Lawn edging is an often forgotten part of yard design, yet it can create unique details in your outdoor space. With so many types of edging available, it can be difficult to decide whether to use premade edging or create your own using other materials. Here are a few ideas you can use to really customize your space and take your landscaping to the next level.
Metal and Plastic Edging
These materials can be helpful in outlining any lawn with a fun, wavy design, which can be difficult to create with other materials. They can also be helpful for lining edges containing dirt and other materials that could easily end up on the lawn if not separated by a divider. This type of edging is usually installed directly into the ground, with about one inch sticking out of the soil to create a boundary. They can be found at your local hardware store or gardening shop.
Brick edging creates a very distinguished look and does not require much maintenance. There are several different ways to orient bricks. They can be laid into the ground, side by side around the lawn to create an edge.You can also orient them with the edges touching to use a smaller number of brick, but cover a greater amount of area. They can be laid in a fan-like pattern or curved to follow corners. Any spaces between bricks can be filled in with mortar or concrete to hold them together. If bricks are laid deep into the soil, concrete or mortar may not be needed to keep them in place, even in extreme weather.
Line your lawn with tall plants (about a foot tall) as an edge with flair. Simple grasses create fine lines for the eye, while flowering plants such as lilies can add splashes of bright color to your yard. Plastic or metal edging can be helpful with these types of designs, but can also be created by lining the edges of your lawn with potting soil or other nutrient-rich types of dirt. Regular maintenance of the plants using a trimmer or weed whacker will be necessary.
Flower beds or rows of flowers can be used to outline your lawn, whether you use the flower beds as the edging or the flowers themselves. The flowers will require regular upkeep, but if you go the flowerbed route, the dirt edging requires little attendance.
Wood edging comes in many different varieties. Some looks like small fence posts, while others are long strips, much like plastic or metal edging.
Wood chips can be used to create the edges around a lawn and are typically used in combination with metal or plastic edging to create clean lines. Install the edging at the edge of the lawn. Wood chips can be placed on the other side to create flowerbeds, rock gardens, or simple edging.
Many types of stone can be used to create unique, artsy lawn edging. From smooth river rocks to craggy rock collections, each type of stone can add a different element of décor. Create a thin line with stones for something simple, or you can make a wider edging with more stones.
For the ultimate low-maintenance edging, line your lawn with gravel. Plastic and metal edging can be helpful in this case, as it keeps the gravel in place. Gravel can be placed in a thin boundary, or used to fill larger sections of your yard. The only work that may be required with gravel is pulling a few weeds here and there that pop up between the rocks on occasion, or raking the gravel to even it out.
Mulch and Peat Moss
These natural elements add a forest-like touch to any yard and can be purchased at your local hardware store or gardening shop. Again, plastic or metal edging can be used to keep these items in place, or you can create the edges on your own. Mulch or peat moss can be used to make flowerbeds, gardens, or other natural areas surrounding your lawn.
Use multiple types of edging to create unique spaces in your yard. Line the lawn with one type of edging, and then line that edging with another type to add extra interest. With so many types of edging to choose from, the varieties and combinations are endless.