The Q&A Archives: Materials For Edging

Question: Looking for alternative to commercial edging, such as rubber edging with roll top [@ 5-inch depth] sold at retail outlets or high-grade metal edging usually only available from commercial landscapers. These items either do not have the depth I require, or they are too expensive.

I have noted that some questions or your answers contain references to plastic, metal, or wood alternatives. Once on a TV show I saw something like sheet plexiglass cut into strips as a possible homemade alternative to commercial edging. I checked the price of plexiglass, the cost of which was prohibitive for me.

Any suggestions for alternative materials that you know are used as edging, either for use as bed border or edging for individual plants within a bed. Looking for synthetic or metal material that could be cut to needed depth and that would be flexible and long-lived. Please be specific. Thanks for your help.

Answer: I can think of several possibilities for a deeper edging that can be made at home, but they may not be as inexpensive as you are hoping andunfortunately except for the last one, they are not exactly what you asked for. You could use concrete poured in place, recycled boards, or possibly cut up sheets of roofing panels. Discarded cedar shakes might be another possibility. Another option is to forego the installed edging altogether and simply edge the bed by digging a steep sided trench. Finally, you might be able to use sections of old automobile tires although I would not recommend this for a vegetable garden. I hope this gives you some ideas.

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