If you are in the process of designing your dream landscape for your home, there are a few things that every well-designed landscapes have and one of the most consistent items that come onto the list is decorative landscape edging. While most homeowners think that the sheer amount of different plants and sitting areas will make their garden beautiful, you need something to tie it all together and keep it separated and highlighted at the same time. This is where landscape edging comes into play. Without edging, your landscape will become cluttered and might become hard or scary to maintain. So today, we are going to be talking all about landscape edging, giving you what you need to know down below:
What Is Landscape Edging?
Landscape edging is a definitive barrier between your main lawn and the areas you want to highlight and protect. These edges can be made out of concrete, wood, stone, metal or plastic to create a barrier that is both visible and functional. By creating a visible barrier, you can outline the areas that are okay to tread on, highlight specific areas of the landscape and increase the curb appeal of your home. On the functional level, some types of landscape edging can act as a root barrier for delicate flower beds or gardens, keeping unwanted weeds or turf grass from spreading into these areas. Edges will help these areas thrive with all the vital nutrients they need and even keep maintenance carefree and to a minimum by keeping mulch in place or making it easy to mow surrounding grass.
Landscape Edging Styling
When you are thinking about having a landscaping edge installed in your landscape, you will want to take into consideration the materials you already have in your landscape such as hardscaping, decorative walls, and even your fencing. While landscape edging can be a great unifying factor for your landscape, it can also become a major distraction if you are introducing new material into your yard. This is why edging materials like brick, stone, and pavers are great edging materials as they can unify the edging with a patio or pathway made from the same materials.
Cost: What To Expect
The cost of the edging project will rely on the material you decide to use. For example, materials like natural stone or brick can be an expensive option and you should consider using materials like these on focal points of the landscape like the front lawn or your prized flower patch. Materials like concrete or pavers are a viable option to fill out the rest of the space as pavers can be made to mimic the appearance of brick and concrete can be dyed or stamped to mimic the appearance of most natural materials including brick, stone and even wood.
Common Edging Materials
With a quick look online or a trip to your local home improvement store, you can find dozens of ideas on what you can use as landscape edging. We urge you not to feel limited to what you can buy but to feel inspired by what is possible to make edging from yourself. To help you get a picture of what you can use for edging, we have outlined a few of the most common types of edging used today but feel free to get creative or even enlist the help of a contractor to get an outside opinion:
- Brick Edging
- Plastic Edging
- Rubber Edging
- Concrete Edging
- Stone Edging
- Wooden Edging