Host: Gary Bachman, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Nothing adds a sense of visual quality to the landscape as nice crisp bed lines today on Southern Gardening.
We have all seen and used various landscape edging material in the past. From railroad ties, landscape timbers, to the rolls of plastic and metal edging, all can be used to create crisp beds lines.
But why not be a little creative with bed edging? Here are a few creative ideas.
Use vintage dinner plates placed in the ground on their edge to create a bright garden bed edge. Go down to your local thrift store or stop at yard sales and buy chipped and mis-matched plates.
My friend Bill and Sheila use empty wine bottle pushed in the ground upside down for a unique edge. In the clear bottles ferns grow and add to the uniqueness.
If you’re like me and don’t like to weed eat around your landscape beds you do have a couple of options. I have done both of these and they work well. You can cut in your beds lines. Make a 90 degree cut using a square shovel along the bed line. Then make a 45 degree cut from the bed towards the first cut. This creates an edge that will hold your mulch and creates a very nice line between a turfgrass area and the landscape bed.
Or you can use pavers set in at ground level. This allows you to have a place for your lawn mowers wheels to run along as you mow your lawn.
Properly edging your landscape beds not only looks sharp but makes maintaining your landscape easier. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman for Southern Gardening.