Five Different Garden Borders

6 Materials
10 Minutes

Here are five different ideas for a garden border using things you probably already have around your house.
Number 1 - plates.
Carefully tap your plates into the ground using a rubber mallet. If the ground is especially hard, dig a trench before you insert the plates.
Number 1 - plates
Gently tap the plates into the soil using a rubber mallet.
Using different shapes, colors, and sizes, you have an interesting border to your garden.
Number 2 - bottles
Soak off the labels in hot water and scrub any remaining glue from the labels.
Using a rubber mallet, gently tape the bottles into the soil
The more bottles you have, the closer you can put them together. Using different colored bottles, you would have a really beautiful border.

Number 3 - Pallet/Scrap Wood
Gently tap the wood into the soil using a rubber mallet.
You can vary the heights, colors, and sizes of the wood or make it all one height using the same wood.
Number 4 - Aluminum Flashing
Wearing gloves, fold down the top of the edge as it is sharp.
This is a very sleek and industrial look.
Number 5 - Rope Lighting
Using landscape pins, secure the rope lighting to the top of the edge of your border.
Your garden is now lit up at night.
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  • Herma Hayes
    Herma Hayes
    on Sep 9, 2017

    Is the Rope Light Solar or Electrical???

    • Tanya Rhodes
      Tanya Rhodes
      on Jan 17, 2019

      You can do this either way. Home Depot has a good array of rope lights, including solar powered. You can also go to Amazon or Walmart online and find the same stuff for order. You just look at the prices and buy the one that best meets your need.

  • Lagree Wyndham
    Lagree Wyndham
    on Apr 6, 2018

    The pallet wood looks good, but does it also act a Buffet for termites?

    • Anita Elaine
      Anita Elaine
      on Jul 7, 2020

      Be careful what pallet wood you choose to use since some contain powerful chemicals and will make the garden soil toxic. Those pallets are clearly marked as having pesticides.

  • Pyesangel
    on May 29, 2018

    I love the look of the aluminum flashing. How hard is it to work with and about how much does it cost????? Are there different widths and lengths???

    • Harriett Dokken
      Harriett Dokken
      on Jan 12, 2019

      You might call a roofer and ask if they have any scrap you can have. Use a 2x4 to make a 90 degree bend, and the use the 2x4 to complete the edge bend.

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  • Olive harte
    Olive harte
    on May 5, 2020

    I have used old concrete slabs for edging and it keeps in the clay. I also have used them flat at the edge of the lawn , then the mower goes over the edge of the grass and I have no edging to do.

    • Cec28530640
      on Jul 31, 2020


      sounds like good ideas. Can you please share pictures of both types of edging? Thank you

  • Ronda
    on May 14, 2020

    I love the plates!!

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