Cheap Garden Edging Ideas – Looking Good On A Budget

Affordable Garden Edging Ideas

When it comes to neatening up your garden or simply separating two flower beds, edging is an easy and effective way to this

It not only serves a visual purpose; it can make it easier for the avid gardener to see when grasses or weeds are crossing a barrier and need removing, thus keeping things in check.

There are many other reasons why you may want to use edging in your garden.

Keeps materials in one place

If you have put mulch down or laid gravel, you want to prevent it from spilling into areas where it is not wanted. Raised edging is great for keeping pre-laid materials in place.

Visual barrier

If you have a path through the middle of your garden surrounded by greenery, you want to deter people from trampling through it and stay on the path!

Using edging will allow people to easily identify where you want them to walk and stop them from straying into other areas.

Minimises garden tasks

Believe it or not, having a defined edge to any garden area can minimise your overall workload. Along with providing a neat border, it not only prevents weeds from growing into your flower bed but it also allows you to easily identify when a plant has grown outside of its allocated area.

This will allow you to quickly rectify the problem with minimal heavy work. Depending on the depth below ground of your edging, it can also prevent plant roots from spreading beyond a certain point.

Highlights focal points

If you have a special feature in your garden, like a fountain or tree, using a technique known as a ‘tree ring,’ you can emphasise it with minimal effort.

If you use bright coloured edging, such as yellow stones on dark soil to surround all your focal features, you will also add a consistent design element, that can make your garden look extremely classy.

Traditional Edging Constraints

While this all seems simple, many people are prevented from using edging in their gardens due to their available budget.

Many garden centres will happily provide you with beautiful looking edging in any design or colour you want but it can be prohibitively expensive.

The Solution

Depending on what you want your edging to enhance or add to your garden will point to which type of edging you need.

Luckily, using a bit of DIY, creative flair and imagination, you can easily work out a way around this.

Taking in to account the overall theme or aim of your garden, you can create many edging options at a fraction of the price, that will really make your garden look unique. If you have a landscape garden, for example, you will not want to use wooden scraps to make edging, but wooden scrap edging would not look out of place in a wildlife garden.

What Options Are There?

With a tight budget, you may notice that certain materials reappear when looking for ideas to edge your garden.

Here, we will briefly run through some of the most common budget edging materials and ideas.


Plentiful and free to collect from your local wood or park, wood is the most common budget edging material. It can be easily chopped, painted and hammered together to create a unique look.


More suitable for larger gardens, cutting a wooden ‘log’ in half and laying it flat on the ground creates a tall border that is very bold.


Ah, wooden pallets; a great invention with multiple purposes. You can buy these, but it is easier and cheaper to explore houses or buildings where there is construction work and ask if you can take the disused pallets.

Bring them home, cut them down to the height you want, varnish or add some paint and now that old pallet makes a nifty border.

Wooden scraps

If you dislike throwing wooden offcuts away after garden work, then this idea is perfect for you.

Ensure that the ground is soft and using a hammer, gently tap the wooden scraps into the ground, next to each other to form a line.

If you are going to paint them, do it before putting them into the ground to avoid getting paint on your plants and grass.

Flat log edging

If you have a chainsaw and a log, cut it down into discs and place them along the border you wish to define.

This will create a very clear and unique look to the borders of your garden.



Like wood, stones can simply be collected by walking in your closest rural area and have the benefit of being free to use; they can also make a fantastic edging material.

Double Row

This edging idea will not be secure if knocked, so may not be suitable for paths.

If you want to edge a flower bed or create a tree ring, simply line the rocks around your chosen area and then place another behind the first line or in front.

The results of this can be striking if the stone colour contrasts with the flowers in the bed or the soil hue or if the colours used are bright.


Plastic makes an ideal budget edging material; it is cheap, hardy and easy to maintain.


Similar to the wooden scrap edging, plastic cobblestone ‘effect; plastic edging provides you with a defined, solid look to your border.

Many plastic edgings tap straight into the ground with a hammer, with each piece locking into its neighbouring piece.


An often-overlooked material in gardening usually due to price glass edging can really make your borders pop.


A modern idea for using disused beer or wine bottles.

Simply ensure the bottles are clean, dig a hole that is about ¾’s of the length of the bottle, place the bottle in with the bottom facing upwards and fill the surrounding area.

Lined in a neat row,  bottle edging is truly unique and strikingly colourful.



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