How to Find Garden Edging


Garden edging takes many forms, from manufactured to natural choices, depending on the preferences of the landscaper. Edging serves a functional purpose to retain soil in the garden and limit lawn encroachment into the garden bed. Edging also serves as a decorative landscape element. Finding garden edging requires some investigation to determine the best choice for your landscape.

Step 1

Measure the length and width of the areas requiring garden edging. Jot these values down on a scrap piece of paper. Create a quick sketch of the landscape to include your house, driveway, sidewalk and any other permanent structures near the garden.

Step 2

Stand at ground level to view the garden plot. Look for the color tones of the structures around it. These tones offer ways to blend edging with the surrounding landscape. If the sidewalk consists of brick, selecting brick edging creates continuity between the two features. A wooden front porch blends well with a complementary wooden garden border.

Step 3

Decide the type of material for the garden edging. Materials include wood, plastic fencing, native rock, metal edging, plastic edging, brick and pre-cast pavers. Each type varies greatly in price. If you want a low-cost solution, check into obtaining native rocks from a nearby construction site for free.

Step 4

Visit the local garden center to check prices of most pre-formed edging materials. For pavers, check with local rock companies or quarries for the best rates. Manually edging the garden involves cutting a trench into the turf using a flat-blade shovel. Pick up an edging shovel at the garden center. Consult local landscapers and nurseries for deals on edging materials. These companies frequently offer garden edging at a slightly reduced rate from retail stores.

Step 5

Check online for ideas and edging deals at reputable online vendors. Many do-it-yourself tips sites contain links to sellers who offer reduced rates in comparison with hardware stores and garden centers. Remember that purchasing online almost always involves paying for shipping. Figure this cost into the overall project cost if you choose to order online. You may end up saving money purchasing the same product at a slightly higher rate locally.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Landscape drawing
  • Computer


  • University of Florida: Low Maintenance Landscapes
  • University of Wyoming: Landscape Edging a Great Addition to a Yard

Who Can Help

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Residential Landscape Design
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About this Author

S.F. Heron is an avid gardener with three years of experience in online writing and a working background in aviation and earth and ocean sciences. She is published on various sites, including Helium, eHow and Xomba. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.