Creating an inviting front yard is just as important as creating a comfortable living space inside your home. A neat lawn with carefully chosen plants and décor offers a tidy and sharp curb appeal. A well-planned curb appeal tells others that you care about your home and are proud of the work you have put into it.
A few simple lawn projects can go a long way while still being easy on the wallet. Garden edging can divide planted areas and define spaces to add an appealing and inexpensive charm to your lawn. While some edging products can range in price from relatively inexpensive to costlier options, some remain totally free.
For an entirely inexpensive garden edging option, search your own neighborhood for large or medium-sized stones. Collecting locally found pieces and applying them as your garden edging creates a naturally attractive option for your lawn décor and it costs nothing but a bit of time and elbow grease.
If you prefer a wooden edging style, look for thick branches to lie around garden areas. Stripping the bark from these branches and logs will reveal an attractively smooth appearance while retaining a rugged look against plants and flowers.
To create your own edging products, consider a concrete mold. Concrete molds can be purchased from most home stores, are reusable and relatively inexpensive. However, these edging molds can be made right at home with a few easy household products and a bag or two of cement. Using a plastic storage container in any shape preferred, although a deep rectangle shape is best for garden edging, lightly spray the container with any type of cooking spray. Mix the cement according to manufacturer’s directions and fill the container to just under the edge. Let sit over night or until completely set. To remove the mold, gently tap each side and the bottom to release your edging piece. Repeat this process until you have enough pieces to complete your garden edging project.
These home-made molds can be colored with concrete tint or water-based paints to add a bit of interest to your garden areas. Small stones, beads, leaves or other embellishments may be applied to the bottom of the container prior to filling with the cement. This will produce a more personalized edging piece, unique to your style and taste. This craft makes a wonderful project for the entire family to enjoy.
Cedar plank garden edging is a very useful deterrent for pests in the garden or home. Sweet-smelling and weather-hearty, cedar is an excellent choice for those who wish a low maintenance edging product that offers a softer appearance to a garden area. Cedar plank edging can be purchased at most home stores and is usually found attached together by wires and sold in rolls. However, like the stone molds, cedar plank garden edging may also be made, inexpensively, right at home.
By purchasing planks of cedar siding used on homes and then cutting and joining the pieces yourself, the cost for this popular type of edging can be lowered considerably. Begin with planks 6 – 8 feet long. Cut each plank into 6 inch wide pieces making small blocks. Join each block with a preferred wire or rope using a staple gun and heavy gauge staples, keeping a 1-2 inch gap between each block. Since the color of cedar can change over time, this product can be stained or painted in any color to match the home or can be left to age to a natural gray color.
After your choice of garden edging is applied, add mulch and small plants just behind the edging pieces. Place medium sized plants with flowers in the center and larger shrubs, tall flowers or small trees as a back drop. Flowering plants will add a dramatic touch to any garden area while evergreens and muted tones will present a calm and tranquil curb appeal.