Landscape Edging Uses

Edging creates clean, crisp lines between beds and other areas. It is most visible between a lawn and the adjoining garden, but landscape edging can define a flower border, a shrub bed, or the transition from a patio to the surrounding garden. It emphasizes the lines of beds, and it leads the eye to the next garden focal point. From a practical standpoint, landscape edging keeps turfgrass from spreading into surrounding garden areas. At the same time, it prevents soil or mulch from the garden from spilling onto the lawn. Landscape edging also corrals pathways made of loose material, such as gravel or mulch; it maintains clearly defined walkways while keeping the path materials in place.

Taller edging, such as low hedges or low fencing, can direct garden traffic and keep people on defined paths. Using landscape edging also serves to keep people out of areas where you don't want them to go, such as planting beds. If landscape edging is flat and wide enough, it can handle the wheels of a lawn mower. A practical mowing strip created by landscape edging eliminates the need for manicuring the edges with a string trimmer, and it prevents you from mowing over tender plants in beds at the edge of a lawn.         

Landscape Edging Types

  •  Brick: Elegant and long-lasting, brick comes in a multitude of styles and is a good idea for a uniform look.

  • Plastic: Affordable and easy to install due to its flexibility, plastic edging comes in many grades. The least expensive looks it, so invest in the best you can afford.

  • Concrete: You can purchase preformed sections of concrete edging that are ready to be set in place, or you can make a simple form and create a custom edge.

  • Wood: Affordable and easy to work with in straight lines, wood adds an informal, organic look. Count on wood edging to last about 10 years.

  • Stone: One of the more versatile edging materials, stone can be carefully set in mortar for a refined look or placed more casually for a relaxed appearance.

  • Wattle: This edging uses a technique that involves weaving saplings of pliable wood, such as willow or dogwood, into a low fence. Wattle works well for holding back mulch.