Make bed borders yourself

Make bed borders yourself

Which materials are available?

Depending on which look suits the garden design and how much money and work you want to invest, different materials are available for the self-built boundary:

  • Wood
  • Curbs
  • Plants like boxwood
  • brick

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The lawn edge made of wood

This bed border blends in very well in natural gardens and is easy to build. Pre-treated half-round timbers (palisades), which are connected on the back, can be inserted directly into the ground with a rubber mallet. Also very pretty: Braided elements made from willow branches. You can easily build these yourself in DIY:

  • Tension a guideline (€ 4.86 at Amazon *) and drive in three to five stakes per meter vertically
  • Braid in the rods, paying attention to a harmonious overall picture.
  • Thick parts of the braiding material should always meet thin ones.

Bed border made of pallet wood

This somewhat more robust border is particularly suitable for the vegetable patch, because you can even attach plant fleece to it. This rather simple and functional bed border is also very inexpensive.

Here, too, stakes hammered into the ground provide the necessary support. The long boards of the dismantled pallets are nailed to these. It is advisable to paint the wood in advance to make it weatherproof.

Bricks or clinker stones

This bed limitation is also very easy to implement in DIY. You can simply place the stones on the bed as a border. The edge becomes more stable if you put the stones in a concrete bed, which is completely uncomplicated:

  • Dig the soil about 15 centimeters deep.
  • Drive in sticks and stretch a guideline.
  • Fill in sand and crushed stone and fill it with a bed of mortar.
  • Press bricks into this bed, using the guide line as a guide.
  • Let it harden for a few days and then spread the earth up to the edge.

The living border

Border borders made from plants such as boxwood have been used for hundreds of years. If you don't want to build a wooden frame yourself, you are an attractive option. After setting, this bed border proves to be very easy to care for, because it only needs to be cut into shape occasionally.


The so-called "English lawn edge", the seamless transition between lawn and bed, has many fans. However, this bed demarcation is very maintenance-intensive. You will need to repop the lawn at least every four weeks to ensure that the green does not grow into the bed.