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What is Garden Edging?

Gardens generally have different parts and areas that are for specific functions or matters. You might want to have a separate area for your crops and then maybe another one for a wild bunch of flowers. You may also have a plan to build another section just for some grassy area where you can sit down in the late afternoons with your family. Point is, these separate areas and partitions need to have a border to separate them from other areas of your landscape.

This is where garden edging comes in useful for you. However, what exactly is garden edging? Garden edging is generally just creating a division in your garden land and additionally using other materials to mark the edges. It is literally creating an edge on those areas you want to separate. This results in your garden having different parts in the landscape and having some sort of obvious lining or edging as a way to its mark boundary.

One of the simplest ways to do garden edging is really to just use a shovel, a stick, or anything that creates a trench or some narrow canal in the soil to mark the end of an area. You can add a different material marker if you want, however, generally, it already works as a way to edge that garden bed. Maintain your dugout trough constantly to emphasise the border of your area. Also, clean it on a daily basis to avoid the growth of weeds in the trench.

You can always get creative and aesthetic with your gardens. You can opt to make your edgings simple and nice or extremely elaborate by using different kinds of borders in that garden area. As garden edging is making borders, there are different types of materials you can get creative with and use to make that border. Some of the materials you can use as edging to your garden beds are as follows:

  • Stones
  • Bricks
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Concrete
  • Old ornaments
  • Rubber
  • Rocks
  • Pebbles
  • Wood

As another option to consider, you can also make garden edges in your landscape and form a pathway or walkway for you to stroll on while admiring your garden views. As you put on materials to the garden bed edge or area, you can also use a different material for your pathway and make your garden more open and beautiful with a more natural look. There are plenty of ways for gardening edging to make your gardens more eye-catching.

For another scenario, many people use different plants or shrubs as their material for garden edging. This makes the edge of the garden bed also home to different kind of flowers or plants which adds more life to your gardens. In fact, having different kinds of flowers, shrubs or plants can really elevate your garden into very nature-like scenery. It’s very much adding life to your gardens. These are some perennials that withstand foot traffic in gardens:

  • Bush
  • Marigold
  • Creeping juniper
  • Zinnia
  • Lilies
  • Sunflower
  • Begonia
  • Trillium
  • Sedum 
  • Germander
  • Phlox

Garden edging adds that functionality and design to your gardens. As such, it is always important to also consider the function of your garden edges. If your garden edges are to keep some plants in, it might be good to set them a bit higher to really provide that specific space for a specific use. If your garden edging is to separate sidewalks and pathways, it is wise to choose a material that is durable and easier to clean. Make your edges practical and pretty.


Here at Trees Down Under, we offer professional garden services just to make your garden landscapes the best that it can be. We have been in the field of garden landscaping for a long time and we want to get your gardens right for you. Garden Edging is part of the things we can do for you or with you. If you want to make separate areas in your gardens and create that beautiful division to add that wow factor, we are here to do it for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us soon!

Call 0475 463 597 or send us an enquiry here: info@treesdownunder.com.au

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