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Alternatives to Log Roll?

NikBNikB Posts: 14

Hi everyone!

We moved into a new property in the summer & I have spent the last 4 months clearing the garden ready for us to put our stamp on it next year. We now have borders around 3 sides of the garden and I need to edge it with something. In our last garden we used log roll, painted, and it looked lovely however starting rotting after about 3 years so I want to avoid that this time round. Does anyone have any suggestions? It just has to meet certain criteria, which I think is making it rather awkward! I don't want to spend a fortune (As I'm hoping to put up a greenhouse in the spring and the vast majority of my budget is going on that) and it can't be spiky or have sharp edges as my little girl turns two next year and wouldn't want herself or any of her kiddie friends hurting themselves on it. I don't mind something a bit time consuming, that's fine, but I'm not too creative! Appreciate any help image


  • I am looking for exactly the same thing and failing miserably, so will be watching this space avidly. image

    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • NikBNikB Posts: 14

    It's so difficult because it has to be perfect! I had such a nice garden in the old place, my absolute pride and joy, but alas as the family expands we moved on to another house and I feel I am starting from scratch. I was hoping to get it done before Christmas as the ground is still soft but don't think that will happen now!

  • NikBNikB Posts: 14

    Hi Edd, thanks for your reply, I think it appeared while I was merrily typing away! I quite like the idea of them, I would definately pick plastic to save on cost!

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,027

    Granite blocks make a nice edging - I've recycled the ones here to make edging. You can just see them on the left side of the pic :

    Alternatively, fencing timber attached to short posts knocked into the ground. That's very inexpensive and simple to do :


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • FG your garden is so lovely.image

    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,027

    How very kind of you DD. It's starting to take shape now image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • wow fairy girl I love your garden, I am in the same situation, my log roll has been in three years now and when getting the garden ready for winter I noticed it has started to rot.  The timber that you used for your edging fairy girl is it gravel boards, or is it fencing boards? 

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,224

    I like the idea of chunky timber but how about a brick soldier course. Done nicely it can look great, and it will last a long time. They will act as a mowing strip too.

    Check out gumtree and stop and ask the owners when you see old bricks in a skip. People are often glad to have you take them away if they are doing building work on their house. You may have to clean the old mortar off yourself though so it could be time consuming. Bricks can crumble when placed on the ground, for a while this adds to the charm but occasionally you may need to replace one or two.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,740

    Goodness me, what a coincidence, we had a cheapskate chancer advertising cheap plastic wood rolls on here just the other day .......... and now here you are, a first time poster, and you've trawled up  an old thread and used it to create an opportunity for the cheapskate chancer to post again advertising his rubbish.  

    Who would have believed it ... it's almost enough to make you believe there is a dog.


    Last edited: 23 May 2017 17:15:37

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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