Landscaping that is trimmed and has sharp definitions between the flowerbeds and grass can make a lawn look manicured. Creating sharp edges around the flowerbeds, along driveways and sidewalks lends a crisp, clean look to the lawn and garden.
A technique called Victorian edging has been used for simple borders around flowerbeds and walkways. Make Victorian edging with a shovel by digging at least 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep into the ground between the 2 areas to make a clear definition. This method is time consuming and requires some physical effort. However, there are edging tools that can create this same trench with less effort. Either method will need to be repeated two or three times a year depending on how fast the grass and weeds grow.
There are different types of chemicals available at your home center that will kill the grass and weeds but will not kill the flowers. Spray grass and weed killer along the area where an edge is needed to achieve the same effect as digging a trench. The weed and grass killer can be sprayed in an area as wide as desired.
Metal edging is attractive and durable to separate areas. Metal edging comes in different styles and heights and will be in various sized sections. Attach the sections to each other and pound into the ground with a rubber mallet. The drawback to this type of edging is that grass and weeds can still creep into the spaces between sections. Regular weeding will be required.
Concrete or brick pavers are a popular edging material. The pavers come in various styles and sizes and can be customized for individual tastes. Concrete or brick pavers are the most durable edging material, but they will have to have a gravel base so they will not shift as the ground freezes. Stray grass and weeds will grow between the pavers, so additional weeding will be required.
Plastic edging is the most economical edging material to use. Plastic edging comes in various styles and sizes as well. Styles will include pickets, rounded tops, wrought iron design and solid. While this type is the most economical, it is not as attractive as the other types listed.