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Edging Tips for Your Yard and Garden
Neatly trimmed, bordered gardens and lawns add to the overall attractiveness of any property. Landscaping borders add a decorative touch to your yard and provide definition between spaces. Garden edging helps keep grass and gravel from creeping into flowerbeds, vegetable gardens and other bordered areas. Lawn and garden edging can help reduce the amount of time needed for trimming chores.
Types of garden edging
When exploring yard and garden ideas for landscaping borders, consider which types of edging might work best for your yard. Edging types include:
- Strip edging in plastic and metal
- Plastic and metal decorative borders (pound-in edging)
- Brick pavers/edgers
- Flagstones and rocks
When deciding how to edge your lawn, keep in my mind benefits of each edging material.
Plastic strip edging typically is less expensive. Kmart.com features Kgro No-Dig landscape edging. Each 20-inch length is professional gauge black plastic with UV inhibitors to reduce sun damage. Installation of this strip edging requires no special tools or trenching. It can be used for straight edging or curvy areas. Metal edging may be slightly more expensive, but also offers the same versatility with a simple, utilitarian look.
Available in materials such as plastic, metal and wood, pound-in edging is a type of raised edging that can help keep gravel and other small debris from sliding into your garden and landscaped areas. It often works great for smaller areas.
Brick pavers are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Most masonry edging is designed to be used without having to trench the area. However, it’s recommended to remove grass from the border area before laying the pavers. The Utah University Cooperative Extension office also recommends treating the area with a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent grass and weeds from returning, pushing up and around the pavers.
If you want the brick look without the expense of masonry edging, consider resin brick edging. Available at Kmart, the resin brick edging comes in 16-inch sections, is lightweight and easy to install.
Flagstones and rocks
You can lay flagstones and rocks the same as brick pavers. The look may be ideal for a wildflower garden or at the end of a driveway. Emsco’s Bedrocks™ from Kmart provide the look of real stacked slate without the chore of having to heft and arrange stones into place. The decorative edging also has a flanged side to prevent the growth of grass under the edger.
Edging tips and tricks
Regardless of the type of edging chosen, preparing the space is important. Before trenching a border or laying paving bricks, outline the area with rope or clothesline. This gives you a template and helps keep your border in the shape desired.
When trenching, be sure to use a sharp spade. If your blade is dull, the work will be difficult.
While paving bricks don’t need a deep trench, prepare the area by removing grass and creating a level surface. Add a light layer of sand atop the soil, and then set the brick. Prepare the border so the pavers sit about one-half inch above the soil/grass, creating a definitive separation between the border and lawn.
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