A landscape project requires some type of landscape edging. This helps to define the areas of landscaping, such as flower beds and helps to keep grass and weeds from growing into the flower bed. It also helps to keep mulch or other mediums inside the landscaping area. Landscape edging comes in many types and a person can choose based upon their needs and budget. The simplest and cheapest method of landscape edging is to simple cut in the edge. This is done with a spade or edging tool.
A person simply cuts along the edge of the landscape area to make a defined edge that cuts off the bed from the grass or other area. The main issue with this type of edging is that it must be periodically done to ensure it stays well defined. That is why many people choose to use some type of landscape edging material.
There are a variety of edging materials that a person can choose from. The main differences between each edging material is the cost and time to install. There is also the special considerations of each material type. Wood edging comes in an array of types. There are ready made pieces that are already shaped and cut to fit any bed type. Other pieces, like 2×4’s, can also be used to make edging. The wood should be treated so it is weather resistant and does not rot. Wood edging can take time to shape and secure together. Plastic edging is another inexpensive method.
There are many styles of plastic edging and it is easy to form around rounded beds. Plastic edging is usually easily snapped together. Metal edging can be expensive, but is what most professionals use. It is long lasting and can be used for round and straight edges, easily. Metal edging usually comes with clips that are easy to use to secure each piece together. Stone edging is another costly edging material. Stones can be easily used for round or straight beds. They last even longer than metal edgings, though. The biggest issue with stone edging is that it allows for grass and weeds to grow between each piece.
Landscape edging adds a nice look to a landscape project. It helps to define and protect beds. Edging helps to keep a crisp, clean looking bed. In some situations, like landscaping done near a pond, edging can help to prevent the erosion of the soil. There are edging choices for any budget and any type of project. Besides the cost it is also wise for a person to consider that some methods may take longer to install. Whatever method a person chooses they are sure to find that it adds definition to their landscaping project.