A Few Good Garden Edging Ideas To Think About
Creating an edge between your garden and lawn or sidewalk is both an attractive and a functional concept, and discussed here are some different garden edging ideas to choose from. Edging does more than just look good. It also serves to keep grass from the lawn from invading your nicely planted garden beds and prevents mulch or other garden features from spilling out onto your lawn or pathways. They can also be unique garden features that add to the beauty and distinctive look of your garden.
The simplest method of separating your garden from the lawn surrounding it is building a trench. A trench that surrounds the garden’s edge will create the image of a separate garden bed and can be accomplished with a spade or garden edging tool. However, since there is nothing substantial separating them, both mulch and grassroots can make their way over. Water flow from drainage or rain will also make the borderless distinct. For a natural and simple look, the trench is one of the easiest garden edging ideas, but it does require a good deal of maintenance.
There is a large amount of commercially created garden edging products available. Take a look around your local garden or home improvement store to get an idea of different materials available. They differ in style, function, and price. Plastic borders are usually offered at reasonable prices and come in a variety of styles and colors. Plastic is lightweight and easy to maneuver into the edging shape you desire. They have a flat edge, making mowing a simple task and create a solid border to keep mulch in and grassroots out. With almost all forms of borders, you will want to set the border at least ½ inch from the soil surface to prevent grass roots from spreading. Choose thicker plastic borders for better results. While plastic is easy to manipulate, it is often hard to transport and some people don’t like to black or green look. You can always hide the color of the plastic border by matching mulch colors or allowing plants to overhang and hide the border itself.
Steel borders are stronger but still easy to bend and shape to fit your garden shape. They can be better looking than plastic and also provide for a nice solid border. Steel may rust in certain environments and edges may be sharp if not properly filed down.
Many people choose to use pavers to create their garden edges. Pavers are available commercially in many styles, colors, and material types. They can be made from bricks, cobblestones or concrete, and can be designed in a variety of shapes. There are even pavers that interlock with one another to form a perfect border.
You can choose the shape or design of your pavers specifically to match with a straight or curved border. They can be used to create a unique look and have lots of interesting colors to choose from. Again it is best to place them at a ½ inch above the soil level, and you may need to bury them a little to match an uneven landscape. It is also a good idea to place them and to prevent water from flowing under them and moving them, and garden fabric can be used to prevent plants and grasses from growing through any holes. They can be rather pricey depending on the length and size of the garden’s edge.
For a truly unique look, you can always try a stone wall. These are great for uneven or raised beds and they have a nice natural look. They are also good for soils that may require more drainage. There are many types of stones available, and the only real difficulty comes with the heavy lifting aspect of stacking and transport. After this process is complete however, stone walls usually require little maintenance. Again it is best to build your wall on some sand and use to fabric placed up against the wall and pressed with dirt to prevent plants finding their way in through rock spaces. When building your rock wall, try to match irregularly shaped pieces to fit together like a puzzle to create a strong wall.
Sometimes plants can make the best edging borders. They are natural and can create a border filled with color. Low, short ground-dwelling plants usually work the best and by planting them close together you can create a firm border impression. You can use the same type of plant and color to create a single border or use different kinds for a mixed up kind of border. Petunias, alyssum, Veronica, blue fescue and succulents are just a few plants that make great edges. You can also design your garden to have border plants overhanging the borderline for an interesting look.
Don’t forget that a garden border can be as unique as you choose it to be, and just about any material properly placed can make a great border. Recycled goods collected and placed neatly can add a lot of interest to your garden. Old bottles, collected driftwood, and seashells are all interesting border concepts. Be creative with your garden edging ideas. The most important concept is that your garden edging present the look and feel that you desire.