I’ve been on the hunt for good garden edging for a while now. I’ve noticed that the lawn keeps creeping into my garden beds and the garden beds keep moving out to the lawn. I get a good shape to things and then in a few months I have no idea where that imaginary line is supposed to be located. During a our recent visit to Cypress Gardens, read more on that HERE, I saw this very simple metal edging. Love!
I came home from Cypress Gardens and figured I would get on Google, find this exact product, and DONE. I would have the solution to my garden edging issues.
It wasn’t that easy. I couldn’t find anything that I like, or could even begin to afford for that matter. I Googled everything I could think of: “garden edging” “metal loops” “wire garden edging” and every combination of those. Nothing.
While my dad and I were walking through Home Depot looking for big screws for a different project we walked by the copper tubing for air conditioning and I realized that might be exactly what I need. Copper? It has to be copper? Copper garden edging? There probably isn’t a more expensive material right now, but of course I loved it. Hmm… maybe gold will do next time!
I went with the widest copper available in a 25′ length. You can see here what the entire roll looks like when you take it out of the box. I’ve been fortunate enough to recently work with artist J.A. Cobb on a project called “Ribbit the Exhibit” where he makes sculptures out of copper sheeting. You can see Andy’s work HERE. During a presentation he mentioned that copper only likes to move a certain direction so you need to work with that and follow the natural flow of the material.
I kept Andy’s comments in mind as I began to pull off each of my curves from the coil. Rather than fighting it, and risking a kink, I followed the natural way the copper wanted to bend. I couldn’t really measure this, so I rolled out the first coil until it was about the size that I wanted (accounting for the part that would be secured in the soil).
Copper is soft enough that I was able to snip this off with my regular wire cutters. It pinched the end shut slightly, and I actually think this made it a little easier to get in the ground.
You can see here that I ended with six curves from each roll. I just got lucky on this! There was a little bit of variance, 2-4″, in the length but overall I think they turned out pretty well. Keeping the original was really good to use for a pattern as I formed the next curves.
You can see here how nice they look in the ground. The edges overlap just a little bit but the overall effect is really simple and composed. It gives our crazy garden a little bit of structure! I am working to keep the plants contained within these curves and to keep the lawn outside. So far, so good. The first day that these went in they were a little gaudy in the metallic-feel, but in just a couple of weeks they have started to get more of a patina and soften the harshness of the metal. As I work to bring a more unified look to our garden and landscape I think that this copper garden edging is a good component to tie things together.
Even if it is the most expensive thing in the Irrigation Aisle!