Flower Bed EdgingFlower bed edging can help keep your garden neat, and can keep lawn grass from invading. If this is a problem in your garden, you may want to take a look at the various options you have for edging your flower bed.
Edging also keeps mulch in your flower bed where it belongs instead of allowing it run off through erosion caused by rain and watering.
Whatever you choose, use the same edging throughout your yard to create a consistent look. If you change materials, your yard will look like a patchwork where nothing really goes together.
Drop Down EdgeThe most economical way to edge your flower bed is to dig a dropped lawn edge yourself. You want to begin by cutting downward about four inches with your shovel all around your garden bed, then from inside the bed, dig at an angle towards your cut.
You can leave this trench empty, or fill it with pebbles, crushed oyster shells or crushed rock. If your garden is too full to allow you to do this, you may want to opt for the next most economical flower bed edging: plastic flower bed edging.
Plastic Flower Bed Edging
Plastic flower bed edging is available at almost any garden center in the country. It comes in a big roll of formed plastic. You install it by cutting a slice or narrow trench around your garden with a sharp shovel or spade. This cut should also be about four inches deep.
The landscape edging fits nicely into this slice, leaving the rounded top sticking out of the top. This type of edging is not meant to be very noticeable.
You anchor it into the ground by driving a stake through it every so many feet. After you've done this, push the soil against the back of the edging and you're done. This type of edging will last many years and can be used safely where lawn mowers need to pass. This type is also really handy if you have a freeform shaped flower bed.
More Edging Options
Fake Stone and Brick Edging
This edging is a fraction of the cost of real stone. It assembles easy and most of them require no digging or pounding.
Brick or Stone EdgingAnother choice in flower bed edging is to use bricks or stone pavers set into the ground. Beginning the same way by cutting four inches into the soil, you will need to dig back towards your cut from the flower bed until you have a large enough portion of soil cut away that the brick or stone can sit nicely below the line of grass roots.
The top will sit up above the ground level. This type of edging may or may not be safe to mow over, depending on the height of your stones.
Decorative Garden Edging
Molded ConcreteThere are several more decorative options on the market for your flower bed edging. You may find molded concrete forms. Some have designs stamped into them; some are just scalloped on the top. Some of these molded edgings are also curved to go around a circle.
Some of these molded concrete edgings look like curbs, like bricks, weathered wood blocks or cobblestones. They come in short lengths, and you can set them around your garden.
To be truly effective in preventing the grass from invading your garden, these edgings should be set into the ground as described above. These will need more care when you are mowing, since most of these decorative edgings are high enough to damage the blades of your lawn mower.
CurbingA newcomer for flower bed edging is curbing. You choose a pattern like herringbone brick, for instance, and a business comes out and extrudes the concrete around your flower bed in your chosen pattern.
Some are shaped to accommodate the lawn mower easily, others are larger and form blocks. Since this is installed by a professional, the cost will be a lot more than if you were doing your edging on your own. If you like the way it looks, however, this service may be for you.
There are sites online that will help you find a local contractor who can do curbing around your flower beds. Now that you know some of the choices available to you for your flower bed edging, you'll be able to make an educated choice based on what you like best and what you can afford.
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