Types of Lawn Edging

Garden edging is the perfect way to break up sections of the landscape and add a design element and border to flower beds and herb gardens. Add edging around a giant shade tree to create a focal point around the base. Or, for a colorful edging idea, use a hardy ground cover like sedum for a vibrant and natural edging design, that overtime, will spread and flourish around the garden. Look around the landscape for downed tree trunks that can be converted into timber edging. Whichever material you choose, your garden will be sure to thank you and your landscape with its defined areas, will be lovely.

Plastic Strip

Plastic strip edging is an affordable material to use to edge your lawn. It is very pliable and flexible making this the perfect edging material to use on the natural curves and bends in a garden. Simply dig a trench and insert the strip so the top lip edge of the strip is above ground, with the remaining underground. The sizes vary but the most common is ¾ inch edging, which is also ideal for small spaces, because it does not take up a lot of room within the lawn.

Bricks and Stones

Bricks and other stones like slate create a stunning edge to your lawn. Stack the stones to create a miniature wall or lay them side-by-side for a decorative edge around a flower bed or garden. Bury the first layer of stones about halfway into the soil so that the top of the first layer is above ground and you are able to begin stacking more bricks. This material invokes a more natural and rustic design and looks good anywhere in your lawn landscape.


Timber edging is a very sturdy design. With timber, you'll need to create a shallow trench to use to place the bottom half of the wood. Depending upon the size of the wood, and how many pieces you are using to edge, will reflect the length of the trench to dig. Timber edging is not ideal on curves, but is superb on landscapes that are straight lines with no turns. Over time, timber does break down, so you'll need to replace the edging every 5 to 10 years.

Ground Cover

Plant a colorful ground cover like blue star creeper to act as your lawn edging. This perennial flower blooms with a plethora of tiny blue flowers that resemble stars. They begin their season in late spring and last through the end of summer. Plant them 5 to 10 inches apart for the lawn border and water at least once a week until the new plants become fully established. Over time, they will spread into magnificent lawn edge.

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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.