Hate the look of plastic landscape edging? For a more informal, natural border around planted areas, try trench edging and mulch borders.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:April 2003
Dig a trench 4 to 6 in. deep and about 4 in. wide with a straight spade.
Angle the sides outward at the top.
Fill the trench with wood chips
or other organic mulch for a more
finished look and to deter weeds.
Trench edging looks great in
informal garden settings. Use trench
edging as a border around spreading
evergreens or groundcovers or
in areas where vinyl or other
permanent landscape edging material would
look too formal and unnatural. You
can easily shift it if plants outgrow
the bed. An open trench (Photo 1)
holds back the adjacent grass better
than a trench filled with mulch. But if you prefer a more finished
look, fill it with mulch (Photo 2). You'll have to redig the trench once
in a while to keep it neat and to hold
back the lawn, but it doesn't take
long and you can add the trimmings
to your compost pile.
Wood chips, cocoa beans or cypress bark all work well for filling trenches.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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