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Top 6 Materials for Garden Edging

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If you want to have a clean and neat garden you might be interested to learn more about garden edging. These garden divisions or edges can be built using different materials in order to separate a section of the garden from the rest.

You can use this landscaping technique to improve your outdoor area and to create a low-maintenance garden. It can also have other practical advantages such as preventing grasses, weeds, and other plants from spreading too much. There are many different materials that can be used to create garden edges such as stone, timber, metal, brick, cement, plastic, etc. 

When choosing what materials to use in your garden you should consider your budget and your personal preference. It would also be recommended to choose a material based on your climate, as certain materials might be more water or sun resistant than others. Here are some of the most popular garden edging materials:

 

1. Stone

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Being among the oldest materials used for building garden structures, stone will always be a good choice. Natural stone will look great especially if you get large cut stones and use them to build the garden bed. If you use stone you will probably not need to use any mortar. Keep in mind that stone can be quite heavy, so if you want to avoid hurting your back, you should consider hiring a qualified tradie.

 

2. Timber

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Timber is a great material to use in your garden, especially if you use railway sleepers, as these are quite long-lasting and easy to install. Additionally, if one gets damaged, it can be replaced easily. If you are looking for a different and rustic option, railway sleepers may be exactly what you need. If you don’t have any railway sleepers garden edging ideas you can always find some online.

If somehow, you cannot find railway sleepers in your area, you can always replace them with treated pine planks. Treated pine garden edging will look just as good and are a cheap alternative. If you are not sure how to install treated pine garden edging, you can use the Bricks+Agent platform to find a qualified tradesman. Same as with railway sleepers, you can find amazing timber garden edging ideas on different home and garden websites.

You should only buy good quality timber that it is regulated and verified by the local authorities. This way, you ensure that the timber is not affected by any of these Australian pests. A good landscaping professional can offer you valuable advice and can help you buy the timber and build the structures needed. They will also be able to offer you water saving advice and teach you different garden maintenance techniques.

 

3. Metal

Certain types of metal can be great for garden edging, such as aluminum flashing rolls. You can also buy aluminum that is specially designed to be used for edging or you can buy custom-made pieces of metal from a supplier.

A good trick that you can do if you use flashing rolls is to insert its edges into the ground and disguise its edges with stones. Using flashing will help you prevent weeds from spreading throughout your garden and will keep the soil inside the edging.

 

4. Brick

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Brick is one of the best construction materials out there because it looks nice, it is very durable, and it is cheap. You can opt to DIY the brick garden edging and lay the bricks yourself or for a more professional final result, you can hire a qualified bricklayer. If you want to get a more interesting final result, you can opt for bricks of different colours. By doing some additional research online you will be surprised how many brick garden edging ideas you will find.

 

5. Concrete

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Concrete is a very popular material so you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that concrete edging is extremely common. Chances are you've seen this type of edging before, but you might not have known that it was concrete.

Concrete can be shaped into molds and can look like other materials such as brick or natural stone. Additionally, it is very easy to install and can come in curved or straight blocks. By choosing concrete you ensure that your garden edging looks neat and is durable.

 

6. Pebbles

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You can opt for laying pebbles if you don’t have to build a high garden bed. Combined with pavers, pebbles will make a very nice garden path and will prevent the unwanted plants and weeds from spreading.

Although there are many traditional materials that can be used for garden edging, you don’t have to use any of them. You can use your imagination and get creative. For instance, some people have used logs, clay piping, and even old bottles. By using materials that would normally end up in the trash, you can build an environment-friendly garden edging. You can also mix and match different materials such as timber and brick, or timber and stone.

If you want to have an amazing garden, you can find out more by reading our guide to year round gardening.

Building garden edging is a great do-it-yourself project, but if you don’t have the time or simply want a more professional final result, do not hesitate to hire a professional gardening or landscape professional

With the Bricks+Agent online community hub it’s simple, easy and free to connect with a local professional with the right credentials and best quote for you!

If you need help finding a local gardener or landscaper, then jump on the Bricks + Agent platform and post your job. It's quick, easy, and free! 

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Topics: Property Advice, Inspo, Home Improvement

Jon Stul

Written by Jon Stul

Having spent over 12 years in the real estate industry covering all facets from residential through to commercial, established and off plan properties and sub-divisions, he has an in depth knowledge of the industry. Stepping out of the industry four years ago and moving interstate to expand a frozen yoghurt chain that has gone from 1 to 4 stores in the time he has been involved. This was recently sold to Made Group. Real estate has always been in his blood and it was a natural fit to start Bricks + Agent given the amount of insight he has into the industry as a whole. Having seen how all different forms of traditional marketing was used to the direction that it is now heading today, we think we have come up with a truly unique proposition that fits into the current state of the property maintenance market.