stack the second row back onto the first. I did this again last weekend. As you can see, though, these second row pavers are still at a somewhat gravity-defying angle. I do conduct regular maintenance by giving the pavers a few good kicks inward as I head out to work in the morning.
For most of the gardening season this defect is not a big deal because the edge of the raised bed is completely obscured by plants. For example, here’s Nepeta x faassenii ‘Kit Cat’ blooming during May of last year.
Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) helps out with its own flowers later in July.
Still, from early- to mid-spring the edges of this raised bed and its less-than-sturdy construction are laid bare. So I’m wondering: should I just keep putting pavers back as they fall over, or should I rebuild the low wall surrounding this raised bed – perhaps out of some other material – though I have no idea what that should be.