Ideas on Lawn Edging

Lawn edging can be an interesting part of your landscape. Whether you're separating the lawn from hardscapes on your property or from flower beds and other planting areas, select edging material that will flow with the overall design of your home and landscape.

Living Edge

Create a living edge to border your lawn by planting mondo grass, dusty miller or liriope. Dusty miller is a soft silver gray annual that you'll need to replant each year, but mondo grass and liriope are perennials that will continue to grow each year. Mondo grass is native to Hawaii, but is also hardy in Zones 7a through 8b. Mondo grass is a slow grower and can take years to fill in along the border if you plant it sparingly. Liriope is hardy in Zones 6 through 9, but plant the correct type for a border, as most liriope is highly invasive and will spread throughout your yard or garden with abandon. Select liriope muscari for your lawn edging as it grows in clumps and stays where you plant it.

Natural White Quartz

Select natural stones to create a rustic, decorative edging between your lawn and flower beds. Medium to large white quartz stones make an attractive border as they contrast with the green lawn and the dark mulch in your flower beds. To place the quartz edging, excavate a strip of ground between the flower bed and the lawn. Remove the sod, stones, roots and any other debris. Lay a strip of weed prevention membrane along the excavated strip, before you place the quartz down. You can hold the stones in place with mortar if needed, and use decorative white rocks around the base of each stone to hide the landscape fabric.

Sawtooth Brick Edging

Add cottage charm to your property with lawn edging made from brick in a sawtooth pattern. This simple way to separate your lawn from the driveway or flower bed requires that you dig a 4- to 5-inch deep trench in a straight line where you plan to place the edging. Stand the first brick upright in the trench on its small edge, close to the end of the line. Tilt the brick at an angle so that its long side rests on the end of the trench. Fill in with soil beneath the tilted edge to make it sturdy. Continue to make the sawtooth pattern by abutting the bricks one after another in the trench line. Add soil as needed for height adjustment until you reach the end of the line. Fill in around the edging with soil.

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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.