Lawn and garden edging completes the look of a landscape, defines spaces and keeps plants and grass from running wild.
But it can be hard to find edging that complements your style, is affordable and practical. Consider budget, materials and personal style when adding that finishing touch to your landscape.
6 Ideas for Edges and Borders
1. No-Dig Edging
No-dig edging is quite simply the easiest to install. The only materials needed are edging and a hammer. Materials vary from flexible rubber to faux stone. Simply hammer sections of the edging into the soil and snap together to create custom lengths.
2. Flexible Strip Edging
Strip edging allows you to easily create circular designs and defined borders. It comes in plastic, rubber and metal. Plastic is less expensive and easiest to install. Edging is available in lengths up to 60 feet, which may eliminate the need for connecting points.
3. Mulching an Edge
For a natural and affordable border, use a landscaping edger to dig a narrow trench around the outside of the bed, just inside your grass line. Further trim and neaten edge using a flat spade. Lay 2-3 inches of mulch inside the trench to suppress weeds and offer color contrast.
4. Wood Edging
Wood edging comes precut, either as round logs or flat boards. The types of wood most often used include cedar, cypress and redwood, which resist rot naturally when lying next to soil. Choose pressure-treated wood for larger projects.
5. Masonry Edging
From stone to brick or concrete, masonry edging is perfect for wide borders. It will raise the garden bed edge slightly and help retain mulch. Masonry edging can be expensive, but choose wisely and the materials will last a lifetime.
6. Decorative Edging
Add a personal touch to your landscape that is also practical with decorative edging. Choose one that best suits your personality such as a whimsical miniature fence or solar-lighted plastic bricks. The options are endless.
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