Scrap Wood Garden Edging

Scrap Wood Garden Edging

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We have a very long driveway.  Along this driveway runs a very long planter bed.

This is what it looked like when we bought the house:DIY scrapwood garden edging from

So originally, we built a raised bed of pressure-treated wood to hold in all the dirt.  For the last few years, it’s looked like this:

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Nevermind the squirrel-hunting hijinks happening here (and also nevermind the pre-renovation ramshackle garage).

When we acquired the chickens, there was a whole lot of this going on in those beds:Dirt bathing chicken at


And this:

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It looks bad, I know. This looks like roadkill. But this is a seriously contented bird lolling in the warm dirt.

And this:Landscape helpers at

And so, most days, our driveway winds up looking like this:DIY scrap wood garden edging from

And this:DIY scrapwood garden edging from

Because of some very serious neat-freak issues, this just wasn’t working for me.  The obvious solution is to fill the planters with so much vegetation that there is no free dirt for the ladies to get into….but this is a huge bed to fill, and, though I am working on it, I needed a quicker solution (and also, I happen to get a kick out of watching their dirt bath antics).

Enter our ever-expanding piles of scrap wood:DIY scrapwood garden edging from

With so many projects going on all the time, we are constantly collecting remnant wood….in fact, most moments, we are completely overrun with scrap because I refuse to throw it away.  So when we can come up with a use for it, especially a cute use for it….I get unnecessarily excited.

The scrap that I used for this started in all shapes and sizes: slabs of plywood, bits of 2×4, planks ripped off the side of the old garage, cedar fencing, and more.  You may remember this photo from a previous post about our scrap pile.Scrap wood garden edging from

I selected my victims and cut the wood into completely random bits, all roughly around a foot or so tall (but sometimes as short as 6 inches tall, just to get a really good gap-toothed vibe), varying widths.  There was really no rhyme or reason, at all.Scrapwood garden edging from

Then I gathered up all my miscellaneous cans of leftover house paint (my theory was that these were all colors I had used throughout the house and garden and so, therefore, they’d coordinate.  Right?  Right.), and painted them randomly and sloppily.  A lot of these pieces already had old paint on them–I slapped new paint on a few of them, but mostly left the old weathered pieces alone.  Also, I left quite a few pieces completely unfinished.DIY scrap wood garden edging from

I wanted the paint finish to be patchy on these, because I want them to weather a bit naturally–I like the look of old, chippy weathered wood.  Obviously, if you want these to last a good long time, you’d better seal them up really well and not follow my lead.  But I want mine to weather.  I may seal them once they’ve aged a bit.  We’ll see.  I get distracted pretty easily.

After the bits and pieces dried, we screwed them in, in random order to the inside edge of the pressure-treated wood curb.  Obviously, not everyone has such a curb–I share my recipe for a stand-alone version down below.DIY scrap wood garden edging from

DIY scrap wood garden edging from Farmhouse38.comThe real point of this edging, for me anyhow, was to keep the chicken dirt bath spray somewhat contained.  Remarkably, it’s totally working!DIY scrap wood garden edging from

DIY scrap wood garden edging from Farmhouse38.comThe chickens don’t seem the least bit fazed by it.DIY scrap wood garden edging from

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The varying heights of the edging allows for some very lazy bug picking maneuvers.

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Squirrel hunting is a much tidier affair now that the edging is in place. Chance approves (actually, it’s quite obvious in this photo how much he could actually care less).

We are currently in the process of turning our back garden into a ‘Chicken Garden’; what was once my enchanting, flower-filled oasis has literally gone to the birds.  As part of this do-over, I want to use this scrap edging back there, as well.  The only problem is, there’s no wood curb to attach it to….we needed to modify it so that it could be free-standing.

From Home Depot, I grabbed some cheap garden-variety garden edging that comes in two foot strips that click together on the ends.  I also got me some metal garden stakes.


DIY scrap wood garden edging from Farmhouse38.comFor my purposes, the metal stakes needed a couple of holes drilled into each of them (though I am sure there are stakes that come like this, I just haven’t found them yet).  This is a little time consuming, but easy enough with a metal drill bit.DIY scrap wood garden edging from


Now lay out your wood pieces and attach the plastic edging to their backsides with an industrial stapler.  Let the pointy side of the plastic edging stick out beyond the bottoms of the wood pieces–this goes into the ground and helps stabilize the whole thing.DIY scrap wood garden edging from


Now screw in your stakes, one on each end of the two-foot length of edging.DIY scrap wood garden edging from

Finally, pick your spot, and pound that sucker into the ground.DIY scrap wood garden edging from

Unfortunately, the Chicken Garden is a work in progress….you’ll see the final results of this edging project when I do the reveal post on that.  Soon!  Very sooooon.  Bear with me.


  1. Great! Love your roadkill shot!

    • Thanks! That photo is my FAVORITE!!! 🙂

      • Diane

        Just when I get the gardens looking great with mulch … My girls toss the mulch everywhere!
        You created a very clever solution! I like it alot! Great thinking! Appreciate the post 🙂

  2. Susan Pleasant

    You are so cleaver. I may send you a pic of our old cracked cement patio and see if you can come up with a inexpensive solution!! S

    Sent from my iPad

    • Ha! Susan–did you see our awful, cracked driveway?? I do actually have a nefarious plan to deal with it that doesn’t involve re-doing the whole driveway….we’ll see if it works out….who knows!!!

  3. Love it! Now that those girls have some privacy for their baths, you might start checking in there for eggs, too. 😉

  4. Looks like a jolly time happening in your driveway. I so look forward to your posts, dear, clever one. And the girlz have a bit of privacy during their hunting and pecking time. Are those Sunny Knock Out Roses in your border? I have one here in hot, humid summer Virginia, and it seems to thrive. Season two coming up.
    By the way have your visited my recent posts lately? You are not alone in your unique perspective on life. Diane 😉

    • Haven’t made it over, recently–will have to come for a visit! 🙂 Those are iceburg roses there (not doing too shabby for being in the shade most of the day!!). Thanks, Diane!

  5. This is great! Thanks for the clear instructions, too!

  6. Very cute! And a great way to reuse the scrap pile!

  7. What a great upgrade and so practical too. Love it.

  8. love, love, love it!!! Will definitely do this….can’t wait! Thanks!

  9. Great ideas for the wood … I am not that creative when it comes to thinking of things to do like this … I probably would have just burned the non treated wood in my outdoor firepit then added the ashes to my compost pile.

    • Not a bad option either! I am seriously lacking ash for my compost–don’t even have a wood-burning fireplace to rob for it! 🙂

  10. Aaah… look at all the comments! Folks like your style… I do, too! When I see all the wonderful things you are doing at your house, it almost gives me a sense of having accomplished something worthwhile myself… like I’m part of it. (And all I’m doing is sitting at my computer WISHING I was getting something done!) Hopefully, one day it will light the spark that will actually get me doing some of my projects that need getting done… hopefully.

    • Oh–you are so sweet, Charlotte!!!–thanks for tuning in and for all your comments–love it! 🙂

  11. I just love this idea! Looks fabulous … you are so creative. Very lucky chooks!

    • Thank you so much!! Those are definitely some spoiled little hens! Hahahah!

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