Concrete Borders for Flower Beds

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Concrete Borders for Flower Beds
Various types of concrete garden borders are available. (Muriel de Seze/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Flower garden borders made of concrete have provided a solid barrier between gardens and surrounding areas for many years. From short sections of preformed concrete edging supplied by home and garden stores, to specially formed poured-concrete borders common to high-end commercial and residential landscapes, there are concrete border options for many garden designs and most gardeners' budgets.

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Ready-Made Concrete Border Sections

Concrete pavers and traditional scalloped concrete garden edging can be used to border small gardens. These products are sold at home and garden supply stores and from retailers who specialise in concrete pavers. Individual concrete garden pavers can be laid next to each other to form a continuous garden border. Usually an affordable option, pavers are easy to find at local retailers and are offered in a variety of styles. The other ready-made option is the individual foot-long concrete border sections that usually feature a scalloped top edge. These are most likely the least-expensive option and are usually for sale at home and garden stores each spring. Scalloped concrete options come in straight pieces, as well as slightly curved sections for use around small round flower beds or trees.

Poured-Concrete Borders

Professionally installed poured-concrete garden borders are not just for commercial use. Concrete borders that look like sidewalk curbs, or more modern, sophisticated borders made of tinted, stamped concrete to mimic the look of glazed tile, slate, stone or brick, are available nationwide. You can find these products at landscape and concrete contractors, some of which specialise only in concrete borders.

Form Your Own Border

Landscape border kits and do-it-yourself concrete border design plans are available from various online vendors, concrete project books and garden supply stores. Plans and kits direct you through the process of planning and laying a border custom-tailored for your flower bed. Most plans begin with ground preparation and installation of guides that will hold poured concrete. Once guides are in place, all you need to do is mix your concrete and pour it into the guides. Once the concrete is dry, remove the guides, and your concrete garden border is complete.

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