There are a variety of reasons for incorporating landscape edging into your yard’s design. Consider it for something as simple as cutting down on the amount of mowing you’ll have to do, to prevent weed and grass “migration,” or as an easy and quick way to add visual interest to your yard.
There are a variety of edging options available to you, depending on your taste, the layout of your property, and the overall look you want to achieve.
Plastic edging is a popular choice because it’s inexpensive, flexible and easy to install. However, this type rests partially above ground and is easily damaged by a lawn mower or trimmer. Also plastic edging is susceptible to frost and often requires readjustment after cold seasons.
Steel edging is durable and low-maintenance. It’s also flexible and installed in the same way as plastic edging. It holds up well in cold weather, but is more expensive than plastic edging.
Brick concrete pavers or natural stone come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and styles and requires little maintenance, as well. Brick and paver edgings can function as a mowing strip, simplifying cutting grass. However, they require more space and more work to install: You’ll need to put down landscape fabric first as well as an inch or so of coarse sand to create a level surface.
If you are using edging to create a separate flower bed, make a scale drawing first. Experiment with different types of plants to see what works best in your designated space, taking into consideration size, amount of sunlight/shade and moisture. Don’t forget the plan for the additional space plants will need when they reach their mature size.
Narrow your planting selection to a few complementary species and repeat those plants in groups of three-five, seven or more. When it comes to design, odd numbers are more aesthetically pleasing.
Consider types of mulch, as well. Mulch helps to protect plants and limit weeds in a landscape bed. Chipped mulch consists of bark and wood chips, but won’t hold together well on slopes. Shredded mulch holds together, but is more expensive and needs replenishing more often. Stone mulch is low-maintenance, but can become hot and even burn plants during warm seasons. Also consider winter mulch such as straw or hay. It will insulate plans during cold seasons and prevents thawing and refreezing, as well as winter dying.
Edging—whether simply to keep your grass or weeds from spreading, or as a design element to partition off flowerbeds—is attractive, tidy and helps to define your yard and gardens.