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Landscape Edging Ideas

There are many options for lawn edging materials. Use this guide to choose the best product for your landscape.

Wood Lawn Edging.

Benefits of Edging

Concrete Patio Stone Lawn Edging.

There are many practical benefits to adding edging to your landscape. Lawn edging:

  • Gives you a cleaner mowing and trimming line.
  • Saves trimming and weeding time.
  • Keeps mulch where it belongs.
  • Provides a root barrier to prevent invasive lawn grasses from entering flower beds.
  • Adds value to your landscape without necessarily spending a lot of money.
  • Shows off your flowers and shrubs.
  • Complements and contrasts the house and the remainder of your landscape.
  • Adapts to straight or curved areas with equal ease.

Edging Types

Composite Lawn Edging.

There are a variety of edging options to help you achieve the perfect look for your landscape:

  • Wood: Styles range from natural finish to decorative "fence" versions. Landscape timbers are also popular for larger areas.
  • Composite: Made from recycled wood products and offers the texture of wood grain.
  • Metal: Gives a commercial look and is long-lasting.
  • Plastic: Available in rolls or decorative "fence" styles.
  • Stone, brick or concrete: Gives a more formal appearance. Use precast concrete or brick in a saw tooth / zigzag pattern.
  • Living: Use living plants such as mondo grass, Dusty Miller or other seasonal annuals.
  • Natural: With a garden spade, cut a V-shape into the sod.

Installing edging can be as simple as cutting a shallow trench or groove into the sod and laying the edging into the cut area. Some edging is set onto or pushed into the ground. Plastic roll and metal edging need to be secured with stakes.

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Good to Know

If you need to dig into the sod, the ground should be soft but not soaked or frozen.

Maintaining Edging

Plastic Lawn Edging.

Maintenance of the edging itself should be minimal. Take the time to keep grass and weeds at bay. String trimmers and power edgers can help you keep these areas looking good. Hand tools such as spades and hoes also help you keep edging neat.