The utilitarian function of landscape edging is to separate & stabilize different areas of a yard. More specifically, edgings reduce the inter-mingling of landscape materials where it is not desired for them to mix. The visual benefit: an outline, a definite perimeter around your landscaping to make the composition look complete. With many different edgings available, it may be difficult to know when to use each kind. Listed below is a variety of barrier methods to separate lawn from mulch, or stone.
A flexible 20 foot length of plastic approximately 5″ tall. The bottom has a wedge to aid in inserting into the soil, as well as to keep it in place. The top has a barrel, or a hollow tube running along the length.
This is the most cost effective and the least labor intensive. Extra stakes are extremely beneficial when installing this product, especially around curves.
Green steel lawn barrier that is easy to bend and shape. Available in 14 and 12 guage, this edging stands up to years of abuse from lawn equipment. Stake placement and section overlap is pre-determined for easy installation.
To calculate total 10-foot sections needed, and allow for the required 8” overlap, divide the total bed length(in feet) by 9.33. Corner Stakes, End Pieces & other accessories are also available.
Indentical interlocking brick units designed to edge garden & landscape beds with straight, or curved perimeters. The wide variety of colors available are perfect for an edge that visually stands out and acts as an accent to the house, or other adjacent elements.
Dig and prepare a level trench 6″ wide by 4″ deep for the length of the bed. Check for level throughout the installation.
Natural Stone Edging
Small boulders, cobbles, and flagstone pieces can be used in an natural, free-form pattern to create a landscape border, or tree rings. More flexibility is possible with this method.
Stability is a necessity. A trench may be necessary to maintain a secure installation. Flagstone can be positioned in a horizontal fashion, or vertically as well. The puzzle can be assembled into numerous pictures.