A nice clean garden edge gives your landscape definition and texture. Of course, we’d all love a professionally designed garden area, but the cost of materials alone can be astronomical. These lawn edging ideas are innovative and beautiful to give you the function and aesthetics without the high costs.
You can keep your lawn edging as basic or creative as you’d like based on your location, landscape, and budget. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
I love this look, especially for raised beds. You can fill the wall with just about any size of rocks depending on what is available in your area. Use a 12 gauge like this one for the walls. You can buy these at any hardware store. Using wire cutters, create boxes to your specific height and size. Bury 6×6 treated wood posts evenly along your border. Place the wire boxes between them and fill them with the smooth river stones. Finally wrap the entire wall with one layer of mesh wire, tieing it to the existing boxes.
Remember to use a wood that can weather well in the elements. Acacia, Black Locust, Cedar, Cyprus, Douglas Fir, or Teak wood are all great choices. They vary in color and in price, so do your homework. Teak is the most expensive because it does the best job of maintaining it’s look in all weather conditions. However, it is a very slow-growing tree so supply is always in demand. Cedar is more commonly used, yet with age and exposure, it changes color to a silver-gray.
Stone makes a good option if you want a more natural look. The idea is simple, but you may need some extra muscle help to carry the stones and place them in the right spots. Stones of universal size work best for this technique. For more information on rock landscaping, this article might be helpful: How to Install Landscape Rock Beautifully
This is a beautiful sleek edging created with terracotta pieces, similar to brick, but with a smooth finish. If you are in the southwest, or love the beauty of a desert look, terra cotta edging is the final touch to your flower bed! There are several different sizes and shapes to this clay.
If you live in an area with several fallen trees, use what you have and create a wall of your own. This is a natural, rustic, old-fashioned look. This is great if your edging area is large. This is by far the cheapest option.
Creating a raised garden bed is a great way to create a beautiful garden area and clear edging at the same time. If your wood is touching the soil, make sure it is treated wood, which prevents it from decay. Raised beds also add variety in height, which helps flat yards look more appealing.
If you don’t have the tools needed to build your own raised beds, you can purchase simple kits such as this one on Amazon to have everything delivered right to your door.
This is one of the most inexpensive edging options. Flexible metal is easy to install in an afternoon and creates a clean line around flower beds, trees, and property lines. Metal edging also takes up the least amount of space. You can find this at your local hardware store.
Simply dig a ditch around the edge of your bedding area and fill it in with gravel. It may take a little weeding to keep stubborn weeds from popping up, but it’s easy to install and inexpensive.
You can create a beautiful brick edging without the hassle of plaster or the expertise of a mason. Be sure to add black yard fabric below your bricks to prevent grass and weeds from growing between your bricks. A thin metal railing between the grass and bricks would also give added stability to your edge.
Sometimes you can actually use plants as a plant border. Natural grasses work as a beautiful natural border. This border requires the most maintenance but also is one of my favorites. For more tall hedge plants check out this article: Top 12 Best Hedge Plants by Zone!
It may take some time to gather old wheels from thrift stores or flea markets, but wired together they make absolutely stunning edging to your flower bed.
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