Cheap Homemade Edging Materials

The appropriate-size rocks can make a cheap but functional landscape edge.

When it comes to landscape edging, concrete and brick pavers are two standards for creating polished edges.  But, there’s no need to break the bank to complete such a task. With a bit of resourcefulness, homeowners can create a pleasing edging effect with less traditional products at a significantly lower price.  Once gathered, the installation for most of these materials is minimal as well.

Re-Purpose Materials

Materials intended for one purpose, or leftover from a home improvement project, can double as edging material.  Cedar roof shingles are one possibility. Railroad crossties, although heavy, are another economical option.  Railroad offices often will give old ones away as new ones are placed on the railroad.


Look no further than your own backyard, or maybe take a ride in your community, to collect rocks of assorted sizes.  The variations in texture and color will complement a flowerbed and will rarely need to be replaced. Enlist the help of family, friends and perhaps co-workers to help in the search.  A second no-to-low-cost option for stones is a local quarry. Assorted size scraps may supply all the pieces needed for an edging project. 


This landscape edging requires only a tool and some time.  To make this edge, use a spade to make a vertical cut in the turf. Lift about 3 to 4 inches of the soil at a 45-degree angle.  Create a beveled cut by using a rake to smooth the soil to slope toward border plants. Use the spade to smooth out any remaining soil. 

Cut Logs

If you’ve recently had a tree taken down from your yard, or maybe your neighbor, have the trunk cut down into appropriately-sized pieces for the area to be edged.  Arborists and landscape companies are good resources for free logs to use in such a project.

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