Straw Wattles for Garden Bed Edging

You can use straw wattles for garden bed edging to hold soil in place and to control erosion.

garden bed edging with straw wattles

These straw wattles hold soil in place. 

Photo By Jim Furness

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I don’t like to use redwood lumber as garden bed edging any more than necessary, and especially not 2-by-12 lumber, which needs to come from larger trees. The solution I’ve found is straw wattles. Normally used for erosion control, they come in 25-foot lengths and are 8 inches thick. They’re infinitely flexible and eventually compostable. I expect them to last about three years. Each 25-foot wattle costs me about $17, and they are available at construction and irrigation supply stores.

In my garden, I put gopher wire and some cardboard under my raised beds for weed suppression. Then I use the wood stakes that come with the wattles to hold the wattles in place.

Jim Furness
Santa Rosa, California