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Landscape Edging Ideas

There are many options for landscape edging materials. Use this guide to find lawn and garden edging ideas and 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.

Types of Edging

Composite Lawn Edging.

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

  • Wood landscape edging: Styles range from natural finish to decorative "fence" versions. Landscape timbers and railroad ties are also popular for larger areas.
  • Composite landscape edging: Made from recycled wood products and offers the texture of wood grain.
  • Metal landscape edging: Gives a commercial look and is long-lasting.
  • Plastic landscape edging: Available in rolls or decorative "fence" styles.
  • Stone, brick or concrete landscape edging: Gives a more formal appearance. Use precast concrete or brick in a saw tooth / zigzag pattern.

Installing edging is a simple project. The ground should be soft and not soaked or frozen. Cut 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

Plants such as mondo grass, Dusty Miller or other seasonal annuals can act as living edging. For a different type of natural edging, use a garden spade to cut a V-shape into the sod.

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.