5 Unique Lawn Edging Ideas
Edgings divide the different areas of the garden or the lawn and help restrain plants, soil or mulch from spilling out onto the grass. They can also guide feet and the wheels of wheel barrows or other vehicles away from plants that can be accidentally damaged. A homeowner who’s a bit bored with lawn edging that’s made of plain, uninspiring bricks or masonry has many other edging options to choose from. Here are five unique ways to edge a lawn:#1- Gabion Wall
A gabion wall is a type of cage made of wire into which cobbles, stones or pebbles are poured to hold back the earth. A properly built gabion wall is very sturdy and strong. It also makes an unusual and attractive lawn edging, especially if the raised bed kept back by the caged rocks is planted with interesting specimens such as succulents, ornamental grasses or ground covers.
#2- Sleepers of Different Heights
These are salvaged railroad ties. They can be cut to different heights and installed vertically along the edge of the lawn. A gardener can also use concrete blocks, Belgian blocks or chiseled stone as sleepers. Something similar is a palisade made of wood, metal or mortar. The difference is that the elements of the palisade are all the same size. Installing sleepers or palisades is a job of work, for the gardener needs a lot of them, and they need to be buried deep and stabilized with 2 x 4s or cables. Only the top one third of the sleeper or palisade is going to be above ground. Moreover, wood elements need to be treated to avoid rot and insect damage.
#3- Fallen Tree Branches
These may take time to gather, but when the gardener has a good number of tree branches they can weave them together to form another sort of retaining wall that edges the lawn. Like the gabion wall, the area behind the woven branches can be planted with interesting plants and flowers.
Some enterprising gardeners edge a sloping lawn with a water feature. The water is allowed to trickle down a brick lined canal into a pool at the bottom of the lawn. The feature may be deep enough to accommodate plants that thrive in running water such as watercress. These plants are set in the water in special, perforated pots.
Again, it may take some time to collect enough hubcaps for a lawn edging, but they are certainly different and will be the talk of the neighborhood.