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52 of the Best Landscape Edging Ideas

Whether you want to increase the curb appeal of your home or want to keep unwanted grass from growing, landscape edging can have a significant impact on your outdoor space. If you’ve put a lot of work into creating beautiful gardens, it’s a simple step to protect your hard work and provide a professional-looking finish.

The hardest part about adding landscape edging to your yard is choosing the best edging for your needs.

To help you get started, we have put together a list of the best landscape edging ideas based on functionality, appearance, and ease of installation. We have included everything from quirky and unique border options to more traditional products designed for easy installation and a professional finish. There is something for everyone!

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Create a Border of Gravel or Small Stones

Pebble border
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A simple yet effective option, this border is created by digging out a trench and filling it with smaller stones or pebbles. If you live in an area that receives significant rainfall, this will provide the water with somewhere to move safely without destroying your garden space. It is a low-cost solution, but it won’t be a good choice if you have dogs or young children that may swallow the small stones.

Traditional Brick Landscaping Border

Green leafy garden plants with brick border
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To build this landscape edging, begin by digging a shallow trench wide enough to accommodate your bricks. To ensure it has a polished appearance, take the time to add one brick at a time while checking to ensure that they are level and situated tightly together, side by side.

The single row of flat bricks will provide you with a professional-looking edging on its own, or you can add a second row of bricks perpendicular to the first row, along the back edge closest to the garden to give it some additional depth.

Wood Plank Edging

Wood Edged board. pile of cut wood for construction.
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Woodworkers: Do you have a collection of small wooden planks left over from your recent projects? If so, you’re not alone! Many others that enjoy woodworking either as a hobby or career also have a similar collection. These scrap wooden planks can be used to create landscape edging. Cut your planks to approximately the same length and stain them, if desired, to match your outdoor decor.

Dig a trench along with the desired location for your edging and start placing the planks one at a time in the trench so that they are extending up into the air, overlapping them slightly as you go. When finished, pack in the dirt around the edging to hold everything in place.

Stacked Flat Stone Border

Stone wall border
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Large, flat rocks aren’t always easy to come by, but they can make for a beautiful rustic-looking landscape edging. Dig a slight trench and place your first row of rocks in the ground to prevent the grassroots from extending into your garden before building up your border as high as desired by adding one row of rocks at a time. Offset rocks from row to row to create a more secure structure. It is also a great option for edging ponds and other water features.

Decorative Border Using Wooden Blocks

Wooden blocks
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Similar to the wooden plank edging above, this landscape edging can be made using scraps of wood that you have laying around at home. The difference is that it uses wooden posts instead of flat wooden planks. Stain or seal your wood before installing it in the ground along the edge of your garden or feature. 

If you want to create a truly unique look, consider using Shou sugi ban, a technique that seals wood by charring it. The wooden posts can be cut so that they are all the same size or alternate the sizing for additional dimensions.

Combine Wood and Stone

Wood and Stones
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Reading through the first few suggestions on our list, do you find yourself torn between the use of rocks and stones or wood for your landscape edging? This option combines the two for an aesthetically-pleasing final result. After digging your trench, place wooden posts evenly along the length of the landscape edging.

To add the rocks, you can either stack the rocks between the wooden posts if they are larger or flat in shape or use chicken wire to create pockets that can be filled with smaller stones.

Stained Wooden Planks as Edging

Deck Edge
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An incredibly simple landscape edging option that is best suited for straight stretches, like along the sides of a driveway or walkway, this is the technique that was used to frame out the landscaping at our last home. You will need several long wooden posts or planks, stained or sealed, to match your outdoor decor. Dig a trench long enough and wide enough to accommodate the wooden plank.

Check to ensure that your plank is level before using dirt to secure it in place. Not only does this edging solution create a defined line between sections of your landscaping, but it is easier for your ongoing lawncare by allowing you to easily maneuver lawnmowers and other equipment over it to move from area to area.

Poured Concrete Edging

Walkways and concrete edges beside the lawn
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If you’re working with a uniquely shaped space, it may be difficult to accommodate the twists and turns with bricks or wooden planks. This is where poured concrete is a great solution. However, it’s not easy to move and change after installation. Use this option only if you know that you intend on keeping your landscaping for the foreseeable future.

Taking 1/4″ bender board, cut the board into strips to be used to frame out the desired concrete area. Dig a trench wide enough to allow for your finished concrete edging as well as the wooden framing. Using stakes, secure the boards along both sides of the trench and cover the base inside with gravel. Mix your concrete and pour it into the edging forms, smoothing it out and making sure that it is level. Every 3 to 4 feet, add a joint that is approximately 1″ deep. If the concrete does need to crack moving forward, these joints will control that crack. When your concrete has fully set, carefully remove the form from each side and fill in the area with dirt securing everything in place.

Glass Bottle Border

Beer bottle pathway
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It is a fun DIY landscape edging option for wine lovers or those who have a business in the wine industry. If you’re landscaping a winery, this is the perfect solution! To assemble your edging, you will need a collection of empty bottles that have been cleaned and dried, ready for use. Dig a trench slightly shallower than the height of the bottles.

One at a time, place the bottles upside down into the trench using dirt to secure them in place. Try to place your bottles so that the bottoms line up evenly to create a clean border. In addition to creating a nice edging, the glass of the bottles will also catch the sunlight, shining pretty colors to add to the effect.

Copper Pipes Edging

Set of copper pipes
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This edging is made by lining up pieces of copper piping side-by-side in a trench before securing it in place by packing dirt around it. To add additional weight and stability, consider filling the pipes with dirt or gravel. You can also plant small succulents or other plants that thrive in limited growing space at the top of each pipe.

If you are using this option along a driveway or walkway, consider adding a small solar light to the top of every 5th pipe (or similar distancing, depending on the length of the space you are covering). This will help light up the walk when the sun goes down, not only looking sharp but also adding an element of safety.

Create a Border Using China Plates

Rows of china plates
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You can find beautifully decorated china dishes at most thrift stores for only a fraction of the price that they once were. However, many millennials and younger are moving away from ‘fancy china’ and embracing a more minimalist approach where only one dishware is required regardless of the occasion.

While these dishes may not find their way into another kitchen, they can be used to create a beautiful and original landscape edging. Dig a narrow trench approximately half as deep as the width of the plates.

One at a time, place the plates into the trench, standing them up on their side with the decorative portion pointed out, and secure them by adding dirt. To create the illusion of a solid border, make sure that your plates are touching one another side-by-side as you go. Just be cautious because these are still breakable dishes.

Incorporate Rope Lighting

rope lights
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While we touched on using solar lights earlier, another fun option for adding some safety lighting to your walkway or outdoor space is to build rope lighting into the edging, whatever style you choose. It can be securely tucked under the edge of a brick or stone edging to hold it in place while still illuminating the space next to it. 

If creating a poured concrete edging, consider working in a small indented portion in the side where you want the lights, large enough to tuck the light into effectively. This will hold it securely over time while allowing you to easily remove the lighting if it needs to be repaired or replaced.

Herringbone Brick Edging

herringbone brick paving
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Another fun way to add some character to a brick edging is to experiment with laying the brick in new and exciting ways. The herringbone pattern certainly isn’t new in the world of home decor, having been used for decades to lay wooden flooring. This same technique can be carried forward by lining your bricks up diagonally to create an arrow-style appearance.

Like the standard brick edging, you will need to dig a trench deep enough for your brick to sit comfortably in the ground without being buried. You can lay out a few bricks at a time to get the pattern right before filling in the dirt to hold everything in place.

Elevate Your Garden with Latticework

Lattice Fence
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Latticework is a unique decorative design created by interlacing strips of wood or metal decoratively. This is often used for larger fences and boundaries, but it can also be done on a smaller scale to create a landscape edging that will complement any flower garden or outdoor space. To choose the right lattice landscape edging, consider the height, material, and color, compare it to the space that you are working with, and choose an option that will work with your existing outdoor decor. 

When selecting height, consider whether the space is one where people will be crossing over the edging, like a walkway with a yard around it that you plan on using for recreation or an area that is effectively being blocked off from foot traffic like a garden.

Coastal Seashell Border

Seashells
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Your landscape edging can be used to help incorporate a specific theme into your outdoor decor, as can be seen with this choice. 

After digging a trench, trade-in your gravel and stones for seashells to create a more coastal or beachy feel. You can purchase decorative seashells online or at many discounts, home decor, and craft stores in large batches to help keep the cost down. 

Like the stones, they will allow water to easily pass through, directing it away from the garden area while creating a visible barrier between sections of your yard.

‘Plant’ Terra Cotta Pots

Adenium in Terra Cotta Pots
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When discussing the use of terra cotta pots, most conversations will focus on what you can plant inside the plant, but this edging idea takes it a step further by encouraging you to plant the pot itself. It is an extension of the gravel or stone edging that we shared already on the list. 

Rather than filling the trench in gravel, place terra cotta pots evenly spaced along with the space and fill in around them with the stones. You can then add potting soil to the pots to incorporate flowers or other smaller plants to add some color to the space.

Sea Glass Landscape Edging

Light Blue and Green Sea Glass
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A colorful alternative to gravel and stones, sea glass is often used by fish keepers for the bottom of their aquariums. For this reason, it can easily be purchased in bulk. Sea glass is referring to pieces of glass that have naturally been weathered, meaning they no longer possess the sharp edges that they would if you just broke a jar or a bottle. 

Instead, you are left with a semi-polished piece of glass with a surface that is smooth to the touch and a frosted glass appearance. Just as glass can be purchased in a wide variety of colors, so too can sea glass. It is a great way to tie in a pop of color.

Try Your Hand at ‘Rainscaping’

Rainwater canal
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Rainscaping is a growing trend in the landscaping world where features are created to collect and redirect stormwater effectively. It is a key for areas that regularly receive large amounts of rain which can wash away your garden and damage your lawn if left unaddressed to pool and create their waterways. 

To incorporate this concept into your landscape edging, pay careful attention to where the water tends to collect or run in your yard. Using shallow trenches lined with stones, direct this water where you would prefer it travel. 

For example, along the edge of a garden towards a drain in your driveway. While it won’t eliminate the risk of rain damage, it will help manage the amount of damage you experience.

Decorative Rock Edging

Garden with Rock Edging
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Make your stone edging even more interested or unique by introducing a creative way of displaying them. Consider your stones to be pieces of a large sculpture, one that you will be building as you piece you are edging together.

This can be done by strategically placing them in a way that will naturally hold up from the pressure of surrounding stones holding pieces in place, or using an industrial adhesive to help secure more decorative and intricate designs.

Crystals or sea glass can also be incorporated to add a decorative element, depending on the result you are looking for.

Build a Border with Wood Slices

Sliced wood
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Another easy way to use wood found around your property to create landscape edging, this option helps to use downed trees or larger branches. Cut your wood into wood slices thick enough to stand up securely but narrow enough to get several out of the wood that you have available.

To install this edging, use the same process as you did with the china plates, securing them in a trench approximately half as deep as the wood slices are wide, side by side, to create a uniform border.

If you are using smaller wood slices and would like to add more height to your edging, consider using wood glue or industrial adhesive to add a second row of wood slices on top of the first, offset from the original pieces.

Transform Thinner Sticks into a Decorative Fence Border

fence of branches at the edge of the beach
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What if the wood that you are able to find around your house consists of long, then branches and nothing that is thick enough to be cut into wood slices? With a few thicker support posts, this landscape edging is made to use exactly that. Start by securing support posts evenly spaced and at an even height along the area that you are looking to edge.

While this can include a slight bend or change of direction, it is best used for edging that is relatively straight. Taking one branch at a time, secure it at the back of a support pole before weaving it in and out of the poles moving forward.

If your branch isn’t long enough, cut it to end behind a support post and secure the next one at that same point to finish out the length of the edging. This style of edging is also easily accessorized with vines or fairy lights.

Bamboo Garden Edging

bamboo border and wood chips with green plants
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For those that would prefer a more environmentally-friendly solution, bamboo has been gaining popularity in a wide variety of different uses both indoors and out. It has been used in the construction of furniture and other items that traditionally would have used wood, and your landscape edging is no exception.

Cut your bamboo into individual lengths to be used similar to the wooden block edging above. They can all be the same length, or you can use different lengths, depending on your personal preference. When placing them in the trench, line them up next to one another, securing them in place by packing dirt around them.

Old Bike or Farm Equipment Tires

old bike
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Many of the ideas on this list may seem ‘obvious’ at first glance, but here’s one that’s anything but! Whether you’re an avid biker with a supply of old bike tires sitting around in your garage or a farmer with a wide assortment of farm machinery, this is a great choice for incorporating a little personality in your landscaping.

This edging can be built up as high or as low as you wish, depending on how many wheels you can safely and securely connect. Bury the bottom of your wheels partly in the ground the way we discussed for the china plates and wood slices. You can also vary the height to add even more design to your edging, raising it higher in some areas and lower in others.

Stacked Glass Bottle Barrier

Stack of glass bottle
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Do you have far more bottles than you will need to create the above-listed glass bottle edging? If so, here’s another fun option to build with your bottles. This edging, when finished, gives the appearance of a small retaining wall making it a great choice for blocking off gardens and other areas that you don’t want people walking through. It also works well using smaller glass bottles like beer bottles and soda bottles.

To build this border, you will first have to start with a solid foundation. This can be achieved by digging out a trench deep enough to lay a full layer of bottles on their side, covering all but the very top edge. Your bottles should be laying so that the top of the bottle is pointing into your garden and the bottom of the bottle is facing out. Start stacking your bottles one row at a time, securing them to the row before using an industrial adhesive.

You can line them up straight to create straight lines of bottles or offset them to fill in the holes that will naturally be created between straight rows. To make aesthetically-pleasing corners, consider building out a wooden frame to hide the transition point, or using cinder blocks.

Create a Border with Greenery

Foliage Lined Path
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For those that enjoy a more minimalistic style of gardening, using mulch or xeriscaping to fill a garden bed without it being packed full of plants, a green garden edge may be the perfect solution. The idea is that you trench out the area that you want to edge as you would for any of the above options.

However, you use actual greenery (plants) to fill the space instead of stones, wood, or other alternatives. We recommend using decorative grass due to the way that it grows straight up as opposed to spreading out, taking more space than the designated edging zone.

Cinder Block Garden Border

Stacked Cinder Blocks
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Cinder blocks are often easy to come by due to their versatility and the fact that they are at a lower price point than many other stone and concrete alternatives. Unfortunately, they don’t always look as ‘nice’ as we would like them to, which discourages people from putting them to use. The good news is that you can elevate the appearance of cinder blocks and create a beautiful, decorative landscape edging without breaking the bank!

Consider painting your cinder blocks to complement your other outdoor decor while giving them a polished appearance. You can also lay your blocks out side by side to create the edging before filling the holes with potting soil and adding smaller flowers to bring in a pop of color. Be sure to trench your blocks into the ground slightly to keep the grass from finding its way into your garden space.

Create a Statement with Terra Cotta Pots

Terra cotta flower pots
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Terra cotta pots are a staple for gardening lovers everywhere. They are a great solution for your plants due to their durability and can easily be customized to suit any style or decor. We did share an idea already that included ‘planting’ your pots as part of a gravel or stone edging, but what about featuring the pots as the main focal point? To create this landscape edging, dig a trench that is approximately half as deep as the width of your pots.

You will need a large collection of pots, preferably all the same size. Lay your flowerpots down on their side as if they are stacked together but spaced out slightly so that they create a ‘train’ of flowerpots. This style works great for rounded areas as it can easily be formed into curves and bends. Make sure to secure your pots in place by packing dirt around them in the trench.

Incorporate a Water Feature

Water feature
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It is arguably one of the most expensive or time-intensive DIY options on the list, but it’s sure to draw compliments from anyone that visits. Rather than building a landscape edging with the sole focus being the landscaping that it frames, why not make you’re edging an important part of the landscaping?

In place of the usual trench that is dug to incorporate a landscape edging, consider turning that space into a long, narrow water feature. To feed the water feature, multiple fountain points can be installed along the length of the edging, equally distanced. You can also include lighting in the fountain, if desired, to create a beautiful display at night.

Repurpose Old Bowling Balls

Cracked Bowling Ball
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Our next suggestion here is definitely specific to a select few individuals. However, if you are an avid bowler with access to a wide assortment of old bowling balls, it could be a fun way to represent your favorite hobby. Due to the weight of the bowling balls, they aren’t going anywhere after they have been put in place, making them a relatively sturdy and secure choice.

Dig a very shallow trench, just enough to accommodate the bottom of the bowling balls to keep them from rolling. Since there will be spaces between the balls, you may want to fill those areas with gravel to prevent grass from breaking through to your garden. Line up a row of bowling balls in one color, or add some variation.

Long Branches for a Rustic Appeal

Pine branches with long needles
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An easy solution for those that prefer a more rustic or country aesthetic is to use long branches from your yard that are still intact with the original bark. Clean the branches up, removing any smaller branches that may still be attached. Dig a narrow trench before placing the branch into the trench and securing it by packing dirt around the edges.

This is better suited for long, straight stretches of edging like the side of a driveway or front walkway. However, if necessary, you can accommodate a bend or corner by cutting the logs to match the space needed. Birch branches work amazingly well for this due to the way that the beautiful white bark contrasts with any greenery.

Place Your Bricks on an Angle

New garden flowerbed with brick edging, UK garden
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Another idea that is based on installing bricks in a specific style, this landscape edging is a fun spin on the traditional brick border. It’s a great choice for any space where you are looking for a shorter, narrow edging and can easily accommodate bends and rounded corners. Dig a shallow trench along the area where you want to place your edging.

Starting at one end, build up enough dirt in the very edge of the trench to allow you to place a brick so that it will sit on an angle without falling or being knocked over. Once the first brick is in place, move along the line, setting up each brick so that it’s also on an angle, with the upper corner in line with one another.

The top of this edging will have a zig-zag type appearance. Make sure to secure your bricks in the trench as you go.

Decorative Picket Fence

Picket Fence
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The white picket fence is often seen as a depiction of the American dream, surrounding a house while still showcasing the beautiful green lawn behind it. If this is an image that brings a smile to your face, why not incorporate it into your garden as well? You can build your own mini wooden picket fence or purchase one at your local garden or home improvement store.

Many places offer small fence-like landscape edging similar to this. If the only options that you can find or a black or wrought-iron appearance, which appears to be the most common, and you would prefer a white picket fence, you can DIY the transition yourself with an outdoor-specific spray paint designed for the material that you are working with.

Build a Stone Wall with Chicken Wire

Rock Wall with Wire
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It is an edging solution that looks incredibly impressive. However, you may be surprised to learn that it’s also surprisingly easy to assemble. All you need is a strong roll of chicken wire, an assortment of stones large enough that they can’t fall through the holes on the chicken wire, and the tools necessary to cut and bend the wire. You will need to cut down and shape your chicken wire to create a frame for your edging. 

When you are happy with the height and width of your edging as it is framed out, you can start filling your wireframing with stones. Consider putting larger stones on the outer edges while using smaller stones in the middle to help prevent them from falling free. It is a great option for taller edging, as seen on some raised garden areas or around the edge of a driveway.

Decorative Grapevine Balls or Sculptures

Grapevine
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Do you still have grapevine left over from making your holiday wreaths? If so, don’t throw it away yet! In addition to the grapevines, you will need inflatable beachballs or balloons (depending on your desired size) and floral wire. Take your grapevine and remove any leaves that may still be on it. You want to work just with the bare vine itself. Inflate your beachball, then wrap a circle of the vine around the ball, securing it with a piece of the floral wire. Continue to wrap the vine, securing each wrap until you have a solid framework built that you can work with. At this point, deflate the ball and remove it from the center before proceeding.

Now that your ball has started to take shape, you can continue building it out without the floral wire by weaving the vines in and around the existing ball frame that you’ve created. You can add as many or as few vines as you want for your desired result. Repeat this process until you have the number of grapevine balls needed to edge out the area of the yard that you are focusing on. Be sure to secure your vines to the ground to keep the balls from blowing away. It can be done using landscape staples.

If you aren’t interested in making your decorative vine balls, they can be purchased online or at most craft or home design stores.

Faux Brick Edging

Faux Brickwall
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If you love the look of brick borders, but the cost of purchasing the bricks needed is more than you’re currently prepared to spend, here is a great budget-friendly solution. Faux-brick edging is a plastic landscape edging that can be installed by simply hammering the attached stake system into the ground. 

It means that there is no digging necessary, making it both quick and easy. On top of the stakes, you will find plastic ‘bricks’ that will lay flat on the ground creating the ‘brick’ border. While they may not stand up to scrutiny, many of these products look surprisingly real from a distance.

Plastic Faux Stone Edging

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Similar to faux brick edging, faux stone landscape edging is a plastic border that can easily be installed without the need for digging a trench. 

There are a couple of different styles available on the market, including those with the attached stakes on the bottom as well as lengths of landscape edging with plastic tabs on the back of the stones that can be secured using separate garden stakes. 

They are available in a wide variety of colors, designs, sizes, and styles made to represent different types of stone. It is a great low-cost and easy to install solution.

Metal Garden Border

rusty metal edge between grass and gravel
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Most types of commercial landscape edging are made from plastic which, while budget-friendly, has a limited lifespan. Not only can it be broken from daily abuse, but the constant exposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays can weaken it over time. 

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, there are metal landscape edging options available. They come at a higher price point than the plastic alternatives. However, the steel or aluminum construction stands up well to the elements. It’s available in a wide variety of different colors and sizes, making it easy to find something to suit any outdoor space.

Concrete Garden Globes

Concrete balls
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To make this unique DIY landscape edging, you will need ready mix concrete and a package of balloons. When your concrete is fully prepared and ready to work with, fill your balloons one at a time with the mixture. Place the concrete-filled balloons on an empty margarine container or in a cup to allow them to retain the round shape while the concrete sets. 

Follow the directions on the concrete packaging to determine the length of time necessary for it to be fully set. Cut the balloon off each of the concrete balls, carefully removing all pieces. To smooth out your globes, file them down with a wire brush. This will help to remove any protrusions, uneven portions, or blemishes. Place your garden globes side by side to create a barrier along the path of your desired edge. 

You can experiment with different sizes of balloons to create larger or smaller globes as needed to accommodate different uses.

Stone Wave Pattern

Textured Contrast
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Rather than restricting yourself to basic stone edging, you can create a fun and decorative element in your yard by combining two or more different colors of stone in your design. One easy way to do this is to create a zig-zag or wavy pattern with two stone colors, defining the line of the pattern between them with larger stones.

It can be subtle, with two different shades of gray stone, or something more dramatic by bringing light grey stones and reddish or black stones. If you’re feeling very creative, you could even try creating a more complex pattern like a spiral. The options are endless.

Include Decorative Bricks or Patio Pavers

Brick edge on lawns
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While bricks are an easy way to build a landscape edging, they aren’t always the most decorative options. Especially if you are looking to create something unique.

One way that you can add a personal touch to your brick lawn edging is by creating small bricks or patio stones, decorating them with carved etchings, crystals, colorful stones, or sea glass.

You can then assemble your edging incorporating your new blocks between standard bricks for a fun finished product that’s like no other.

Build a Barrier with Larger Rocks

Making a rock border
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If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with a lot of larger rocks nearby, this could be a simple and low-cost solution to your landscaping needs. Large stones take up a lot more room, meaning that there is less work required. Dig out a slight trench to isolate the grass on one side of your edging from the garden or walkway on the other.

Place your rocks along the trench, starting with the larger rocks on the bottom. Taking the slightly smaller rocks, you can fill in any holes or gaps. If you are concerned about the ability of the rocks to stop grass or weed growth, you can always start with a layer of gravel at the bottom of the trench before placing your first rocks.

Rubber Landscape Edging

Metal garden edge
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Made from recycled rubber tires, rubber landscape edging is a great environmentally-friendly solution for your landscaping. The price point is slightly higher. However, this style of edging is highly durable and capable of standing up to whatever Mother Nature may throw its way. 

When faced with changing temperatures and extreme weather, the product is capable of expanding and contracting without cracking. 

The rubber is non-toxic, making it a great choice for those with pets or young children, and the lawnmower-friendly design eliminates the need for a weed trimmer by allowing the mower to reach right up to the edge easily.

Use Pavers to Create a Narrow Path Border

Brick Pavers Walkway Edge And Lush Green Grass
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Patio pavers or walkway stones are usually restricted to building a front walk or pathway. However, smaller patio stones can be installed in a narrower space to create a landscape edging that represents a miniature path along the area that you want your border. If the only stones that you have available are too large for the space in question, consider taking a hammer to the stones to break them into smaller pieces.

This is especially effective with thinner slate-style patio stones. If you want to create a more defined edge line, use a circular saw to cut your patio stones with a straight edge, then install the stones with the straight edge of each stone lining up with one another.

Go Basic with a Trench

earthen trench
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In most of these landscape edging options, the instructions start with digging a trench to install the border, but we haven’t yet touched on the fact that the trench, itself, can provide a clean, minimalistic edging solution. Dig a narrow and uniform trench, paying careful attention to the edges. Ensure that you are packing the dirt firmly around the inside edges of the trench.

This will help to prevent it from giving way when the first rain washes through the surrounding landscape. With nothing in the trench to hold the form long term, this is an option that will require ongoing maintenance to clean up and prevent it from erosion. However, it’s a cost-free solution that can easily be handled as a DIY project.

Solid Wood Border

wooden border in grass
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For those that love the look of woodwork, a solid wood landscape edge may be the best option to fit with your outdoor decor. You will need a series of thick wood planks. They should be cut down to the desired height of your border plus 2 inches. Stain or seal your planks to complement any other wood elements in your outdoor space.

To install your edging, dig a trench 2 inches deep before placing each plank into the trench and securing it with dirt to keep it standing upright. If you are looking for extra reinforcement, the planks can be attached with hardware or wood glue. However, this will make it more challenging to remove or move your edging in the future, if desired.

Organic Mulch Edging

Edge of Perennial Flower Garden with Wood Chip Mulch
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A popular choice for pathways and walkways, organic mulch can be purchased in a wide variety of different colors and styles to match your desired aesthetic. 

This can be installed in a trench along the sides of your pathway, or you can install the mulch and pathway all at once with a landscape weed barrier underneath to prevent any unwanted growth in the space. 

Cedar mulch is a great choice for those that are concerned about bugs like mosquitos, fleas, ticks, or even ants as it works to naturally repel these unwanted visitors.

Light Up the Night with Glow-In-The-Dark Stones

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Whether you are looking for a landscaping option to help illuminate and identify your walkway during the night or searching for an edging that will be exciting for the children, glow-in-the-dark stones are a fun solution that everyone will love. 

The stones can be purchased in a variety of different colors or a multi-color pack if that is the look you are hoping to accomplish. Most of the products on the market provide somewhere between 5 and 7 hours of glow following a full day of sitting out in the sunlight. 

This is a solution that will work better in an area where they are exposed to direct sunlight. It should also be noted that they are smaller in size, meaning that the stones could be a choking hazard with young children or certain pets.

Stick and Twig Border

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Are you looking for a solution that will provide a slightly taller border, offering protection for one area of your landscaping without cutting off your view of the space? If so, this simple DIY stick and twig border is a great solution.

You will need fence posts at the corners or key points of the border area, lumber to create 2 support boards running horizontally along the border from support post to support post, and an assortment of different branches and twigs, the size of which will be determined by the desired size of the border you are creating.

One at a time, attach the sticks or twigs to the two support boards using nails, wood glue, or industrial adhesive (depending on the size of stick you are working with). Make sure to leave gaps between them to offer the desired visibility. The final product will have a raw and country-style appearance.

Hubcap Garden Border

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While some may say that this landscape border idea has a ‘redneck’ feel to it, we can’t help but love it enough to share it on this list! Car enthusiasts, this one is for you! To create this border, all you need is a collection of different hubcaps. Dig a fairly narrow trench, with the depth approximately half the width of the hubcaps.

One at a time, place the hubcaps into the trench filling in enough dirt to hold them straight and secure in the desired location. They should be installed close enough to one another that they are touching but not overlapping. Mix and match different styles and designs to create a unique display.

Post and Rail Wooden Fence

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One of the most basic styles of wooden fencing, post, and rail fences have been used on farms and rural properties for years. However, this suggestion isn’t discussing a full fence. Instead, we suggest taking the same concept and shrinking it down in size. All you need is 2 long pieces of lumber and a series of small posts.

The lumber will run parallel to the ground and parallel to one another, held in place by the support posts placed an even distance from one another along the desired length of your border. This can be built short enough that it can easily be stepped over to care for a front garden or tall enough to prevent foot traffic entirely, simply adjust the size of the wooden boards you are using to accommodate your desired height.

Woven Grapevine Fencing

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Grapevines are a highly flexible material, which is why they are used so often in the creation of holiday wreaths. With this DIY edging, however, you won’t be making circles out of the vines. To start, collect a series of wooden branches to act as posts. They will need to be tall enough for your desired edging with a little extra length to allow you to secure them in the ground. Space them out evenly along your desired edging, paying careful attention to make sure that each of the posts is secure before moving on to the next.

Take your first piece of grapevine and on one side of the edging, start weaving the vine back and forth, in front and behind each post as you move your way across to the other side before returning. On the way back, ensure that you are doing the opposite of the first pass so that there is a piece of grapevine resting on each side of each post when you have finished both lengths.

If you run short partway along, simply tuck your end into the vines already on your edging, weaving it in so that it blends, and carefully weave the start of the new one in as well before continuing. Do this back and forth until you reach your desired height before tucking, in the end, to finish it off.

Use Smaller Flowers for Edging

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If you are a gardening lover looking for a landscape edging solution for your outdoor garden, this is an option that will embrace your love of flowers. Rather than introducing something else to the edge of your garden, line the edge of your garden with a very small flower. This will not prevent grass growth into your option on its own. For this reason, you may wish to install a standard garden border first. 

Choose an option that sits low to the ground to avoid taking away from your flowers. Plant a very low to the ground, small flower right up against the garden border, just inside the limits of your garden, before planting your larger flowers and plants behind them. The size difference between your border flowers and the rest of the garden will showcase your flower edging beautifully.

Allow Your Personality to Shine when Choosing a Landscape Edging Solution

Whatever you decide, don’t feel confined by the basic landscape edging options that you see in your favorite home design and gardening magazines. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ choice here.

Instead, the goal is to find a landscape edging that fits with the style and design of your outdoor space, incorporates your personality, and elevates your space to the next level.

Don’t be afraid to be creative and think outside the box, you may just create the next big landscaping trend!

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