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If you want to create a bed in your garden in addition to the lawn, you usually buy bed borders. These not only make your garden look neater and more beautiful, but also have practical functions. Weeds are prevented from spreading in the beds and thus destroying the harmonious overall appearance of your garden.

A border thus forms a boundary that provides a classic and attractive structure in the garden. Since the choice of borders is very diverse, there are no limits to your creativity. For our product comparison, we have compared different designs and worked out the most important aspects.




The most important facts

  • Flower bed edgings are also known as bed borders or lawn edges.
  • Flower bed edgings are a useful means of creating order in a garden, because a clean and delimited lawn is the basis of a beautiful garden.
  • The selection of bed edgings is very diverse, as both the material and the length and height are available in a great many different variants.

The Best Flower Bed Edging: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for flower bed edgings

In order to find the perfect flower bed edging for you and your garden, we have worked out some buying criteria that you should consider when buying. These criteria should make it easier to compare the individual models so that you can make an objective and informed choice.

The criteria that will help you compare the different types of edging include:

You should sort the listed purchase criteria according to your own preferences and personal importance.

Material

Of all the buying criteria, the material is the most important point, as the differentiation of bed edgings is usually made by the different materials. The most common materials include:

  • Plastic
  • Concrete
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Steel
  • Stone

You must decide individually what you value most, because aspects such as quality, price and appearance all depend individually on the material. For example, plastic is an inexpensive option, but may not look as attractive as wood. Everyone has to weigh up for themselves what is most important.

Height

The height of the border should depend on the height of the plants within the bed. For a vegetable bed, 30 centimetres is sufficient; for taller plants, 60 centimetres may be sufficient. There is a huge selection of heights in DIY stores, so you will definitely find one that suits you.

Colour

The aesthetic aspect of a border depends not only on the material but also on the colour. You can also incorporate your personal taste and give free rein to your creativity. Your choice of colour should also depend on what suits your garden.

There are different colours depending on the material. Especially the plastic versions are available in almost any colour, no matter how bright. Nevertheless, simpler colours such as grey and brown are more likely to be favourites.

Effort

Different materials and shapes require less or more effort to install and maintain. You can expect little effort with bed edgings made of steel or metal, as these are very robust. Plastic, on the other hand, requires a lot of care, as the border can otherwise look worn out relatively quickly due to the weather. Materials such as stone or concrete, for example, are very difficult to install, but do not require too much maintenance afterwards.

Root protection

If you want to prevent the roots of your plants from moving from one bed to another, root protection is crucial. The border should extend deep into the soil. If this is not desired, a superficial border is sufficient.

Shopping Guide

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions on the topic of flower bed edging. In this way, we want to give you a deeper insight into the topic.

What is a border?

A border creates a visual order in the garden. It creates a clear separation between lawns, driveways, paths and various beds. In addition, a border can also fulfil other tasks, such as 'root protection', so that the roots do not spread completely across the entire garden.

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A bed border provides a structured and tidy overall appearance to any garden. (Image source: unsplash.com / Zhisheng Deng)

The border should emphasise the style of the garden. Therefore, the material should match the overall style of the garden and the plants.

Who and what is a border suitable for?

A border is suitable for anyone who has a garden and wants to create more order in it. Certain parts of the garden can be separated from each other. There is no limit to the creativity of the designer.

What types of flower bed borders are there?

In principle, there are two main types of border. Either one only pays attention to the appearance, as the garden is simply to be made prettier and tidier, or the choice is influenced by functionality (e.g. root protection or mowing edge). Thus, there are different types of bed edgings that serve their purpose to varying degrees. The different types depend mainly on the material:

  • Stone or concrete borders are particularly suitable as mowing edges
  • Plastic is available in many different designs, so there are no limits to your creativity
  • If you don't want to destroy the natural look of your garden, you should choose wood as the material
  • Metal and stainless steel make your garden look more modern

In addition, it can be said that the higher the functionality, the greater the effort required for installation, because bed edgings with root protection, for example, must be installed deep in the ground, so that a deep hole must first be dug around the bed.

Can you install flower bed edgings yourself?

Most of the edgings you can buy in DIY stores can be easily installed by hobby gardeners. This applies in particular to the variants that are simply laid around the bed, such as stone. For flower bed edgings that are set a few centimetres into the soil, the soil must be moistened beforehand.

Then, depending on the required depth, the soil is dug out. Disturbing roots must be removed. The border is then firmly pressed into the soil with a driving-in aid, which is then placed on the still loose but inserted border. Finally, the excavated soil is put back into the gap. Ideally, you should get a friend to help you, as four hands work better and faster.

Conclusion

Flower bed edgings are a useful way to create order in a garden. They also prevent the lawn from spilling over into the bed and spreading there. At the same time, they fulfil decorative functions. The look of your garden can be emphasised by bed borders.

The large selection of different types offers the ideal border for everyone. In addition, the very wide price range shows that a good border can be purchased for little money. The fact that you can install most borders yourself makes flower bed edgings suitable for even the most inexperienced amateur gardener.

Image source: unsplash.com / Kelly Sikkema

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