Garden edging is a great way to make your yard look beautiful and keep flower beds contained. Try one of these garden edging ideas to update your curb appeal.
Increase the beauty of your lawn by adding edging that works well with the style and feel of your home. Whether you opt for a modern or rustic look, edging will visually separate your grass from your garden beds and make your landscaping look intentional and well-designed. Here are 27 garden edging ideas, including both the conventional and the innovative!
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Get started with this tip for Professional Edging
This gardening edging idea involves no materials to edge the garden beds, but it does require some specialized tools and manpower. This tutorial shows you how to edge your gardens by Funky Junk Interiors, using a half moon edger and hand held clippers. The secret to professional-looking edging is to trench your soil along the edges.
Concrete and Brick Edging
Concrete edging is a more permanent way to separate your garden beds from your lawn. You can customize your concrete edging in any way – you can decide the width and the height of the edging with the help of this tutorial by Bob Vila. After the concrete has dried, you could paint it or stain it.
Paver, or brick, edging is classic and always a great option. This tutorial shows you how to lay pavers by The Family Handyman is a way that makes it easy for you to mow your lawn without having to use a weed whacker on the edges.
Try a combination of stones and plastic edging to create a beautiful and layered garden edging. Here’s a great tutorial that shows you how to achieve this look.
Eco-Border Landscape Edging
For an easy option that requires no digging or extensive prep work, check out eco-border landscaping edging. It’s made of recycled tires, bendable, and easy to install. It comes in several colors and styles, making it easy for you to customize your landscaping to your taste.
Modern Concrete Edging
Here’s another tutorial on how to DIY concrete edging, but with a decidedly modern feel. This is a very economical idea that looks great and will last for a long time.
Terra Cotta Edging
Diagonal Brick Edging
Lay bricks diagonally to achieve a striking effect with a common landscaping material. Learn how to get a similar look from Lowe’s.
The blue-gray color of bluestone looks great paired with a bright green lawn. Lay bluestone tile or pavers at ground level for easy mowing.
Concrete Paver Edging
Square concrete pavers can act as edging when you place them in a check pattern and plant gardens in the empty squares. This can be a great way to create a walkway and several garden beds at the same time.
If the facade of your home includes limestone, limestone edging would look great in your lawn. You could stack limestone stones to create raised garden beds.
Rock and Wood Edging
Rocks are often used as edging, but you can take it to the next level by using two different kinds and sizes of rocks. This is a great example of how two different types of rocks combine to create a beautiful border.
Wood Block Edging
Cut wood blocks into two sizes and arrange them to create a unique design. This landscape edging example also includes another idea: cut branches that are sunk into the ground. So pretty.
Landscape Timber Edging
Pressure-treated landscape timbers can be used to edge a garden bed. They are long-lasting and inexpensive, but they shouldn’t be used with garden beds that contain vegetables or fruit.
Logs as Edging
If you live near a forest, you probably have access to a lot of logs laying around. Collect them to edge a pathway on your property…
…or use them to edge your garden beds for a fun and rustic look. Stack them like lincoln logs, like in the example above.
If you’ve got scrap wood laying around in the garage, chop them up and put them to good use by making scrap wood garden edging. It’s a pretty easy DIY for a fun and casual look.
Simple Rock Border
If you live in an area that is full of rocks, collect them to create a simple rock border. You can also purchase landscape rocks from a home improvement store. Here’s how to maintain a rock border.
Pallet Wood Edging
You can easily find pallet wood for free or cheap, so why not use it to edge your garden beds? This pallet wood edging tutorial is so easy because it only requires a few strategical cuts and some paint or stain.
Tree Trunks Edging
If you have to cut down a tree, you could put the trunk to good use and cut it up to make a beautiful garden edge. This garden edging project was done for a sandpit but could easily be used for a garden bed.
Other Unique Garden Edges
Painted Cinder Blocks
Line your garden beds with cinder blocks and make them pretty by painting them in your favorite color. Plant flowers or herbs inside the cinder blocks to create mini raised garden beds!
Recycled Water Hoses
Weave colorful water hoses around metal poles that are dug into the ground for and unique way to edge your garden beds. Arrange your water hoses by color to create a surprisingly beautiful ombre effect.
Wine Bottle Garden Border
Put your collection of empty wine bottles to good use by edging your garden beds with them. This can be a really pretty option, especially if you have wine bottles in different colors.
Cast Iron Edging
Cast iron edging is a great looking and practical garden edging option. It’s maintenance-free, durable, and easy to install.
Steel edging is thin and strong, giving your garden beds a modern look with minimal maintenance. It’s especially gorgeous when used with square garden beds via Landscaping Network.
Groundcover, or low-lying plants, can be used instead of landscaping materials to edge your garden beds. It’s a beautiful, romantic look. Here are some recommendations for easy-growing groundcovers.
With so many options for garden edging, you’re sure to find one that works the best for your lawn. What other garden edging ideas have you seen that aren’t mentioned here?
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Originally Posted on 6.4.2015 // Updated 4.22.2020
Featured and title image via Better Homes and Gardens.