Borders for flower beds: analysis of 3 ways of arranging with your own hands
It is difficult to imagine a summer suburban area without a lush blooming garden. Tall velvet roses and peonies peek out the windows, small daisies and pansies are scattered in the thickets of grass, asters and hyacinths create unusual patterns on the flower beds. To bright floral arrangements were framed, use flowerbed borders - low fences made of various materials. Let's figure out how to make fences made of plastic, wood and brick.
What fencing options are there?
Even before you break the flower garden, you should think about how to make a beautiful border for the flowerbed. It should not only serve as the border of the flower arrangement, but also correspond to the general style of the surrounding territory.
Exquisitely and noblely looks border mosaic, which has one attractive quality - it is unique. With the help of glass and tile fragments, you can create a unique, author's drawing or ornament, and you can be sure that you cannot find the second such frame of the flower garden. Instead of fragments, ordinary or colored pebbles can be used.
The flowerbed itself and the base of the bench are decorated with colorful mosaics. For work, we used pieces of ceramic tiles - several pieces always remain after repair
Creating a Mediterranean or English style in your garden, you can opt for fences made of natural stone: granite, shell rock, limestone, sandstone. They are equally good for decorating stand-alone plants, and for decorating large landscape flower beds. Strong and durable, stone structures will last for more than a dozen years, moreover, they are not difficult to do independently, using cement mortar for construction.
It is easy to create a stylish look by choosing a stone for the border to match the color of the surrounding buildings. Instead of natural material, you can use decorative tiles
Those who are seriously engaged in gardening are aware of this type of flower garden fence, such as a dug up curb. This is a kind of groove dug between a flowerbed and a lawn (or track). The size of the dividing trench depends on the density of the soil and the root system of plants.
The excavated curb needs regular maintenance: mulching with peat or chopped wood chips, leveling, cutting off the overgrown sod roots with special scissors
Looks interesting and is great for rustic rustic plots. For its manufacture, ordinary willow rods are used, fixed on posts driven into the ground. Weaving is a traditional old-fashioned method that our ancestors used to create village wicker fences.
The living border from low decorative plants naturally looks. In addition to herbs and flowers, an undersized shrub is successfully used. The height of the fence can be any, but usually it does not exceed 40 cm, otherwise the fence will close the flower garden.
Low-growing green perennials can be replaced with any bright flowers with small inflorescences, thus creating beautiful compositions in an unusual frame
Option # 1 - a wooden fence made of pegs
For many summer residents, their suburban area is a real wooden kingdom: the house, and outbuildings, and the bathhouse, and the gazebo, and even the benches in the garden are made of wood. This is not surprising, because wood is a natural material that blends harmoniously with green spaces, flowers, stone walkways and ponds. It is great for creating any country decorations, including for the manufacture of a decorative border for flower beds.
For the design of flower beds, wooden elements of various sizes and shapes are used: small hemp, pegs from branches, old boards, the remains of bars
One of the simplest options available even to an amateur is a low fence made of pegs of various lengths. As a basis, we take light wooden columns of a small size, the color of which, if necessary, can be changed to darker or bright. The steps for creating a fence from pegs are extremely simple.
Preparation of building material
The blanks can be either wooden blocks of the same cross section or thick straight branches that need to be prepared in advance. We remove the bark from the branches and cut them into elements of different lengths. Dimensions of products depend on the shape of the fence. In our case, these are alternating high and low columns. Let one part of the blanks be 0.30 m long, the second 0.35 m long.
We measure the length of the border and calculate the approximate number of products. We carefully treat each detail with an antiseptic or a special protective varnish - this way the border will last much longer.
Findings for a wooden fence is not difficult to find: if no fallen trees were found on the site, you can use the materials left after the fence was built
Digging a trench around the perimeter of a flower bed
In order not to be puzzled by installing each peg individually, we tear out a groove about 0.15 m deep. To maintain accuracy, we first outline the contour of the fence - draw a line on the ground with a sharp object.Recent entries In April, I process roses so that no pests encroach on my beauties
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Pulling out a trench, you do not need to make it too wide: in a narrow groove, the pegs will be fixed more rigidly and firmly
The elements of the fence are placed one at a time in the trench and immediately bury them, carefully tamping the soil. Alternating - first a short peg, then a long one. If the elements differ in thickness, we try to alternate between different blanks so that the fence as a whole looks more uniform.
The alternate installation of pegs makes it possible to carefully secure each workpiece from all sides. For tamping the soil a special tool is not required, just stamp it with your feet
Having installed all the pegs and securing them, you can slightly change the height of the parts using a hammer. Pegs do not have to be different in height - many people like straight rails made of the same elements
The final decoration of the border
If light wood does not fit well with the design of surrounding objects, it must be covered with paint of the desired shade: any tone of brown, yellow or gray. An excellent option is a special protective impregnation, which simultaneously preserves the wood structure.
To preserve the natural texture of wood, you can use clear varnish or similar oil to protect the tree from swelling, mold and mildew
Option # 2 - building a brick border
If a country cottage is built of brick, do not even think about creating a curb for a flower bed with your own hands. You can quickly and easily make a brick edging of flower beds, which looks quite natural, especially against the background of a fence or paths of the same material.
A brick border is ideally combined with the same walls or sidewalks, as well as with any trees, shrubs or flowers
Any improvised material is suitable for marking the perimeter of a flowerbed: a thick cord, a watering hose, a rope stretched over pegs (if the shape of the object is strictly geometric - for example, rectangular or hexagonal).
We dig a shallow trench right along the indicated contour, the depth of which is about 0.15 m. The width of the groove should be slightly larger than the width of the brick - about 0.25 m.
An ideally straight curb line can be replaced with a looser one - curved or zigzag, but taking into account different brick laying
Concrete trench pouring
Pour the prepared solution in advance into the trench, not adding 1-2 cm to the top. We leave the concrete to harden for several days.
For the installation of a concrete base, you can purchase a dry cement mixture in a store. Before laying brick, the surface must be cleaned of debris
In our case, the bricks are placed on a concrete base in the direction along the border of the flowerbed, but they can also be laid across or diagonally.
The height of the border for the flowerbed can be adjusted in two stages: during the digging of the trench and directly in the process of laying bricks
We leave a small distance (about 0.1 m) to the lawn if a lawn mower is used on the site. To fix the border, we fill the left 1-2 cm and the spaces between the bricks with concrete.
The advantage of a brick border is that a strong and durable fence can be created at any stage of the arrangement of the flowerbed: before planting plants or during their flowering
We fill the surrounding soil with earth - a neat brick border is ready.
Option # 3 - two types of plastic fencing
To create a plastic border for a flowerbed, you can use two ways: buy finished products in a store or create an original fence from plastic bottles.
Plastic borders are made of durable modified plastic that lasts for many years, does not fade and does not change shape under sunlight
If you need to quickly arrange a flower garden - the purchase option is optimal, in addition, such fences have a large assortment and are quite inexpensive.
Plastic enclosures are modular, that is, they are assembled from many identical elements. At the end of the season they can be easily dismantled and stored for storage in the back room.
But you can use your imagination and lay out a fence of empty plastic bottles, which are usually sold lemonade, beer or kvass. This is easy to do: along the perimeter of the flowerbed they dig a trench with a depth of about ½ of the used containers. Bottles are placed in the prepared groove with their bottoms up and buried, tamping the soil along the edges. For a change, the aerial part of the fence can be painted in cheerful shades, combined with flowers growing on the flowerbed.
Protections from plastic bottles, tightly fixed, are not inferior in functionality to wooden borders: they keep the shape of the flowerbed perfectly and do not allow the soil to crumble
Thus, flower beds can be fenced in any way, the main thing is that the material for the border is combined with surrounding objects.