Use concrete landscape edging to add character to your small city garden, suburban pie-shaped yard or large rural property. Learn more below about concrete landscape edging designs and how to use them create unique features for your property.
Edge the Lawn Next to the Driveway
Use a concrete landscape block that has at least 1 square edge to define the driveway on one side and the lawn on the other. Shapes like hexagonal blocks, slender classic bricks, a double row of herringbone bricks or square tiles will stylishly delineate the edge of your driveway.
Create a Low Retaining Wall Next to a Raised Lawn
If your driveway sits on a lower grade than your lawn, build a retaining wall with concrete blocks in shallow layers like a cliff face, or use rounded blocks, or even angular blocks that add shadow and depth to the wall. Use a rough-faced stone block, and finish it off with shallow capstones to make a seating wall.
Add Steps to Reach Different Levels in Your Yard
Retaining wall blocks and landscape pavers make handsome, unique entry steps to your front door, patio, deck or to the raised flower beds in the garden. Choose large flat slabs and edge the stair risers with square brick pavers. Adhesives and mortar will help maintain the structure and finish of your steps, and thus their safety.
Highlight a Focal Point in Your Garden
Surround a fountain, statue, pond or birdbath with a curved patio of flat tile-shaped blocks, and outline it in a contrasting color with smooth brick. Lay down a path to an arbor or gazebo with a pattern of octagons and squares, bordered by square blocks in the same or a different color. Choose the same color as your house's brick, or match the shutters and trim instead.
Create a Paved Play Area
If your children like to jump rope, play hopscotch or do other outdoor activities that need a hard surface, map out a play area in the back yard with concrete landscape edging. Lay flat-surfaced bricks with a complex hopscotch pattern plotted within them. Incorporate a maze path within the play area, and let your kids invent their own game around it.
Keep the Sand in the Sandbox
Surround the backyard sandbox with a wide patterned border of flat concrete pavers. The kids can drive their trucks and cars around on it, and it will prevent sprayed and tossed sand from ending up in your lawn. Sweep up the sand easily and put it back in the box.
Designate a Shoe Zone Near the Aboveground Pool
Lay out a zone around the base of the pool ladder for swimmers to take off shoes and sandals before climbing into the pool, to keep the pool area free of sand, mud and grass. Use any concrete paver style you prefer. Rougher surfaces will help clean the bottoms of footwear and prevent wet feet from slipping on the pavers.