A simple edge to any garden bed.
So, what happens when the need arises to try to keep tall, fluffy plants in their place? You make a tall-ish edge to keep them back.
A few years ago I planted lilies near our front door. The problem? They grow like mad and try to take over their area. I originally had an edging that just didn’t help. It was flimsy and hard to work around, so while working on a couple other projects the idea came to mind to make a simple ladder type edging. Something sturdy, but cute and of course budget friendly.
The photo above shows really how simple they are. The top and bottom rails are 16-foot furring strips. We got them from a local store for $5.98 each (The sad thing is 2 years ago they were $3.98 each – but that’s another story!). The rungs are pallet slats cut to 12-inch lengths.
I cut the pieces to the needed size and then laid them out. The rungs I eyed where they went, but there is around 4 inches between each one. Then once I was happy about how it looked, I screwed them together. To keep the piece upright I used longer pallet slats and pounded them into the ground – behind one of the rungs (so you can’t see them) and attached it to the edge. And it was done. The nice thing is that it cost less than $20 for 15 feet!
I like that!
Liked it and the price so much that I made some for edging in our backyard also.
Our back yard was a bit more tricky. We have a bug control team – that likes to eat, well anything. Anyway, they would easily get their little feathered heads between the rungs so I made the one for the backyard just the same but stapled foot tall chicken wire to the back of it. I also made it in smaller lengths, so that I can remove portions of it. Thus making it easier to work on the bed, like I will need to do later this summer when I need to take a portion out and dig up tulip bulbs that have decided to overgrow the area they were in.
I think it turned out really well. The nice thing is I made edging for approximately 40 feet for less than $50.
Hope you enjoy – have a great day.