Border edging

I need to edge my borders when the weather improves a little. What, in you experience, is tge best edging? It would need to be quite flexible as some of my borders are curvy. I look forward to reading about your ideas and suggestions.


  • glasgowdanglasgowdan Posts: 206

    My personal favourite is natural shaped boulder or rocks. But if you want the minimalistic look, and the levels are quite flat, then metal strip is probably best. 


  • Freddies DadFreddies Dad LarbertPosts: 534

    I use galvanised steel lawn edging - freely available online and the likes of B&Q and Homebase. As flexible metal it can be used for curves very easily. It is also invisible but keeps the lawn from the border.

    @Glasgowdan - my old garden had lots of stones that size (it was always a surprise in digging anything in my old garden - next door once dug up one boulder the size of an old fashioned TV, I once found the remains of a an unidentified animal). To make use of them I used them as border edging. Often the home of slugs and other undesirables. So the appeal of the above is very low for me!

  • Pauline 7Pauline 7 West Yorkshire Posts: 833

    Whatever you do,  DON'T  use that green plastic 'wavey' edging you can buy in diy shops.  It is cheap,  but it's also terrible to put down,  looks horrible when it is down and falls to pieces in a few months. 

  • SueAtooSueAtoo Posts: 17

    I have too many beds to do but have thought that bricks laid short ends to the lawn would enable me to run the mower over easily with tiny edging plants at the border ends or even thyme or other little plants that you can plant in cracks and walk over.

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,876

    One way is to use brick pavers, long edge to the grass and level or just a fraction below the level of the grass. That way you can run the lawnmower over them with no harm - and no edging to do. Once a year or whenever, I go over the edge between the pavers and the grass with a strimmer just to sharpen it up. In other parts of the garden I use Smooth Edge just because I don't like recutting the edges every year and I found I fell into the temptation every time of enlarging my borders. However I do need to cut the edges of grass every month in those parts. If you use anything higher than the grass you will have to strim the edge at least once a month to keep it tidy looking. 

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  • BluebaronBluebaron Posts: 205

    why not try and source some old paving slabs from eBay or gumtree.

    if you get 300 x 300 you could use an angle grinder to cut in half and then lay then 300 long 150 deep.

    you could probably get them for a couple £ each plus concrete to bed them in.Not much use for curves though i guess

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