whether you’re growing fruits and veggies or herbs and flowers, edging is the finishing touch for any type of garden. it’s like wearing the perfect pair of earrings to set off your favorite outfit! by placing edging around garden beds full of annual flowers and perennials, they’ll look more polished and your mulch will stay in place. plus, it will add character and charm to your home’s curb appeal. for the best effect, look for edging that coordinates with the style of your house. for example, a classic saltbox looks best with traditional edging materials such as brick or stone. a more modern home looks good with the clean lines of metal edging.
You're reading: Create a Beautiful Garden Bed with These Edging Ideas
and we’re not going to lie: installing garden edging also takes some effort! it’s sweaty, dirty work, and it’s going to take at least a half day to install. probably more! get your tools together first, including gardening gloves, an edging shovel, garden spade, rake and kneeler pad. the good news is that if you do it right, your edging should last for many years.
here are some of the best materials for edging your garden beds.
plastic isn’t glamorous, but it’s relatively easy to install. it’s available in short individual sections you pound into the ground or long rolls of edging, which require you to dig a trench in which to sink the edge.
pros: inexpensive and long-lasting
cons: not particularly attractive
shop plastic edging
2 paver stones
pavers made from concrete are nearly indestructible. but they’re heavy to handle and time-consuming to install, so plan on a few days of heavy carrying and digging. you can make paths with pavers, or just use them for edging beds.
pros: lasts forever and very attractive
cons: time-consuming to install
shop paver stone edging
3 woven willow
also called “wattle,” this natural edge is perfect for english or country gardens. it’s used extensively in europe.
pros: beautiful in the right setting
cons: easily damaged and pricey for large areas
shop woven willow edging
4 natural rock
Read more: How to install an outdoor screen panel
rocks are available in an array of sizes, colors, and shapes, and creeping flowers look amazing tumbling over them! simply line the edges of each bed, but opt for rocks that are the size of a soft ball or larger for the most visual impact. visit a nursery or garden center for options.
pros: lasts forever
cons: takes time to fit them together in a pleasing way
shop garden edgers
many types are no-dig, meaning you hammer them into the ground. painted finishes or galvanized metal last the longest, but unfinished metal has an attractive rustic appearance for country gardens.
pros: relatively easy to install
cons: hard on your hands; wear heavy gloves
flagstone comes in many different shades and thicknesses. set the flat pieces along the garden edge, or stack them for a classic look in a cottage or country garden. check with your local nursery or garden center for options.
pros: pretty and lasts forever
cons: relatively expensive
shop garden shovels
lay bricks in a shallow trench on their side with the wide side down, or stand them upright. the hardest part is getting everything level. hint: use a rubber mallet and line level on a string.
pros: lasts forever, relatively inexpensive
cons: labor-intensive to install
shop brick edging
8 poured concrete
this is typically not a diy job for newbies, as you must build a form, then mix and pour concrete into the mold. consider hiring an expert, because mistakes are not easily fixed.
pros: lasts a long time
cons: can’t easily adjust the layout of the planting bed in future years
shop gardening gloves
9 shovel edging
here’s a great idea if you don’t like the look (or expense) of edging: use an edging shovel, which looks like a half-moon, or a spade, to cut the grass away and create a sharp edge, which keeps grass from creeping into beds.
pros: clean look that works for all garden styles
cons: must be done annually, difficult in clay or rocky soils
shop landscaping edgers
10 landscape timber
if you’re handy with a saw, landscape timbers are a cost-effective method of edging. they’re often pressure-treated to prevent rotting. you’ll need to level the ground and cut sections as needed.
pros: inexpensive and long-lasting
cons: cannot be used to create curved borders
shop landscape timber
small cedar shingles or cedar shake “fences” are simple to hammer around the perimeter of beds. they last for several years, but not forever, as they’re easily damaged by string trimmers or lawn mowers.
pros: inexpensive, easy to install
cons: easily bumped out of place
shop cedar lawn edging
12 decorative fence
small sections of fence are super-easy for lining a garden perimeter. many different types and sizes exist including metal, wood, and plastic, so you’ll find the one that suits your garden’s style.
pros: easy to place
cons: easily damaged, doesn’t hold mulch in place
shop garden fencing
13 recycled rubber edging
a few companies now make rubber edging that’s pounded into place. it’s nearly indestructible, as it’s usually made from recycled tires.
pros: lasts a lifetime
cons: doesn’t look great in formal or cottage gardens
14 coco fiber
if you’re seeking a more natural look, a coco fiber edge stops weeds and is easy to place along the perimeter of beds. you also can cover it with mulch. use landscape staples to the keep the mat in place.
pros: easy to install
cons: doesn’t last forever
bamboo is the natural choice for a zen-style garden. it’s typically sold as short fencing that you pound into the ground.
pros: almost indestructible
cons: doesn’t look right in all gardens
arricca elin sansone arricca sansone has written about health and lifestyle topics for prevention, country living, woman’s day, and more.
this content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. you may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io