Lawn edging is used to add definitive lines to your lawn, which improves the overall beauty and design of the landscaping. In its highest form, it will help define and offset particular areas of the lawn like the grass and walkways, patios and tree and shrub beds. In a rudimentary form, it prevents some soil erosion and runoff; however, it is not consider a definite solution to the problem, especially when your lawn receives an large amount of rain.
The basics of edging are simple: to create a consistent boundary around a section of your lawn using any of a number of different materials. These include sculpted concrete stones, rubber edging, bricks, rock walls and even wood. The edging is always installed in a consistent pattern that is geometrically sound. The more symmetrical and fluent the pattern is, the better your lawn will look.
Installing edging requires a few tools. A lawn edger that attaches to a weed whacker can trim back overgrowing grass and allow for the edging material to be set in place much faster and in a more perfect geometric shape without tremendous hassle. However, in most cases you also will need to dig out about 2 or 3 inches of soil in the area where the edging material is to be set. This makes the edging more secure and prevents sloping and tilting.
Some misconceptions about edging center on its longevity. Be aware that cheaper edging materials will not last as long and will need to be replaced more often than sturdier edging. Concrete edging is more stable than rubber edging; however, a great deal of runoff will occur between the concrete blocks. Also, edging will not prevent roots from spreading, and it will not always contain vines, flowers and unwanted weeds.