Last Updated on September 25, 2023 by lindseymahoney
If you’re looking to spruce up your garden and add some visual interest, consider adding some DIY garden edging. Not only does it add beauty and definition to your yard, but it can also help keep your garden organized and prevent plants from spilling over into unwanted areas.
Here are 8 creative ideas to get you started.
DIY Garden Edging Ideas to DIY at Home
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1 | Brick Flower Bed Edging
Brick edging is a popular choice for garden borders because it is versatile and easy to work with. Personally, brick is my favorite material to edge my flower beds!
I almost always find a stack of discarded bricks in the backyard of our homes and they add so much charm to our garden along with being affordable!
At our current home, I used bricks found in our yard and used them to DIY edging around our flower beds and concrete pool skirt.
You can use bricks in a variety of patterns, such as a straight line, a herringbone pattern, or a basket weave.
To create a brick border, dig a shallow trench and lay the bricks end-to-end, making sure they are level. Use a rubber mallet to tap the bricks into place, and then fill in the gaps with soil.
Brick edging is durable and adds a timeless and elegant look to your garden.
Brick garden edging is used in the gardens at Mount Vernon and can be found bordering the flower beds of quaint cottages as well. If brick garden edging is good enough for George Washington, it is good enough for me!
2 | Paver Garden Edging
Stone edging is a classic and timeless option for garden borders.
For the flower beds in our backyard, we used bluestone from an old patio that my brother had taken out of his backyard.
Arrange the stones in a pattern that suits your garden style, such as a straight line or a curved border. To keep the stones in place, dig a shallow trench and place the stones in it, then backfill with soil.
Stone edging is durable and low-maintenance, making it a great long-term investment for your garden.
3 | Scalloped Concrete Border
Scalloped concrete garden edging is a quick and easy way to define flower beds and add a touch of charm. These quaint concrete blocks can be found at local home improvement stores.
To install this garden edging, dig a shallow trench and butt each concrete block next to the other.
4 | Rock Garden Border
Another natural material that looks great as garden edging is large rocks. If you have a bunch of rocks on your property, this is one way to put them to good use.
These days you can buy faux rocks specifically for garden borders and achieve a similar aesthetic.
Of course, using real rocks will most likely create a more organic look than prefabricated rocks purchased at the store.
There is no right or wrong answer, it just depends on the design you want to achieve and the size of your budget.
5 | Crushed Gravel Bordering Gardens
For a more relaxed garden look, consider crushed gravel pathways bordering flower beds. This material looks beautiful for that informal English garden look.
In our backyard, we tackled this DIY garden edging ourselves.
First, we installed metal edging to keep the crushed gravel somewhat on the pathways.
Next, we laid down a weed barrier and added the crushed gravel on top. The end result is a whimsical garden that entices friends and family to explore and enjoy the flowers.
6 | Wrought Iron Fence Edging
For a practical garden edging solution to protect delicate flowers and add character to your garden, consider iron fencing.
This miniature fencing comes in panels that you can easily stick right into the ground. Most panels interlock with the panels next to them to create a straight line.
This type of garden edging is great for keeping out small dogs or children from walking all over your delicate flowers!
7 | Wood Flower Bed Edging
If you’re looking for a rustic, natural look for your garden, consider using wood logs or railroad ties as edging. Simply cut the logs into equal lengths and dig a shallow trench where you want the edging to go.
Place the logs end-to-end in the trench, making sure they are level and secure.
You can leave the logs natural or paint them to match your garden’s color scheme. Wood log edging is a great way to add a touch of charm and warmth to your outdoor space.
8 | Shovel Edging Border
If you are looking for a clean garden edge, a shovel-edging border is the way to go!
To achieve this look, dig a small trench around your flower bed with a clean line separating the beds and grass. Next, fill your flower beds with mulch and you are done!
This type of garden edging does require more maintenance to keep grass from creeping into the flower beds, but the look is beautiful.
I hope these DIY garden edging ideas have inspired you to get outside and work in your flower beds!
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