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Anyone have any ideas? For various reasons, I don't want to be transporting anything large like logs or timbers or bricks (or paying for it!!). Any suggestions for a relatively affordable low (like 4-6") border than I can use to mark off flower beds? I have several trees that I want to mark off an area underneath to put in beds.



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Great question. I wish I knew the answer!

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I'd love to have some ideas too!
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watcha got laying around.

if you dont want to buy something and dont want to lug something, it is going to have to be something laying around somewhere.

I would say rocks if thsoe are native to your area. But that is something heavy and weeding between those can be a challenge.

you could plant some edging. here, monkeygrass is used a bit. dwarf boxwoods are used a bit in the northeast.
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rocks rocks rocks!
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We've used 2 x 4's. They're not the prettiest but they are cheap and if car space is a problem most hardware store will cut them in half (or smaller) for you for free. That might not work for around trees though.
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Wine/beer bottles. It sounds strange but I've seen some nice borders made by burying them, neck down. You do need a lot of bottles though.
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Now that's the ticket!! Recycling at its best! I should get started drinking more
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I should get started drinking more [/QUOTE]

Hey, if it's for the greater good!
For a nice seasonal beverage, hard cider comes in pretty green glass bottles
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Check this out (scroll down to the second photo)--it's basically a handmade woven "fence," and I think it's lovely. And here is a more formal and slightly more expensive (but still cheap) variation on the same idea.
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I love these ideas!! Esp. the bottles. If they were filled with colorful stuff they would be even more attractive. I'm not sure how it would look as the main border for my front yard where there are more formal architectural shrubs, but I think I'm going to start collecting wine bottles!

MIL is cutting down her grapes for the season... wonder if she would give me the naked branches to weave.
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rocks rocks rocks!

My old house was on a mountain and all I could do was trip over rocks...couldn't dig more than an inch in that yard without hitting rocks! My new yard has dirt like butta....just turns right over, with no rocks. Feast or famine, I tell ya!
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The former owners left me quite a bit of lumber in the garage, and we're about the demolish an old wooden fence. I wonder if I could try something like this. However....would I not have to treat the wood first? Otherwise, wouldn't it deteriorate in a few years? What about an exterior paint or enamel, and then a sealant, to dress it up? Any thoughts? Ooh, ooh....what about deck stain? That would do the trick.
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The former owners left me quite a bit of lumber in the garage, and we're about the demolish an old wooden fence. I wonder if I could try something like this. However....would I not have to treat the wood first? Otherwise, wouldn't it deteriorate in a few years? What about an exterior paint or enamel, and then a sealant, to dress it up? Any thoughts? Ooh, ooh....what about deck stain? That would do the trick.
I have used this system... unless your lumber is the exact thickness of the plastic corner units, it is a PITA to assemple.
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Once upon a time, several houses ago, I got a really good deal on bowling balls. 2 for a nickle at Goodwill. I bought 260, if I remember right. Flower bed borders, edging a fishpond, waterfall, and a retaining wall. All different colors. ElderSon thought I was crazy. Possibly so.

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Once upon a time, several houses ago, I got a really good deal on bowling balls. 2 for a nickle at Goodwill. I bought 260, if I remember right. Flower bed borders, edging a fishpond, waterfall, and a retaining wall. All different colors. ElderSon thought I was crazy. Possibly so.

That has got to be the COOLEST Goodwill find I've ever heard of. What a score. I think I'd have had a hard time moving without them! Do you have any photos?

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Sadly, no photos. Even sadder, the new owners of the house took it out, pond, bowling balls and all, and put in a lawn. Sigh.

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Great ideas, especially the handcrafted stick and branch edging. I do have athought on the bottle idea, if one or more broke you could have a dangerous situation.
I wanted to share my experience. As a professional gardener I often make hard edges with just a spade. Of Course there has to be a lawn or some growth to distinguish between the flower bed and the surrounding area. I wish I had a picture. Of course any edging does not save you the labor of having to weed the flower bed anyway.
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Old or broken bricks can be had cheaply at masonry suppliers or a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, if there's one nearby. If you sink them in some sand, and place them tightly together, you can form a nice curve around your tree and have minimal "grass creep."

If you want it to look more natural, clear out your bed area and edge it as deeply as you can to destroy grass/weed roots along the edge. Then bury some of that ugly (but cheap!) flexible plastic landscape edging, right down to 1" above ground level so it's not visible. Mulch the bed well, and plant groundcover plants like monkeygrass all around the inside of the edging. You can mow right up to the monkeygrass but never see the edging.

If you already have some groundcovers growing and can divide them, that part is free. If you have to buy them but can't afford them all at once, just put them in a couple at a time as you can buy them. They fill in by themselves, somewhat.

Good luck...this is what I'm about to tackle too, and the latter seems to be the lowest-maintenance, lowest-budget solution I can find!
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I have just used a variety of materials we've had passed along. Our boys ripped a picnic table apart and we used the boards for an edging. Also found about 20ft of wooden fencing at a thrift store for a few dollars.

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On Cape Cod I once saw paths through flower beds made with big white clam shells. The owner said he would pick up them up on the beach and add to them over the years . People walking on them just crunched them up. He had quite nice chalky white borders.

Just a thought. I like the grapevine fences. If you ran a double row with the front one a bit shorter, you could plant hens and chickens in the groove.
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not in the safest category, but our neighbour used broken terra cotta pots.... looks cool! he--clearly-- doesnt have kids.....
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When developers dig lots for houses they usually uncover massive amounts of rock. Sometimes this rock is really good looking once it is rinsed. We picked up some really nice rocks that made our herb garden look like it was professionally landscaped. You can just ask for some (they get rid of it or sell it to landscapers anyway) and they will probably give it to you (or you can go after work hours).

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Sweetiemommy, thank you SO much for that idea! I was wanting native rock, but had no idea how to get it for free, legally. They're developing a plot next door to the place my parents lived when I was born and I lucked out on some beautiful rock. So colorful and sentimental as well . Going back for my second load tomorrow!
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If you have any fallen trees with decent size trunks you could saw them up about an inch or 2 thick and lay those out.
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plastic bottles filled with water and neck buried, they can also be painted, you do need a few but some recycle center's will give you what you need if you tell them what you need them for, asking pubs or mall food courts may also help with supply. i done this with my old house looks fab and lasts,glass tends to shatter and crack with lawn mower and heavy frost also unsafe for kids. good luck

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