When designing the landscaping around your home, you want to have a definitive line between your garden areas and your lawn. Not only does this keep unruly grass out of gardens and flowerbeds but it creates a beautiful visual accent as well.
There are many different choices to pick from when it comes to garden edging -- ranging from upcycled items like pallets and wine bottles to the traditional edging consisting of stone or rocks. With a myriad of options its easy to find one that fits your style!
One of the most popular options, stone blocks can be readily purchased at home and garden centers. They come in a trapezoidal shape and can be laid in a straight line (by alternating the shapes) or used to form curves or undulations in the landscape. With little to no prep work needed before installation, you just lay the edging stones at the border of the garden area, butting them up to the grass. A single row works well but you can easily build the stones higher by stacking them and staggering the joints.
2. Cinder block
Laying cinder blocks on their side, you can create a unique border for your gardens and add extra planting space simultaneously! Fill the holes in with planting soil to give yourself a few more spots to tuck annuals or herbs. Painting the cinder blocks brings another pop of color to the space.
3. Scrap wood
You can create an eclectic garden border using some scrap wood pieces and fun paint colors! Collect wood scraps in different thicknesses and lengths; cutting them down to shorter pieces if necessary. Paint the pieces with a quick coat or two of paint in various colors (or just skip the paint and go for the natural look). No need to make sure they are even completely covered if you are going for a shabby chic look! Using a hammer/mallet pound one end into the ground where you want your border to be, placing the wood next to the previous piece. Vary the colors, sizes and thicknesses to create a unique look.
4. Wooden logs
Fallen timber can easily be transformed into garden borders with the aid of a saw and some extra manpower to move them into place! Cut them to size and lay them on their sides to frame out rectangular beds, creating a rustic design element in your landscape.
5. River rock
Another classic look, river rock is a great way to add the perfect border to your garden and flowerbeds. Collect (or purchase!) rocks in various sizes, and then simply lay them out where you want to create definition. Rocks in a mix of sizes and colors will create uniqueness and add to the beauty.
6. Wine bottles
No more throwing those empty wine bottles away! Remove the labels, clean the bottles well and then stick them upside down into the ground to create a unique border that will certainly catch everyone's attention. Vary the color of the bottles and place them at different heights to add contrast.
Pallets are incredibly popular in crafts and home decor right now, so it's no surprise to see them used outside in landscape projects! Remove the boards on the bottom side of the pallet, and then cut the pallet in half so the slats go from side to side. This will create two usable pieces. Cut the boards that will go into the ground flush with the top side to side piece, but allow them to extend a few inches below the bottom piece to give you something to stick into the ground. Hammer the pieces into the ground, creating your border, and then nail them together to keep the frame from tipping over.
There's always the traditional plastic edging that can be purchased at retail stores. Simply push/hammer it into the ground, creating a defined border between your lawn and garden. With a variety of colors and styles available the plastic edging can be purchased to match any landscape.
Creating the perfect garden border for your landscape is easy to do with these creative ideas. Simple to install, you can add a creative touch without a lot of work!
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