DIY garden edging and borders
Posted: January 17, 2017
Categories: Garden Design
For most people the garden is an extension of the home; a place where they can interact with nature, spending time and becoming familiar with elements of the outdoors. The beauty of the garden or of flowerbeds comes from the maintenance. Maintenance of the garden edges and the garden borders are very important. These are what create the boundaries between the lawns, paths, and various other landscaping features and the gardens. Though it is easiest to create the various types of garden edges during the installation of the garden or flowerbeds, garden edges and garden borders can be added to an existing garden. The clean, smooth line of garden edges or garden borders will give the garden a finished look and a sense of clarity.
Four simple steps to garden borders
When creating a new bed a garden hose can be utilised to outline the desired lines that made up the garden edges or garden borders that need to be cut. If the garden edges or garden borders already exist, the cuts to freshen the edges and borders can begin without use of the hose. The tools that have traditionally been used to cut garden edges or garden borders are a spade or a half-moon edger. These tools are used to simply cut along the line that has been set out. Cutting curves is a challenge with either tool, and the course of the garden edges or garden borders is somewhat difficult to judge as it moves along. A different tool known as an edge hog is a circular blade on wheels. The wheels provide ease of mobility to cut along nice curves, making a continuous 1.5-inch deep cut/line in the soil. It is easier to gauge the line of the cut as it moves, making it easy to evaluate and revise the line on the fly.
Whether the garden edge or border was created by the spade, half-moon edger, or the edge hog tool, this step involves refining the established edge with the spade and removing the turf. The cut should be deepened to four to six inches. The turf on the inside of the bed will also need to be cut with the spade when creating a new bed. Then the cut and loosened turf can be removed by hand with ease. The end goal is to create garden edges or garden borders that have a ninety-degree angle.
Cutting garden edges or garden borders always makes everything more appealing to the eye when they are cut razor sharp. One way to accomplish this effect is to use hand shears placed vertically along the trench wall to cut remaining grass blades from the garden edge or garden border. To avoid destroying the right angle of the edge, do not hold the shears in a horizontal position; make sure to hold them vertically. Throughout the growing season, this step should be repeated two or three times to keep the edges looking crisp and clean.
Mulching the bed is the final step. The mulch should be put down in a layer of two to three inches. This mulch will add a rich, dark colour to the edge, while at the same time it will suppress any weed growth. Create a gentle slope from the bottom of the edge to the top of the bed by placing mulch right up to the edge of the turf.
Other edging options
There are other garden edging and garden border options that take minimal efforts to be constructed. They include horizontal brick landscape edging, diagonal brick edging, cast concrete edging, flagstone and cobblestone edging, edging with plants, and edging with logs and sleepers. These various examples have their own pros and cons that involve their availability, expense, their design style, and the maintenance involved to keep them up. Each and every option will create attractive garden edges and garden borders, enhancing the garden by giving it a look of precision or in the case of plants as edging, a soft natural look.