In order that a garden path made by themselves could become a complete look and could be in harmony with other elements of landscape design, it is necessary to lay out a curb along its borders. To date, there are many options for curbs for the garden path, so it’s easy to go to the building store and choose the right frame for the path. Now we will give you the most popular types of curbs that can fit into almost any garden style.
Border functions and features
In addition to the decorative function, the border also has such important advantages as:
- Prevents the sprawl of cobbled paths along the sides
- Protects the garden path from the germination of grass in it, which borders on both sides
- Prevents water runoff and eroded soil on the garden path during rain or watering the lawn
- Proceeding from the above advantages prolongs the life of the garden path
Types of garden borders
So, further will be presented curbs, from the cheapest and easiest to use, to complex and more unique.
The plastic border is the cheapest and easiest framing for the garden path. Despite this, the plastic border performs its main function well, but the track does not creep and has strict contours. The advantage of the plastic border is that it is inconspicuous and suitable for gardens of any style.
Among the main advantages of the plastic border is:
- High durability of plastic
- Convenient installation/dismantling of the curb
- Has high strength
- Resistant to minor mechanical stresses
With the help of a plastic curb you can make winding contours of the garden path
It should also be noted that the plastic border does not require preliminary preparation of the soil (digging a trench, creating a drainage cushion, etc.). To fix the border on the soil, it is necessary to use special anchor pins, which are provided by the construction of the product.
If we talk about the shortcomings of the plastic border, then they include the fact that the product is not environmentally friendly, and the fact that the plastic border does not emphasize the beauty of the garden path and does not enhance its decorativeness, it only creates an inconspicuous frame.
Metal border, as well as plastic, is an inconspicuous frame of the garden path. Proceeding from this advantage and disadvantages of the metal border are similar to plastic.
It should be noted that the construction of the metal border is slightly different and is a strip of steel, aluminum or copper, which are buried in the soil along the garden path and protect the path from the germination of weeds and lawn grass.
Deepen the tape at least 10 cm into the soil, so that no more than 0.8″ of an inconspicuous metal border would remain on top.
Starting from this curb for garden paths, then more complex and creative frames will go that not only protect the path from sprawl, but also improve its decorative appearance.
Wooden borders can be represented by anything: longitudinally located cut-off bars, pegged pegs of the same diameter and even ordinary boards laid along the path.
Creating a wooden border, you must include imagination and create more creative ideas, especially as the tree can be processed with materials for landscape design, as well as burning, painting, etc.
It should be noted that the wooden border has a significant drawback – its durability does not exceed 10 years, and then, if the wood is pre-treated with antiseptic agents, and also laid on a special waterproofing layer.
The wooden border perfectly fits in country and landscape garden style, especially if the composition is additionally decorated with wooden accessories: garden figures, a well, pergola, etc.
Another advantage of the wooden border is that in the specialized construction shops there are many original wooden borders that have a small price.
We draw your attention to the fact that the wooden curb requires to itself a labor-intensive preparation of the soil: removal of the turf layer, the creation of a drainage cushion and the laying of waterproofing.
A brick border is considered the most popular and traditional frame for a garden path. The view of the brick border will visibly emphasize the contours of the garden path and give them a more refined appearance.
What would be a brick border served as long as possible, it is necessary to choose a facing brick, which has good strength, frost resistance and waterproofness.
Bricks, as a rule, are laid at an angle along the contour of the garden path. In addition, the brick frame is used to create flower beds, borders of water bodies, etc.
Border of natural stone
This type of curb requires higher cash costs, because Natural stone is not a cheap material. The border of natural stone effectively emphasizes the boundaries of the garden path and acts as an element of landscape design of the homestead territory.
Border of natural stone spread, using granite, marble, shell rock, sandstone, limestone, as well as decorative gravel and pebbles
The most successful combination of this type of curb with a garden path from pavers, paving slabs and artificial (or even natural) stone.
The border of natural stone requires a thorough preparatory work. In addition to the main works: digging a pit, creating a drainage layer, ramming, etc., it is necessary to lay a special mulch material in the trench, which will protect the curb from the germination of the grass.
What would be a border of natural stone had a harmonious appearance, it is necessary to select stones of the same size and stack them closely to each other. If for some reason a gap is formed between the stones, it is usually covered with stones of a smaller fraction.
A green border is a plant planted along the path of the garden path.
It should immediately be noted that this type of curb requires not so much money as the time for daily care of plants. The process of creating a green border is very time-consuming, and the result can be seen not immediately (the plants will gradually acquire the desired form).
Despite this, the decorative appearance of the green border does not compare not with any other kind of framing of the garden path, and the green border will fit in absolutely any garden style, the main thing is to choose the right plants.
As for plants for the green border, they should be low-growing, suitable for the climate of the cottage area, not too demanding in the care and having a nice color.
The width and height of the green border should be no more than 12″, if you want to make a higher border of plants, it will already be called a hedge, the height of which can reach up to 8 feet.
The most popular plants for the green border are the cotoneaster horizontal and boxwood.
A green border is combined with any kind of garden path.
As you can see, today there are many types of curbs for garden paths that have a different price, purpose and appearance, so with a great desire you can decorate your garden path with absolute any curb to your taste!