Trees can and should be included when coming up with landscaping ideas for your home.
It can be challenging to come up with edging ideas around trees.
- What edging to use around trees?
Landscaping edging around trees depends on the size of the tree, the soil, and how many exposed tree roots you see.
- How do you edge around a tree?
To edge around a tree, include a fabric layer (or just use cardboard), plants, and mulch or gravel.
- Should you put edging around a tree?
Yes! There are many reasons to add edging. The biggest is that it gives you the opportunity to tie into your yard’s landscape design. It can also act as a deterrent to hungry deer or keep pets away from species that can make them sick.
Here are eighteen edging ideas around trees to explore.
1. Retaining Wall Tree Edging Idea
A low retaining wall can help create lawn edging around a mature tree. To level out the area around the base, add rows of bricks to add as many layers as necessary.
Mulch covered exposed tree roots.
2. White Precast Brick Edging Idea
Precast bricks were used to add a type of well structure as a raised garden bed. Sharp slabs cover exposed tree roots and also prevent wildlife from burrowing.
Landscape ideas don’t have to be a permanent structure. Notice that the brick edging used here is stacked without mortar. This edging idea can be changed out as inspiration strikes or, if any brick becomes damaged and needs to be replaced.
3. Tree Edging Idea With River Rocks
Covering tree roots doesn’t have to be complicated. An easy edging idea is to cover the area surrounding the base with landscape fabric and organic mulch.
A circle of smooth river stones around the outer edge hides the electrical conduit. The flexible molding makes lawn care easy.
4. Edging Idea Around Dangerous Trees
Landscaping ideas often evolve from necessity. If your trees are poisonous, you’ll want to expand the garden edging to deter kids and pets from getting too close.
Larger stones create the landscaping around trees. The inner circle is filled with ground cover and larger stones are at the base of the tree.
5. Tree Edging Idea Inspired by Railroad Ties
Planks of raw edge lumber were sanded smooth and stacked to create a raised garden bed that covers the tree roots.
Lights and lawn statues add whimsy.
6. Easy DIY Tree Border Garden Idea
Two types of flowers and a basic landscape border are all that was needed to add charm to the base of this tree.
The edging is made from precast materials that have been spray-painted on both sides.
7. Modern Tree Edging Idea
Getting a modern look means getting a smooth, sleek finish. The smooth circles that form the garden edging can be made with stamped concrete.
The roots are covered, and the hole is filled with gravel. The entire design is even with the rest of the lawn.
8. Dry Riverbed Edging Around Tropical Trees
The edging seen here is made from river stone.
River rocks are common when used with the urn as a dry riverbed. It’s a little unusual to see it in a circle, but that adds to the uniqueness around this palm tree.
9. Tree Edging Idea Using Brick Pavers
Landscaping around trees can be as affordable as laying down a couple of rows of brick pavers.
Dropping down any type of stones works for this garden edging idea.
10. Create Dramatic Tree Edging With a Hedge
Landscape edging ideas can be modeled from garden beds. A boxwood shrub provides a simple solution to the garden edging around trees.
The idea is that it’s thick enough to discourage deer and other smaller animals from gnawing at the tree trunk. It’s also easy to maintain.
11. Super Easy Tree Edging Idea
Tulips look amazing in the center of this garden bed. The edging is made from larger rocks.
Dropping the edging below the grass keeps the design from getting out of control.
12. Tree Edging With Bulbs
Garden edging ideas around trees can mimic any standard garden edging. Coleus bulbs and container plants fill this garden.
Garden edging ideas around trees can mimic any standard garden edging. Coleus bulbs and container plants fill this garden. The garden edging idea seen here can be made from either small tree branches or reeds.
13. Wishing Well Tree Edging Idea
Pre-cut rock slabs are set up as edging in a pattern similar to a wishing well. Flowers add color and solar lights add character after sunset.
14. Corner Landscape Edging Idea for Small Trees
This is an amazing edging idea for the corner of a yard. A small tree is planted deep enough for its root system to thrive. A secondary level was created with a raised flower bed.
The reclaimed bricks have an interesting color palette. The owners intend for this to be a permanent structure as it’s set into place with mortar.
15. Sweetheart Tree Edging Idea
Here’s a sweet edging idea using precast bricks.
A heart shape was formed around the base of the tree. Red mulch adds another dimension to this tree base edging idea.
16. Bulbs and Perennials Tree Edging
Turn your edging around the tree into a perennial garden with coleus bulbs and ornamental grass.
17. Tree Edging Idea for Exposed Roots
If the base of your tree has too many roots to plant a flower bed, go with a container garden. The edging here was set with three rows of reclaimed bricks.
The roots prevent a proper from growing, so the owners created a container and rock garden. The advantage here is it can be filled with all types of flowers and succulents.
18. Basic and Beautiful Flower Garden Edging
Here’s another edging idea around a tree that includes precast bricks and a raised flower bed.
The trees may have exposed roots and will need more water, so choose flowers that work in shallow soil and are drought-tolerant.