5 Favorite Flower Bed Edging Ideas
Edging can give your flower beds a finished, polished look while also keeping spreading plants and weeds at bay. Edging allows you to be creative when designing your unique landscape, so here are five flower bed edging ideas, from simple and cheap to brilliant and inspiring.
There are a number of ways to use stone as edging in your landscaping. Stack flat rocks as seen here to create a barrier between your flower beds and your lawn or patio. You can also use rocks with a rounder shape and various colors for a unique look. To create a stone boarder, follow this guide.
Cost: Varies greatly by type of stone. The home improvement website improvenet.com notes stone edging can be more costly than other edging materials. If you have a way to collect stones somewhere (of course with permission from the land owner), you can use those or sprinkle them in with stones you'e purchased.
Brick edging is a popular choice for edging flower beds as it is quite durable and comes in a variety of colors. Home Advisor notes bricks may shift and pop loose, creating unattractive holes in your edging, so extra bricks may be required to fill in any gaps and replace bricks that crack over time. "To install individual brick edging, you must begin by preparing the area where the edging is flush with the ground (installing isolation materials will help prevent grass or weeds from growing between the individual blocks). Then, carefully place your blocks to ensure that your blocks are level to prevent a crooked-toothed effect when the edging is complete. Slight curves, dips and slopes in your lawn may present additional challenges," the website notes. Try placing bricks horizontally or at an angle for an attractive edging option.
Cost: Expect to pay between $5.26 to $7.47 per linear foot of basic brick edging, according to improvenet.com. High-end brick edging could cost $11.48 per linear foot.
River rock will give your landscaping and flower beds a natural look that will complement all the colors and textures of your plants. You can use river rock to prevent erosion, assist with drainage and cut down on weed growth. River rock comes in a variety of colors and sizes. To use river rock as edging for your flower beds, dig a shallow trench where the rock will sit. San Francisco Gate suggests removing about 3 inches of soil to create the trench. "Slope the trench by digging first on one side at an inward 45-degree angle and then on the opposite side at an inward 45-degree angle. The trench is primarily to hold the rock in place." Then, cut landscape fabric to fit the trench and secure it to the ground with landscaping staples to prevent the growth of weeds. Then fill the trench with rock and spread it evenly.
Cost: Home Advisor notes the cost of river rock varies, from $100 to $800 per ton. "Exact costs depend on factors like size, shape, color and whether the stone is polished."
If the stone or brick edging look isn't for you, try wood! The Home Depot notes that landscape timbers and railroad ties are durable and relatively inexpensive compared to some other edging materials. "You can use them individually to outline straight beds or pile them on top of each other," according to The Home Depot. To use railroad ties as flower bed edging, start by digging a trench the same width as the timber to the depth you need, explains The Home Depot. "If buried at least halfway, timbers will hold firm in the ground during frosts. Logs strung together in one piece with plastic backing can simply be pushed into the ground and secured with stakes."
There are two basic varieties of landscape timbers: synthetic and natural, notes improvenet.com. While treated wood is the most common type of landscape timber in the U.S., many property owners choose untreated to avoid the chemicals in treated wood.
Cinder blocks are one of the least expensive flower bed edging ideas. They are heavy enough to resist shifting while also holding off weeds. San Francisco Gate notes the best way to use cinder blocks in your landscaping is to dig a trench about one-half of the depth of one of the blocks. Lay a piece of 2x4 lumber into the trench and use a small sledge hammer to compact the soil. "Drive a wooden stake into the soil just outside each end of the trench, using a small sledge hammer. If the garden border has turns, place a stake at each corner. Tie a piece of string between the stakes. Place a cinder block into one corner of the trench, right next to a wooden stake. Press the block down firmly, then slide the string down on the stakes until it touches the top edge of the block. The string will serve as your guide to laying the stones even with one another." Then, place the next block in line with the first and use a rubber mallet to get it in the right position. Repeat the process until a cinder block edge runs around the entire flower bed. "Fill in the spaces to the front and rear of the blocks with soil so the trench is completely covered. Use a garden hoe to move the soil into position and use a compactor to press the soil down firmly."
Cost: At The Home Depot, an 8 x 8 x16-inch cinder block costs less than $2