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Landscape Edging Options Explained

Are you tired of weeds and lawn grasses invading your flower beds and tree islands? If so, then it is time to install edging. The following guide will help you choose and install the best edging for your landscape needs.

Basic Edging Types

Edging can be placed into two main categories — trench edging or material edging. Trench edging options require little more than a shovel or edger and a bit of labor. For example, edging around sidewalks and driveways is usually done with a strip edger, a device that removes the strip of turf along the edge of the lawn to create a bare zone that prevents grass from growing over the top of the sidewalk. Another form of manual edging is a trench dug around a flower bed to also create a bare area to keep the grass out of the beds.

Material edging can be made from stones, bricks, vinyl edging strips, or even creative items like bottles. A trench is still dug for this type of edging, but then the material is placed into the trench to create a stronger barrier that also adds to your landscape design. These types of edging are often used around flower beds, particularly in areas where weed or grass encroachment tends to be more of a challenge.

Installation Tips

No matter what type of edging you choose, the depth of the barrier matters. In general, the edging should be installed in a trench that is 3 to 5 inches deep. This will prevent grass and weed roots from growing beneath the edging or trench. If you aren't using an edging material, then the trench should be V-shaped and several inches wide so grass doesn't grow over the top of the trench, as well.

Edging strips, bricks, and other types should be large enough to protrude above ground by 2 or 3 inches. Otherwise, many kinds of grass and weeds will simply grow over the top of the low edging strips. Keeping the grass trimmed low along the edging, so it doesn't go to seed, will further prevent it from growing over the edging. With trench edging, you will also need to periodically remove dead leaves and other plant detritus from inside the trench so it doesn't fill in. You will also need to occasionally re-dig the trenches or edge the lawn again with the edger.

For more help with lawn edging, contact a landscape edging service in your area.