Laying Out Square Corners

 
For crisp, neat beds and borders, perfectly square corners are a must -- and a sign of good workmanship. This simple technique assures you of flawlessly square corners every time.
 

Lay out one edge of the bed and drive in a stake where you want the corner. Lay out the second edge with batterboards and stretch a mason's line between them across the corner stake.

 

With a tape measure, check that the corner is square by making a 3-4-5 triangle. Adjust the mason's line as needed until the distance between two points 3 feet and 4 feet from the corner stake is exactly 5 feet.

 

Mark the endpoints with tape and transfer them to the ground with a plumb bob. Drive in stakes to mark the endpoints and stretch a mason's line along the ground between them. Sprinkle powdered chalk over the line to mark the rough outline of the bed.

 

 

 
 

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