Garden Edging


Prevent grass from spreading into other areas of your lawn and garden with garden edging. Garden edging is available in simple to elaborate materials, but they all function to outline garden spaces with neat and attractive borders. Install garden edging in your landscape to transform any landscape into a well-manicured oasis.


Garden edging functions as a barrier to prevent grass from spreading beyond its designated area, giving the landscape a neat appearance. It adds texture, color and dimension to natural landscapes. When set flush with the surface of the grass, the garden edging forms an easy mowing edge that eliminates the need for using a trimmer.


Many types of garden edging are available. A hidden garden edging made of metal and plastic is installed by digging a trench in the soil. The top edge of these strips is left exposed at the height of lawn to create a neat divide between the lawn and garden bed. Create a garden edging using pavers. A walkway made with pavers can also function as garden edging. Pavers used as edging are arranged in straight lines or curves. Stone, slate, concrete or brick pavers can be used to coordinate with your yard's design. Edge your landscape with concrete. Concrete molds along the landscape edge layout make it possible to pour the concrete on-site. Once it sets, the concrete frames out the edges of your lawn and garden in one, seamless strip. Raised garden edging uses layered brick, stone or weather-resistant wood pieces such as cedar and pressure-treated lumber to form a short wall along the garden's outline. These arrangements can contain a flower bed, water fountain or serve as a retaining wall against a sloped landscape.


Low-growing ground covers are a natural garden edging that not only delineates the garden areas but also adds color, height and botanical interest to the landscape. Some ground covers that work well as garden edging include flowering plantings such as hosta, alyssum and dianthus or evergreen plantings such as juniper.


Plan the design of your garden edging around existing trees and plantings in your layout design. Working around your existing landscape will create an interesting design that is easy for the eye follow. It will also make the edging seamlessly blend into the landscape, whether you are adding it to an existing landscape or developing a new one.


Many garden edgings are easy to install yourself. Some edging requires a trench to be dug to recess it below the surface line, while others are simply placed on top of the soil. Even for raised garden edging, you might want to anchor the base into the soil to give it more stability, especially if it will function as a low retaining wall for a raised garden bed or a place to sit.

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Naima Manal's articles on health, diet, nutrition, alternative medicine, education, parenting, crafts, travel, home and garden and home improvement have appeared on eHow, Garden Guides, Trails, ConnectED, Helium and others. Manal received her B.S. degree in biology/pre-medical studies from Molloy College in 1994 and has been a freelance writer, teacher and homeschooling mom since 1993.