Now that you have mowed, dethatched and done proper maintenance of your lawn, the grass is looking thick lush and green. The next step is to take care of the edges in what is known as lawn edging. Without it, even the best looking lawn can seem a bit off.
Lawn edging also known as landscape edging refers to creating a visible line that places more emphasis on the lawn. In other words you are able to notice the lawn by sparking visual interest.
One of the main functions of lawn edging is separating one part of your lawn from another. You can prevent grass for example from getting into the flower garden.
There are two ways you can go about this; first you can remove sod by digging a trench between the lawn and the flower garden. The drawback to this system is that you will have to re-dig the trench again after some time or when you are maintaining the lawn.
The second way is to create a barrier between the lawn and garden by putting materials between them such as a footpath made of concrete.
Materials for Lawn Edging
Other than concrete, there are many different materials that you will come across in lawn edging. These include metal, plastic, wood and brick. The problem with wood is that while it may provide a natural and smooth look, left untreated it will rot. Plastic on the other hand is not very popular owing to the fact that it looks a bit too cheap.
You can also use large natural stones, but it is advisable to refrain from lifting too heavy if you are not in the best physical condition. If however you can enlist the help of someone else, then natural stone can do a great job in edging your lawn.
Another material that is often used in lawn edging is cobblestone. These are machine cut which means they fit neatly together.
Let’s look at some of these in more detail below.
Lawn Edging Ideas and Options
While you might have a well manicured lawn as we have seen, without lawn edging it will always seem like something is missing. Some of the options you can use include:
This is one of the simplest and most common ways to edge your lawn and keep the grass from finding its way into the flower garden.
It is done by digging a trench around the area where you want to edge your lawn and then laying the bricks close to each other. You can also lay the bricks at an angled design so that you get a jagged tooth feel.
The best soils for brick edging are clay. These hold the bricks in place tightly and securely compared to sandy soils which have a tendency to shift.
Metals such as aluminum and steel have been used for a long time now to separate the grass from the pathways or garden. These are easy to use and require you to dig a narrow trench along the edge of the lawn. You will then place metal strips and cover with soil.
The grass roots will not go beyond the metal barrier. Aluminum is more lightweight than steel. The great thing with using metal strips is that they can be bent allowing you to shape bends around your lawn.
This is one of the most popular lawn edging materials. If you want to create a long lasting and effective barrier around the edges of your lawn while still forming a good pavement, then you might just want to take a look at concrete.
How this works is that you will first have to pour the concrete into a mould. You will then remove it once it has dried and place it on the appropriate part.
To make it more noticeable and for purely aesthetic reasons you can add some finishes such as salts, travertine, seeded-aggregate as well as adding some colors or tints. Concrete also serves to create a wide border between the grass and the garden and double acts as a pavement on which you can walk.
When it comes to the plants on the garden, they can grow tall and spill onto the concrete without reaching the grass and introducing seeds that might turn into weeds on your lawn. When mowing the lawn, the concrete can be used to run one wheel of the mower allowing you to make a clean cut of the grass.
The wood in this case needs to withstand the onslaught of rain, decay, termites and other elements. The best wood is redwood cedar and it will also need to be dimensional. This means that it should be cut in standard shapes and sizes to help you make good looking paths along your lawn.
Other types of wood for lawn edging include bamboo, logs and rustic timbers.
Are you a fan of Japanese landscaping? Is your theme rustic or natural? Then using pebbles, rocks as well as boulders around your lawn is a worthwhile venture.
Simply lay them around the lawn and between the other parts of the garden that you might not want the grass to get into. Due to the breaking of the green color monotony the rocks will make the lawn that much more noticeable.
Just like the metal edging, plastic comes in strips that could be of different colors. The great thing is that once they are installed around the edges of the lawn and covered with soil, they create an invisible barrier around the grass.
Unlike steel or aluminum that is prone to rusting, plastic does not. It is also very cost efficient not to mention safe. If you have kids who spend a lot of time on the lawn, plastic edging may be your best bet.
Lawn edging ideas do not have to cost a fortune, just rush to your local gardening center and you will likely find lawn edging materials for a good and affordable price.
Lawn edging, while it may not seem like it, will go a long way towards maximizing the beauty and appeal of your lawn.