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Edging Buying Guide

You don't need to have a green thumb to have a great looking backyard. The little things make the biggest difference. One small project you can do is to add landscape edging. Edging is a great way to separate your lawn from your planting beds or patio. It's both attractive and practical, giving your yard a more manicured look without a great deal of work.

Wood Edging Around a Flowerbed.

Benefits of 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

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.
  • 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

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.