Garden edging, also known as landscape edging, is used to mark the exterior border of a garden or flower bed and are more decorative than functional. Edging serves the purpose of defining space that separates two distinct areas. Putting edging next to your ground cover plants also provides an extra layer of protection against preventing weeds. It can also help to contain the ground cover from spreading through your lawn.
Edging and borders aren’t just for gardens, though. You can put them around a mailbox post, a tree, a hedge fence or even a walkway or patio. If you’re going for a more decorative approach, you can get creative and funky, like making a spiral pattern border around the base of a tree with edging stones. Edges are a nice accent that also don’t take as much labor, material or effort as walls.
Types of Landscape Edging
Common materials used for edging and borders are bricks, concrete and bamboo. Edging can even be grown from plants, such as succulent ground covers and grasses. A landscaping border can be as simple as shaped bricks or a painted board. There are a variety of options you can use to make edging in your garden, which helps make your garden landscape more attractive:
- Wood Garden Edging
While you can purchase pre-made, woven stick border, you could save a little money by making your own, too. Collecting long, flexible sticks in the woods isn’t too complicated if you have access to decent woods in your region. It is a little more labor intensive, but again, it gives you more freedom as well as saving you some money.
- Metal Garden Edging
Long strips of metal edging are commonly used in landscape edging, having overlapping connections. Metal heights range from three to five inches high, according choice and use. For stability and to better contain creeping grassroots, it is recommended that the metal edging be submerged two to three inches below the soil.
- Plastic Garden Edging
Plastic edges are small enough and flexible enough that you can take your creativity even further. If you go to a garden store and see limited options for borders and edges, take the plastic crafting into your own hands so you can truly transform your yard into what your mind imagined.
- Brick or Concrete Block Garden Edging
Edging with bricks is one of most common type of edging. You can place shiny stones, shells and other nifty decorations into the wet concrete when constructing. This process can be time consuming as you have to let the concrete dry and will probably have to use the mold repeatedly to make a large enough batch of blocks. Making your own block edging gives you more freedom with designs, colors and sizes so that you can create the perfect edging for a walkway or garden.
- Edging with Hedges
Use of hedges as edging is also a cheap practice in landscaping, as we all know there are many colorful hedges that gave attractive contrast when we use it as edging in our garden
- Natural Rocks or Stones Garden Edging
There are some edging stones made specifically to hold a pattern or shape, and some materials are designed to be partially buried for stability. An exception to the buried concept is if you are using loose stones. Stones are often placed on top of the ground as an edge or border. Over time, they will sink down into the soil, though, becoming a more fixed border or edge.
Installation of Landscape Edging for Your Tidy Garden
Gardening Tools Needed:
- Heavy-duty gardening gloves
- Pruning shears
- Landscape edging kit
How to install garden edging
- Using a garden spade, dig out a trench with a depth of 3 to 6 inches. The width of the trench should be just large enough to place your pieces of edging.
- While digging your trench you can use pruning shears to cut away any roots that are in the path of the edging material.
- Place the edging material into the trench. If the edging material has decoration on the top, be sure to put that side up.
- Fill the trench back up with soil. Pack the soil tightly around your edging material.
- Use your hammer to pound in the edging stakes about every five feet. These stakes will be included in your edging kit.
Don’t gloss over borders and edges because you think you won’t need them by planting ground cover and border grasses. One benefit of borders is they are one of the few hardscape options that are easy to change and replace. Since borders are more of a final touch or finishing touch, you’ll want to install them last, once your hardscape and gardens have been installed and prepared.