One of the most important aspects when it comes to garden design is deciding on the type of garden borders your beds will require. Borders serve the purpose of significantly reducing weed growth within the beds which we all love. But they are also providing an attractive division or boundary between beds, pathways, and lawns.
Garden Borders – Edging Ideas
There are several types of garden borders, but three of the most popular are brick, concrete, and natural stone and rock.
The use of brick throughout a garden border is a fairly traditional approach. There are several patterns that are seen in gardens at various price points. One of the most popular patterns, as well as the most DIY proof, is the diagonal layout. Bricks are laid at a 45-degree angle within a small trench and then back-filled with soil to assure a sturdy footing. Using this method is simple to do and is one of the least expensive. It also produces an attractive look that will blend perfectly with almost any landscape design.
However, there are several disadvantages to this method. Unfortunately, there is almost no guarantee of adequate weed control. The bricks often move over time, and, when installing this type of border, it is almost impossible to set the bricks at a consistent height. For these reasons, brick is often used in projects with a lower budget in order to obtain a more traditional overall look.
Concrete garden edging is one of the most durable border materials on the market. These cast borders virtually eliminate any concerns a garden lover has with regard to weeds overtaking the beds. With concrete, mowing is a snap as the lines are smooth and easily maneuvered with the mower. This form of edging can be cast in almost any shape whether the lines in your landscape are straight or curved.
An obvious disadvantage to concrete garden borders is they are often seen as harsh and impersonal with a very minimalist effect. In addition, concrete borders can be quite expensive. It can also be judged as being somewhat out of place in a natural, outdoor setting.
Natural Stone and Rock Edging
One of the most popular forms of garden borders is natural stone and rock. There are countless material and color options when making this design choice. That means there is definitely a stone product that is perfect for almost any landscape.
Whether flagstone, pavers, cobblestone, or rock is used, the choices are limitless. Also, the advantages of using a natural product are abundant.
Since they are forged from nature, stone and rock often go with any design and outdoor decor. This material will also last a lifetime as they are durable enough to resist the negative effects of harsh environments.
Placement options are plentiful. They can be stacked to give a more rounded effect. For a more low-profile look, larger pieces are sometimes laid end-to-end in a single layer for a softer appearance. Although an eye-catching option, natural stone, and rock do have their disadvantages.
Working with these natural products can come with some problems. One is that weeds will eventually creep back in through the natural openings between the pieces of rock. Also, mowing the grass around the outside of a stone or rock bed can be quite challenging as the edges are naturally uneven. This may require the periodic use of hand clippers for that perfectly manicured edge. One of the biggest disadvantages to using natural stone and rock is the price. This design option is one of the most expensive as compared to brick and concrete.
A gorgeous garden is a place where nature may be enjoyed by those fortunate enough to appreciate its beauty. Designing
the layout of a garden can be one of the most enjoyable experiences. There are many things to consider though and deciding on the types and position of plants and flowers is not the only element to an attractive yard.
When fabricating the plan for your backyard oasis, it’s important to consider which border option is right to fulfill your overall objective. Brick, concrete, and natural stone variants are all options that are sure to complete any garden plan. It has the potential of turning your backyard into the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors.