Bed enclosure


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The bedding frame emphasizes the garden style

Straight borders made of different materials offer almost unlimited possibilities to underline the style of a garden or bed in an ideal way. Near-natural plantings are enhanced by a border of untreated oak trunks or field stones in their effect. Peat logs are ideal for heathland or peat bogs and an edged granite or sandstone edge is apt to highlight the exclusivity of a rose petal. However, the practical benefits of the different enclosure options are very different.

Solid elements made of concrete or natural stone easily keep the plants in check, especially when the stones have been embedded in a concrete foundation. For lighter wood or wicker fences, the look is in the foreground: here it can happen that one or the other foothills of a perennial leaves the designated area and spreads beyond the bed frame. But just that gives natural gardens again a certain charm, the lovers of this garden style so much appreciated.

Beeteinfassung of natural stones

Flower beds made of granite stones

The natural stone bed surround (left) also serves as a guide for the lawn mower. A bed surround made of granite stones (right) is a permanent solution

Surrounds of boxwood

The gardeners have probably recognized early on that the perpetual fight with spreading joyful perennial or herb beds is quite laborious in the long run. In any case, the history of bedding - in the past mostly in the form of a small boxwood hedge - is almost as old as that of European gardening. Without a regular cut, however, the appearance of the boxwood soon leaves something to be desired. The evergreen jack-of-all-trades are also plagued by diseases and pests such as the instinctual dying and boxwood throats. No wonder, then, that many gardeners are looking for substitute plants for the boxwood or opting for wood, metal, stone, terracotta or even plastic edging.

Beeteinfassung of boxwood

A border of evergreen rows of box trees gives your planting a clear structure

Surroundings of stone

Durable and easy care are mainly stone surrounds. Once professionally laid in a subsoil of sand or gravel and stabilized with a cement mixture, edges of granite, sandstone or basalt will last forever. In rural refuges, clinker bricks are often laid as edging. The reddish-brown cuboids can either be arranged uniformly next to each other like a narrow band or embed diagonally into the ground. This creates a decorative zigzag edge. Higher enclosures of stone palisades are interesting not least for hillside gardens. With them you can catch slight height differences. However, they must be placed in a stable concrete foundation to withstand the one-sided earth pressure.

Base for bedding palisades

Both low and high enclosures made of natural stone or concrete palisades should be anchored firmly in the ground with a concrete foundation. For the depth, the benchmark applies: one third of the stockade height plus an addition of 20 to 30 centimeters

Living surrounds

In addition to the structural variants, living enclosures from plants are still in demand. There are a number of perennials and shrubs with a variety of flower colors and leaf shapes that are suitable as bedding borders. The most important criteria of a good bordering plant is a compact, horstiger growth (no runners!), A dense root ball, which is not so easy to penetrate by other plants, and a good cut compatibility. In addition, it is sometimes helpful if the plants have thorns, such as the box-tree berberis (Berberis buxifolia 'Nana'); It is the ideal frame for keeping dogs and cats away.

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Corten steel surrounds

In all areas around the house, one often encounters discreet but effective edges made of Corten steel. This material is a combination of metals that have proven to be unusually weather-resistant even without a corrosion coating. The natural rust forms dense layers that protect the steel interior from further weathering in the long term. Fresh from the production of the steel is still gray, only under the weather, it turns rusty red. For incorporation into the ground you need for the elements that exist in different heights and lengths, no special substructure.

Bed surround made of Cortensteel

Corten steel strips are increasingly being used as a bedding border, and not just in modern landscaped gardens

Decorative surrounds

For refuges with rural charm, selections of willow or hazel are the first choice. Any garden owner can either put them in the ground as a ready-made element between vegetables or flowers or even weave a low fence from the branches themselves.Over time, however, such natural materials become brittle and can break apart. Without great effort, you can also put decorated borders of cast iron with pegs in the ground. These pretty deco elements fit perfectly in beds with a romantic-looking planting. Depending on the vigor of the plants can be limited with such plug elements and only partial areas.

Beeteinfassung of wicker

Beeteinfassung made of metal

Pasture mini fences (left) are the first choice for cottage gardens and herbal beds. You can braid yourself with a little manual skill. Ornate iron ornaments (on the right) are simply put into the earth, where they mark the footing

Install bed enclosures yourself

Universal enclosure systems from specialist retailers, such as garden profiles made of aluminum or stainless steel, can easily be installed by home gardeners themselves. In this example, 15 to 20 centimeters high profiles are used later.

Install aluminum bed frame

Moisten the soil and prick it 10 to 15 inches deep and a few inches wide. Stones and roots must be removed

Install aluminum bed frame

Install aluminum bed frame

The profiles are first inserted in half and aligned with fixing bars made of galvanized metal to the required length (left). With a hard rubber mallet and a plastic inserter, which is placed on the upper edge of the profile, you drive the border into the ground (right). The fixation rods are then pulled out again and the gap is filled with soil

Railway sleepers are prohibited

Railway sleepers were among the most popular bed frames in the 1980s - not least because they were reasonably priced. Since 1992, the sale of railway sleepers to private individuals and the use of used railway sleepers in the garden are prohibited by law. The reason: The discarded oak planks were treated with highly toxic tar oils to protect them from rot. The ingredients of these tar oils are partly carcinogenic, the railway sleepers are therefore considered hazardous waste. For the garden trade, the specialist trade has long been offering new, untreated squared timbers made of oak in the railway sleepers format, which are, however, significantly more expensive.

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