Garden, Landscape and Lawn Edging

Why Landscape, Lawn or Garden Edging?

Edging is both an effective and attractive way to partition your garden into separate areas, such as your lawn from your garden beds. It need not be costly and can give your garden more definition, adding structure to an otherwise casual yard.

Garden edging is one of many products that can enhance your new home, and can also reduce the amount of work required to maintain your landscaping. In the garden, edging defines spaces and separates grass from planting beds, ground covers, turf areas, as well as being a surround for a path.
Garden Edging

There are many varieties of garden edging materials.

Let’s consider some of them.

Concrete, stone or brick pavers can be used as garden edging. They are available in a wide variety of colors, shapes and patterns, thus provides a complimentary decorative element to most garden themes. By using lower level materials, such as flat pavers and sandstone pieces, to mark out your garden beds and allowing the plants contained within the beds to grow over your edging you can achieve an informal but elegant look.

Flat Stone Edging

Flat stone or level bricks produce a softer line. Bluestone and brick are both good choices for color and texture. Consider laying lengths of flat bluestone on both sides of a grass path, or set bricks halfway in the ground in a dogtooth pattern.

Raised Stone Edging

When raised above the soil level, edging prevents mulch from washing away. Alternatively, when laid flush with the surface, flat stones or brick become a timesaving mowing strip because stray grass can be kept in check with a quick shear. 

Raised Stone Edging

Edging Material Suppliers

Visit any home center, garden center or landscaping supplies business and you will see all sorts of garden edging products. Some of these products are metal, while others are wood or plastic.

Amongst the most common types of edging materials are the wooden cut-offs that come pre-joined in chain-like configuration ready for laying into position. The advantage of using wooden edging is that it blends beautifully with gardens achieving a very natural look.

Perhaps the least expensive edging products are the thin plastic ones that have a rounded top. Thin edging material comes in handy if your path and drive are curved. These materials bend around very tight radius curves.

Other popular types include bricking, decorative iron boarders, using other plants to form a mini hedge-like edge and cutting away a small clearing between the lawn and beds. Pavers for use as garden edging are readily available from your local garden center or landscaping supply store. All are just as effective but some that use a hedge-like effect require additional up-keep so keep this in mind when you make your selection. The metal, wood and plastic materials might satisfy your earth-friendly requirement as they could be made from recycled materials

Setting Out Garden Edging

The easiest way to edge your garden is to mark out areas where you would like to have garden beds. Once you have planned the overall design for your bedding areas lay out some general markers to help you when you get to the step of actually edging the territory. Remember there is no rule as to what materials should or can be used for edging. Just keep in mind that by using larger edging and raising your garden beds you can help with drainage and this may lessen any restrictions you have in terms of what you grow due to root rot or retention of excess water.