One sure way to keep your yard looking sharp and clean is to add borders . Edges help contain creeping plants and provide an easy-to-see boundary for the mower. The style you select depends largely on the look you want to create to complement your garden. Read on to learn about several different types of edging.
The most economical type of edging requires a sharp, square blade. This is basically a mini pit and is an easy alternative to edging installation. It’s a great option when you’re working towards a natural look, and can be easily changed if you decide you want a different look.
A trench border will create a barrier against weeds and grass crossing your yard. As it is a natural advantage, you will need to maintain it at least 2 times a year.
Whether your goal is to maintain a natural setting or an organic setting, wood trim will provide the look you want. Redwood is the most common choice, as it is naturally resistant to decay. Cedar also resists decay, but it’s not as easy to find in local garden supply stores. Softer woods provide a greater selection. Make sure the one you choose is pressure treated with preservatives.
For easy installation, secure the wood with strips of string or mesh. The varieties include:
- Wood landscape
- Recycled rail ties
- Registration rounds
Masonry edging – Piece
Masonry edges create a subtle appearance of strength and stability. If your home has strong architectural features that incorporate brick or stone, this type of trim is a good option. Masonry does not rot over time and requires very little maintenance. Individual pieces are put together depending on your specific design goals. The varieties include:
- Cinder block
- Slab – A rounded edge brick, designed to be installed vertically
- Brick: installed flush or vertical
- Rock – Applied as a small cobblestone path
Masonry Trim – Extruded
Although more expensive, the poured (extruded) edging methodProvides a sophisticated look. This type is maintenance-free and will last for years without rotting or staining. Concrete is mixed on site and can be contoured to suit any garden setting. You can also add pigment to complement the exterior of your home. The varieties include:
- Stamped Edges – Poured in a long shape, but stamped to give the appearance of brick or stone
- Illuminated Edges – Create subtle lighting or spotlight effects
- Mower Edge – Pours flat to allow mowing
- Angled edge: slightly raised and rounded, similar to the curb of the road
Other simple and easy-to-install options are affordable but do not provide long-term border solutions. They are simply lines of separation rather than distinct barriers. These varieties include:
- Steel – Made from a soft metal that can easily lose its shape and rust
- Plastic edge – will crack and deteriorate over time