Another option for stones as lawn edging is to use large field stones. With this type of rock, you can source material locally and, depending on where you live, from natural areas. If you’re building a home or excavating a site on your property, save rocks you unearth to use as possible edging. When using rocks as edging, fit stones as closely together as you can to limit weed and grass growth. Use a product like Preen between and behind rocks to help prevent weed seeds from sprouting.
One of the fastest ways to drop an edge between lawn and planting areas is using concrete edger or paver stones set upright, on edge. Cast from concrete, these stones create the most effective edging if they’re dug into soil so the base sits slightly below lawn level. Keep an eye out for grass creeping around or under concrete edgers. Hand pull or spot spray with grass killer. Look for concrete edgers in a variety of shapes and colors. They give a garden a more formal flair, which looks nice whether it’s lining beds full of flowers, herbs or vegetables.
Durable and easy to use, pound-in edging provides a quick solution for edging a lawn. Simply use a rubber mallet to pound individual pieces into place. With this edging, you don’t have to cut sod, except in the hardest clay soil. Pound-in edging features a polyethylene (plastic) construction, which means it holds up for years. Lawn edging usually comes in different depths. Shallower edging works well when you have hard clay soils or want an edge that’s flush with surrounding lawn. For deep weed protection, an 8-inch depth works well. Choose deeper edging (up to 12 inches) for loose, sandy soil.
Keeping lawn edges neat along planting beds, paths and driveways doesn’t have to be a time-consuming nightmare. With proper lawn edging, you elevate the look of your yard by defining lines. Edging also makes garden beds look professional and polished. Lawn edging comes in variety of materials at a range of price points. Flexible steel edging scores as a top-of-the-line treatment that boasts durability and good looks. It’s maintenance free, and you can mow over it without damage.
If string trimming along lawn edges is your least favorite chore, consider installing an edging you can drive over with the lawn mower. Coco fiber edging is made of fibers from coconut hulls. This fiber is also known as coir. In this lawn edging, coir is blended with natural latex rubber to form a durable, long-lasting edging that’s water and air permeable. It looks good enough to stand alone, but you can also cover it with traditional bark mulch, if you prefer that look. Anchor it in place using landscape staples.
Skip digging by opting for easy stomp-in edging. This lawn edging is rubber, made from recycled car and truck tires. The top of each block mimics the look of natural stone, while the underside is open. Inside each block (visible from underneath) are rubber stoppers, which prevent you from sinking blocks too far into soil. Arrange blocks along your edge area before stomping them into place. It’s a good idea to wet soil before installation, or simply wait to install after rain. Rubber construction ensures this lawn edging will last a long time.
Powder coated steel elevates edging to an art form when it takes the shape of a low fence. The design for this edging comes from Shakespeare’s garden in Stratford, England. These hoop stakes mark bed and path edges while also pulling double duty as plant supports. To draft hoops as edging, place them side by side or slightly overlapping along planting beds or paths. Hoop stake edging is the perfect choice for keeping annuals or perennials from falling over onto lawn or walkways.
Galvanized steel offers a virtually indestructible option for edging lawn and planting beds. This type of edging comes in straight sections, which you fit together to create a seamless look. The steel is thin enough that you can easily bend it to swoop around bed corners. After installation, the finished look is professional. To install, first moisten soil before slicing sod with a spade or edging tool. Use a rubber mallet to pound edging into place.
Pretty products to enhance your driveway include a small garden fence. The Emsco Victorian Fleur De Lis Garden Fence has a classic gate design, is made of rust-free resin and interlocks to curve around a driveway.