Best gardening edging ideas for beautiful bed
Not edging your garden beds is like getting all dressed up, but then not combing your hair. Sure, it’s not necessary, but, well... things look a little unfinished. Adding edging to your garden beds full of annual flowers and perennial flowers makes them look more polished, helps keep mulch in place, and boosts curb appeal. It’s a small investment for big returns. That's why we've rounded up the best gardening edging ideas here. To start, look for edging that works with the style of your house. For example, a classic saltbox or Colonial looks best with traditional edging materials such as brick or stone.
Don’t forget that edging takes some sweat equity; even if the instructions claim it’s easy to install, plan on spending at least a half day (maybe more!). Make the job easier by gathering your tools first, such as heavy-duty gardening gloves, an edging shovel, a garden spade, rake, and a kneeler pad (you’ll be on your knees a lot!). The good news is that if you do it right the first time, most types of garden edging should last for years.
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Here are some of the best materials for prettying up your garden beds.
1 Woven Willow
Also called "wattle," this natural edge is perfect for English-style gardens. They’re usually easy to install because they have little spikes to push into the ground.
Pros: Beautiful in the right setting
Cons: Easily damaged, a little pricey for large areas
Many types are no-dig, meaning you can 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
3 Paver Stone
Pavers made from concrete are nearly indestructible. But they're heavy to handle and time consuming to install, so plan on a full day or more on your knees.
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Pros: Lasts forever and very attractive
Cons: Time-consuming to install
Plastic isn’t the most glamorous type of edging, but it’s relatively easy to install. Individual sections you pound into the ground are less awkward to handle than 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
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
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Lay bricks in a shallow trench on their side, lying flat with the wide side down, or standing upright. The hardest part is getting everything level. Hint: Use a rubber mallet and small level.
Pros: Lasts forever
Cons: Labor-intensive to install
7 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
8 Shovel Edge
Here’s a thrifty idea if you don’t like the look 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, tough to do in clay or rocky soils
Flagstone comes in many different shades and thicknesses. Set the flat pieces along the garden edge, or stack them for a classic look that’s just right for cottage or country gardens. Check with a local nursery or garden center for options.
Pros: Pretty and lasts forever
Cons: Relatively expensive
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
A few companies now make rubber edging that’s pounded into place. It’s almost indestructible, as it’s usually made from recycled tires.
Pros: Lasts a lifetime
Cons: Doesn’t look great in formal or cottage garden settings
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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.
Cons: Easily damaged, doesn't hold mulch in place
13 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 any Asian or 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 garden settings
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