9 Simple Garden Edging Ideas

My Garden Life
June 20, 2022
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With so many garden edging ideas to choose from it can be tough to decide on the right one for your landscape. Discover our nine favorite garden borders that can transform your green space.
Creating a landscape border can clearly define different areas, keep grass from creeping into the garden, and prevent mulch from spilling onto the walkway. Garden edging gives your yard a crisp, clean appearance that looks like you hired a landscape designer. There are many creative modern edging materials that are inexpensive and easy to install.
beautiful curved-edge garden beds filled with colorful flowers and shrubs in front of a home
First, think about what your garden edging will do. A striking visual separation will allow your flower garden to really stand out. A physical separation keeps your mulch from seeping onto the driveway or keeps the grass from creeping into the tree landscape. Garden edging must be durable to endure a lawnmower or weed eater.

No-Dig Garden Edging Ideas

1. Pebbles and Gravel Garden Edgings

curvy garden edge created with smooth pebbles
Lay stones, pebbles, or gravel between the grass and the garden. Larger stones draw the eye and gravel gives a softer look. The smooth texture of river rock gives a more upscale impression. Persistent weeding is necessary to keep garden edging stones looking nice; line the edge with garden fabric before laying the rocks to help keep weeds out. Be careful when using a mower or weed eater; they can throw the rocks.

2. Bricks and Pavers for Edging a Garden

garden border edge created with bricks placed horizontally and vertically
Simply lay bricks in the dirt where your landscape meets the grass. You can get fancy and lay the bricks vertically or on a slant for a different appearance, but that would require some digging. Pavers are easy to use, and some pavers are cut in a way that makes it easy to form circles and curves.
person setting brick garden edging in the ground, flush with the grass line
Lay these materials on top of the dirt abutting the grass. A little leveling may be needed for them to lay flat. As you mow the surrounding lawn, you want to be careful about hitting the bricks with the mower. It will damage the mower blade and the edging. Lay the pavers flush with the grass to lower this risk.

3. Landscape Timbers, Ties, and Planks for Garden Edging

composite image showing wood plank garden edging set vertically and horizontally
Place pressure-treated 4×4 planks, or 6×9 railroad ties, to create a natural border. You can also use logs for a more rustic appeal. You will need to level the ground a little for the planks to lay flat, so this method is a little more labor intensive. These materials are very straight and work best for layouts with straight edges or 90-degree turns. For curved borders, these will not work as well as other options. Wood can also be used to create a raised garden bed.

Pound-In Garden Edging Ideas

4. Metal Garden Edging

steel garden edging curving around a border filled with ornamental perennial plants
Steel and aluminum edging comes in different thicknesses and is sold in rolls or planks. It is either pounded directly into the dirt or has slots and comes with spikes to hold the border in place. To keep from damaging the metal, place a piece of 2×4 on the top edge of the metal and pound the 2×4 with a hammer.
before and after photos showing the installation of metal garden edging
Metal is easy to install, easy to bend, and the sections link together for a smooth look. It will need occasional maintenance to avoid lifting or developing a rundown look. Metal is more expensive than other choices.

5. Plastic Garden Edging

composite image showing the installation of two types of plastic garden edging
Plastic garden edging has similar features to metal, so all that was said about metal applies here. As a less expensive material, it is also less durable. Plastic does not do well in very cold or hot climates and can lift out of the ground more easily. The benefit of plastic is that it is lighter, easier to work with, and less expensive.
For the cleanest look, install plastic garden edging with the top of the edging flush with the grass. This also helps minimize damage from the lawnmower blade.
person showing how to install plastic garden edging with the top flush to the grass line

6. Wood Garden Edging

composite image showing two ways to use half-plank garden edging in a straight line and a curve
Short planks of wood can be pounded into the ground vertically, and staggering the heights gives the edging a bit of character. Half-round planks give a softer look. Sometimes the wood planks come strung together to make installation easier. Wood garden edging ideas work well on both straight and curved landscape edges. The pressure-treated wood lasts long and the tall planks prevent grass creep.

Free Garden Edging Ideas

7. Natural Garden Edging or Trench Edging

cutting a trench edge along a flower border with a spade shovel
Cut a perpendicular edge or slightly angled edge around the space using a square spade shovel or half-moon edger. That’s it. This is actually the first step to all edging projects, but you don’t have to install anything. The stark contrast of the rich dirt against the grass or walkway is appealing.
Trench edging is the easiest and cheapest option. There is no installation, no risk of damage to mower blades and no materials to buy. But the edge needs to be maintained carefully and constantly as there is no structure to prevent grass creep.

More Costly Garden Edging Options

8. Concrete Garden Edging

a curved concrete garden edge with gaillardia flowers in the background
Pouring concrete is the most expensive garden edging option and needs to be formed and poured in place. It is also time and labor intensive and can be hard to get right. But concrete can be patterned, can be colored to match house colors, and is the longest-lasting material.

9. Natural Rock Garden Edging

home landscaped with assorted shrubs and natural rocks edging the border
Getting rocks in the consistent sizes, colors, and quantity needed to create a garden edge can take some effort and expense. The results are worth it if you are trying to achieve a more natural landscape feel. It’s also easy to follow curves in a border when using rocks for garden edging. Natural rocks are ideal for creating a more organic, less structured garden design.

Finishing Touches for an Edged Garden

night view of garden bed filled with ornamental plants and shrubs illuminated with solar garden lights
To give your newly edged gardens the ultimate finishing touch, consider applying a fresh layer of mulch, incorporating decorative rocks, or adding night lighting.


  1. Lisa

    Don’t do pebbles or stones as edging! We did this for our turf and not only do the rocks spill into the turf, we are constantly pulling weeds. Even if you put down weed guard, you would need another type of edging to keep the rocks from spiling or transporting into the other spaces. Not worth all the trouble.

    • My Garden Life

      Hi Lisa,
      Your suggestion to use an additional type of edging to help contain the rocks (such as metal or plastic edging) is a good one. Pebbles and gravel can migrate from their position over time and the use of a rigid edging will help keep them in place and maintain a clean line to the edging. Thank you for sharing your experience so that others can consider this when deciding which edging would be right for their landscape.

  2. Austin Contractor

    This article on garden edging ideas is fantastic! Your variety of suggestions, from using stones to repurposing materials, offers something for every landscaping style and budget. The detailed descriptions and accompanying photos make it easy to visualize how each idea can transform a garden space.

    I’m particularly interested in the stone and brick edging options. Could you provide some tips on how to ensure these materials are properly installed to withstand different weather conditions and remain durable over time? Your expertise would be incredibly helpful. Thank you for sharing such creative and practical ideas!

    • My Garden Life

      Hello Austin-

      We are glad you found our article interesting and Inspirational! Although we have shared our favorite options for transforming a green space with garden borders, detailed installation procedures would not be where our expertise is and would refer you to your local masonry/landscaping experts to ensure whatever option you choose is a lasting investment. We find the links below to be reputable and should give you a little more insight into using brick and stone for garden edging.



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