What do you get when you combine the grass with the garden? This region, which serves as a transition between flower beds and vegetable gardens, might provide some challenges. There are times when flowers grow straight up to the edge of the grass. Edging may be accomplished with the use of low-growing, mounding plants like sweet alyssum, coral bells, or sweet william. These plants do not need the addition of anything else. Other gardeners create a boundary between their lawn and gardens using a variety of natural and man-made elements.
Brick Garden Edging Ideas
Brick is a versatile material that offers a number of distinct benefits. Bricks of an older vintage may often be obtained at a low cost, and on occasion, they are even offered without charge. Brick will likely outlast you for the rest of your life, in contrast to other types of borders such as picket fences, wooden landscape ties, and others.
Brick has a variety of applications and uses. To create short walls with it, you may either dry stack it or cement it into place. You may create a serrated edge by laying bricks in a diagonal pattern, similar to a domino effect. Create a small trench in order to do this. Dig below the frost line and add sand if you live in an area that freezes throughout the winter. This will prevent the bricks from shifting as a result of the activity of thawing and refreezing the earth. After that, place the bricks at an angle so that they are stacked against one another like dominoes after they have been knocked over.
Brick may be used as a mowing strip either by itself or in conjunction with another border material. Both options are helpful. Create a shallow trench and line the bottom with weed barrier after digging it out. First add sand, and then proceed with the bricks. Bricks should be arranged so that they are parallel to the garden, and the tops of the bricks should be positioned so that they are just below the soil line. Check to see that the bricks are set closely to one another. Simply run the wheel of the mower over the block while you are cutting the grass. There is no need for any cutting!
Stone Garden Edging
Stone provides you with a variety of options when it comes to edging your landscapes. You may use huge stones in a variety of hues, with flowers that grow low to the ground filling in the spaces between the stones. You might construct small walls out of fieldstone or flagstone by dry stacking the stones. You may even utilize stream stones that are of a medium size as long as you take the necessary safety steps to keep the stones away from the blades of your lawn mower.
It is necessary to dig a trench that is at least one foot broad and several inches deep in order to utilize stream stones. First a weed barrier, then a layer of sand should be spread over the area. You may now add your stream stones, but you need to make sure that they do not stick out over the soil line. Mowing should be avoided either directly on or around the stones. Instead, you should use a trimmer.
Stones, much like bricks, may often be obtained for a low cost, and sometimes one can even get them for no cost at all. Stones will not only age beautifully but they are also quite easy to relocate should you wish to expand the area of your garden. On the other hand, you might choose to maintain them in their current location as an integral part of the garden and only add a new section of flowers and a new border to the space around them. Due to their natural appearance, rocks and stones may easily be used into a variety of different forms of landscaping, including Japanese gardens, cottage gardens, and more. Stone garden edging is unquestionably deserving of the labor involved.
Cheap Garden Edging
Even if you just have a little amount of money, you may still have a lovely garden edge. It was said previously in this post that if you explore about, you could be able to locate old bricks or stones for a low cost or even for free if you do your research. In addition, you may be able to get other kinds of edging, or you might exercise your ingenuity and build your own.
So where do you look? A local newspaper is an option worth considering as a decent location. Classified advertisements are abundant in “Nickel Saver” newspapers. Look under categories like “Building Supplies,” “Yard and Garden,” and any other topics that you believe to be relevant. There are also other sites to check, such as Freecycle.org and Craigslist. You may join up for this service at no cost and then browse the offerings of other users. One word of caution: while picking up stuff, be sure to do it in a secure location and/or bring another person with you.
Bricks and other materials from formerly public buildings that have been demolished could be stored at the recycling office in your municipality. Another excellent location to check are junkyards and salvage yards. Don’t forget to ask the gardeners who tend the gardens around you where they bought their edging. They could have access to resources that you haven’t thought about yet.
Putting an edge around a garden requires some effort and, in some cases, a little amount of money. However, the reward for all of the hard work is definitely worth it in the end.