Gardeners often edge gardens with different materials to enhance the look of the landscape. Plastic, brick or cement edging defines the garden area with a decorative accent to complement the home exterior. Concrete edging comes in variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate any shape garden. Concrete edging installation requires a small amount of preparation to level the site for straight placement of the edging material. Edging in concrete provides a permanent addition that keeps mulch inside the garden and limits weed encroachment.
Concrete edging comes in an array of colors to match existing colors on the home's exterior. Manufacturers apply colorant when mixing concrete before pouring the mix into concrete forms. Standard colors include white, shades of gray, browns and terracotta. Purchase a few extra concrete bricks for storage in a sheltered location to replace damaged bricks in the future.
Rounded cement edging creates clean lines between grass and garden. The arched bricks feature an even width with a rounded top to soften the line of the edging. Rounded concrete blocks are placed side-by-side to form a seamless line around the garden. Like a low-lying picket fence, rounded pavers add a simple frame to the garden without detracting from ornamental plants.
Edging doesn't need to stand upright to serve as an adequate frame from the garden area. Concrete pavers represents flat stepping stones used to denote the difference between a garden and lawn area. Pavers come in 12 by 12 inch sizes for placement along the garden border as an alternative to traditional upright edging. Concrete pavers also can be added around the circumference of a plain patio to create interest as well as extend the size of the patio.
Standard concrete edging comes in brick-sized pieces to create intricate designs in the landscape. This allows the homeowner to lay a patterned border to suit preferences for design and style. Brick placement becomes key when choosing a pattern. Alternating horizontal and vertical brick placement creates a look similar to a herringbone pattern. Consider angled brick installation for a look that will enhance your gardens and attract attention to the planting bed.
Homeowners can use preformed concrete bricks with interlocking capabilities to create the popular edging looks seen in many home landscapes. Interlocking concrete edging bricks come in many shades to match exterior colors. Interlocking bricks can be used to create a beautiful low edge around a garden with multiple rows of bricks. This type of concrete edging features a notch in the back to stabilize placement of the brick in layers. The notch hangs slightly behind the lower brick for stability.