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Garden Edging Ideas

Last Updated May 26, 2016 · Written by Rob Schneider

Part of an landscaping and gardening job is choosing and installing garden edging. Garden edging is not only a practical necessity, keeping flower beds and other elements of your garden separated from the lawn or footpath, it is fundamental to the appearance of your garden. While there's nothing like the expertise and trained eye of a landscape architect when it comes to the planning and layout of a garden, edging can be an easy an enjoyable DIY job. These garden edging ideas from the pros will help you get your edging just right.


Garden Edging Materials

Once you have your edges defined, it's just a matter of choosing the best garden edging material to use. To make the best choice, you need to make both practical and aesthetic decisions. These are some of the more popular garden edging materials:
  • One of the sturdiest and easiest to lay of all garden edging materials is aluminium edging. It comes in corrugated rolls or in easy to assemble kit form and can be found at most nurseries and in the garden section of many larger hardware stores. Aluminium edging is often powder coated in a variety of colours and can be shaped to achieve virtually any contour you wish it to.

  • Plastic garden edging, like aluminium, comes in a variety of colours, is very easy to install and is very flexible. Some homeowners prefer plastic to aluminium because it is softer to the touch and has no sharp edges.

  • Timber edging remains a popular choice. Being a completely natural material, timber garden edging blends in with the landscape. While not as flexible as aluminium or plastic, thin-sliced timber can be bent into a surprisingly tight arc. The only drawback to timber is that even treated timber garden edging will need replacing sooner than most other materials.

  • Bricks are a perennial favourite and are one of the most versatile edging materials available. Get a bricklayer to build a low retaining wall or lay a single layer of bricks yourself. If you're lucky, you may be able to find all the old bricks you need for free or at minimal cost. Try burying old bricks on edge at a 45 degree angle at a depth of about half their length for unique rustic looking garden edging.

  • Stone garden edging looks fantastic in almost any setting. Softly rounded river stones can be used to create an elegant yet warm and inviting garden edge.


Garden Edging Layouts

Sometimes your garden edging layout will be defined by necessity, such as when you plant flowers along the edge of the house or a fence. Even then, you can add interest and variety to a long, straight row by breaking it up periodically with a semi-circular feature area. When you do not need to follow the contours of your property line or a structure, the layout you use is as limited as your imagination. A kidney shaped garden in the centre of a large lawn is an eye-catching and soothing island oasis and a gently curving footpath with cobblestone edging is reminiscent of a winding country path. Garden edging offers you the opportunity to break up and soften the often unavoidably linear lines around your home. Whenever you can, think "outside the box" for your garden edging ideas. It can make the difference between an ordinary garden and a stunning showpiece garden you will take pride in.

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