Different Types of Edging

One sure way to maintain a crisp and clean look to your garden is to add edging. Edging helps contain creeping plants and provides an easy to see lawnmower boundary. The style you select largely depends on the look you want to create to complement your garden. Read on for information about several different types of edging.

Spade Edging

The most economical type of edging requires a sharp, square edged blade. This is basically a mini moat and is an easy alternative to installing edging. It's a great option when you are working toward a natural appearance, and it can easily be changed if you decide you want a different look.

A trench border will create a barrier against weeds and grass crossing into your garden. Since it is a natural edge, you will need to maintain it at least 2 times a year.

Wood Edging

If your goal is to maintain a natural setting or organic ambiance, then wood edging will provide the look you want. Redwood is the most common choice as it is naturally resistant to decay. Cedar also resists decay, but is not as easily found in local garden supply stores. Softer woods provide a greater selection. Make sure whichever you choose is pressure-treated with preservatives.

For easy installation, attach wood together with strips of rope or mesh. The varieties include:

  • Bamboo
  • Landscape Timber
  • Recycled Rail road Ties
  • Log Rounds

Masonry Edging - Piece

Masonry edging provokes a subtle appearance of strength and stability. If your home has strong architectural features incorporating brick or stone, this type of edging is a good choice. Masonry does not rot over time and needs very little maintenance. Individual pieces are laid close together depending upon your specific design objectives. The varieties include:

  • Cinder Block
  • Flagstone - A rounded edge brick, designed to be installed vertically
  • Brick - Installed flush or vertical
  • Rock - Applied like a small cobblestone road 

Masonry Edging - Extruded

Though more expensive, the poured (extruded) method of edging provides a sophisticated look. This type requires no maintenance and will last for years without rotting or staining. The concrete is mixed on site and can be contoured to fit any garden configuration. You can also add pigment to complement the exterior of your home. The varieties include:

  • Stamped Borders - Poured in one long running form, but stamped to give the appearance of brick or stone
  • Lighted Borders - Creates subtle illumination or spotlight effects
  • Mowers Edge - Poured flat to allow for mowing
  • Angled Edge - Slightly raised and rounded, similar to road curbing

Minimized Edging

Other simple and easy-to-install options are affordable but do not provide long-term border solutions. They are simply lines of separation rather than distinct barriers. These varieties include:

  • Steel - Made from a soft metal that can lose its shape and rust easily
  • Plastic border - Will crack and decay over time