Landscaping Using Slab Borders-- Ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Landscaping with concrete slab borders can bring a relaxed style or elegance to your yard. Homeowners get tired of pulling up deteriorated and rotting wood, metal and plastic edging. For a cleaner and longer-lasting border, use concrete slab borders. Sometimes referred to as concrete curbing, slab borders are most commonly used to separate garden beds, lawn or paved areas in your yard. With such a wide array of choices in colour, style and shape, you can install slab borders that meet whatever need you have.

Mowing Edge

Slab borders add neatness to your landscape, keeping the grass out of your plantings and the mulch and soil in your beds. Install a mower’s edge. This style of border has a high and low level. Run your mower wheels along the lower side of the curbing, ensuring a cut that will minimise the need for lawn edging.

Stable Edging

Landscape slab borders can be laid out as separate pieces that abut each other to form a continuous border, or the individual pieces can be mortared together to keep them from shifting due to erosion or movement by a mower or wheelbarrow. Slab borders can be purchased in colours that include grey, white and brick red. They can be stamped to mimic the look of textured stone and brick or moulded to look like stone.

Pond Edging

Use a concrete slab border to hold down a pond liner and camouflage its edges. Use a border that mimics stone and let the border hang 1- to 2-inches over the water’s edge for a natural appearance.


Build your own scree--a prominent outcropping that simulates the look of a pile of stone at the bottom of a cliff. On an incline, stack pieces of slab border on top of each other in a random fashion. Use little or no plant material to complete the look.


When deciding on width and heft of your slab borders consider the size of your landscape. Despite the size you think is appropriate for the area, think a little larger to get the optimal effect. Take care that plants do not minimise the look of your slab border. Plant dwarf varieties inside the border where they won't cover it up. Be sure to position your slab border high enough to stand out, but low enough for your plantings to spill over them.

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Based in eastern Virginia, Cathy Welch began writing nonfiction articles and novels in 1996. She wrote a short story that appears in John Maxwell’s “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.” She writes reviews and nonfiction for Longridge Writer’s Group. Welch holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Christopher Newport University with a concentration in management.