Landscaping With Logs for a Whimsical Garden Design

Incorporate log rounds into your garden design for an earth-inspired touch. Landscaping with logs is easy, not to mention free!
By Craig Braunschweig
August/September 2014
Add to My MSN

Cherry tomatoes tumble over this log wall.
Photo by Craig Braunschweig


Content Tools

Related Content

Keeping Moles and Birds Away From Your Produce

Use old CDs and soda cans to keep pests out of your garden.

Start Your Own Shiitake Mushroom Logs

Start your own mushroom garden using hardwood logs. It's so easy, a beginning homesteader can do it!

Tractors vs. Horses Amish-style

Using horses rather than tractors may turn out to be the greenest way to farm.

Living the Homesteading Question

Imagine farm life in Virginia in the 1900s. That is exactly what Logan and Heather Ward did, spendin...

Try unsplit log rounds as an inexpensive and eco-minded material for your next landscaping or gardening project. You can create borders and soil-retaining walls with log rounds. They last about as long as milled lumber, and they provide more flexibility in garden design. As an added bonus, the landscaping is easy to fix if a log rots out, plus the wood will match the natural earth tones of your outdoor space.

To begin landscaping with logs, select the best pieces you can find. If you don’t have direct access to log rounds, check with a local firewood provider. Pace your garden off and set the logs on end in your desired shape. Setting the logs into a shallow trench will add stability on flat ground, and staking each one in place will help, too.

Create spectacular color displays by using the flat tops of the rounds as pedestals for potted plants. I like to allow my tomatoes to grow over the wall to create a feeling of an old wood structure being swallowed by new growth, and to help keep the leaves and fruit dry when watering the plants.

Craig Braunschweig
Redway, California








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.