Garden edging looks nice and serves a number of very practical functions. A few common garden tools and time are needed to complete the task. With a little information, your garden's edging can look professional.
Edging minimizes the need for hand trimming and protects plantings from mowers and string trimmers. It also keeps plants from spreading and cuts down on time spent weeding the garden.
Edging consists of a 4- to 10-inch open space, usually mulched, around planting beds. The margin is often lined with material to halt the spread of rhizomes and stolons.
Garden edging can be completed using a garden spade, sharp flat shovel or mechanical edger. If barriers are to be inserted, a mallet may be helpful.
Garden beds can be edged with partially-buried bricks or rocks. Rubber and plastic barriers, available from garden centers, form an underground wall between two areas.
Ground is excavated around the garden bed to at least the depth of the barrier to be inserted---usually 4 to 8 inches. The vertical barrier is set into the ditch and secured by replacing dirt. If no barrier is inserted, this task will need to be repeated several times each growing season.
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