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Homeowners get an edge in yards with new borders

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Nathan Malmlov is out to give yard and lot features an edging that's not only distinctive, but long-lasting.

Malmlov's new business, Bordertown Borders, specializes in continuous concrete landscape borders for residential and commercial uses. The ribbons of decorative concrete come in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns to accent outdoor presentations.

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"There aren't many people in this area who do curbing," Malmlov said Friday about his and wife April's decision to try the venture.

The borders come in eight primary colors, with up to 24 hues available, and can be decoratively stamped in a similar number of styles, he said. Options include a recessed version involving a one-and-a-half inch facing which a lawn mower can go right up against to reduce trimming. There's also a version offering built-in lights for illuminating sidewalks, driveways and the like, containing easy-to-replace low-voltage rope lighting. Walkways and garden paths simulating a brick or stone walkway are available, too.

Their enterprise originated with a problem the couple encountered in their own Prescott area yard, the owner said. Following just one season as part of their two-year-old home's landscaping, relatively new black plastic edging was already heaving and breaking in spots. Frustrated, they researched other options, eventually discovering the product they now represent.

Once the frost leaves and the ground dries up, which Malmlov hopes occurs in the next few weeks, his crew of four can start installing borders for customers, he said. He plans to get the material he needs from Twin Cities Concrete and the sand locally, as each job is arranged. The concrete is mixed on-site by equipment mounted on a trailer, with powder added to the mix to create the desired color and a plunger device pushing the cement into the chosen form. Customized stamping (among the patterns are brick, stone and slate textures) is done at the job location.

Read more in the print version of the Pierce County Herald April 9.

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