• March 4, 2024

Natural border edges! Make a raised border from tree trunks or willow twigs

 

Are you looking for a cheap alternative to concrete stacking blocks (we see them everywhere in the Netherlands, it is not very original anymore…) or do you think Corten steel border edges do not quite suit your garden? And do you like to work with natural materials from our own Netherlands? In this blog you will see various examples of natural border edges.

Making borders of borders from braided willow trees
You can easily braid a vegetable garden box or border into a round shape with willow twigs. Place a narrow picket post of 4×4 cm thickness every 50-60 cm or place a thick willow toe as a vertical upright. Always braid back and forth. Always press firmly. Always alternate the thickest side left and right. Suitable for low border edges and light applications. Finish with root cloth and fill in with not too heavy soil, such as humus-rich garden soil.

In addition to willow branches, you can also choose the slightly thicker hazel branches for braiding an edge or buy a ready-made product.

Border of sawn tree trunks
Do you still have logs from a felled tree in the same length? You can also turn this into a beautiful, natural border with a rural look. Choose to place the logs horizontally or stack them or upright next to each other. Do not make the edge too high, this way you prevent too dry borders and soil leaching. If desired, work with root cloth on the inside of the border.

You can also stack tree trunks with a length of about 30-40 cm horizontally to form a border. You can then make round shapes less well. That is very good with the standing way. We recommend the upright mode, which also reduces the chance of soil leaching.

Border edge of materials used
For example, you can also make a trendy border edge from paving stones that you break in the middle. You can even make special shapes with this if you don’t go too high.

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