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Lawn Edging

Edging is use to keep walkways in place and to separate your flower and plant gardens from your lawn. This will prevent grass and weeds from growing in your garden beds and will keep maintenance low.

When choosing edging, consider cost, flexibility, appearance, and ease of installation.

There are many types of edging available at your local home and garden center; including brick, cement pavers, decorative pavers, wood, and rigid plastic.

Brick or Pavers
This type of edging is more costly, but it will last for years and really enhances the look of your garden. This type of edging must be set in packed soil with good drainage. Bricks or pavers in loose or consistently swampy soil will not hold their position. Bricks can be set in vertically, or tilted at an angle to make a saw-tooth pattern. There are also bullet like pavers that fit well into each other and have a rounded end so they are easy to curve to your specifications.

Installation: Outline your edging with a rope or hose. Dig out all sod and roots to the depth of your brick. You may want to dig a little deeper and add sand to level as you go. Lay landscaping fabric to prevent weeds from growing in later. Lay your brick, packing sand behind and beneath each brick. Make sure it is level in all directions before you lay the next brick. A level string can be run across the area at the level of the top of your brick to make it easier. Gently tap each brick to set it in the soil.

Wood Edging
Wood edging is simply pressure treated lumber made of treated pine, cedar, or redwood. You may use 2x4s, 4x4s, 6x6s, or timbers to create a lawn edge. Wood is an inexpensive, easy to install alternative to brick or cement, but it will eventually rot.

Installation: Dig out all sod and roots to the depth of your wood. Place the wood along the edge of your garden. For 2x4s, hold them in place with recessed wood stakes spaced every 12 along the outside edging. Larger timbers may be nailed together at the corners. Pack in soil around the outside edge and seed or sod.

Rigid Plastic Edging
Rigid plastic edging is inconspicuous, durable, flexible, inexpensive, and very easy to install. This material works well for both curved and straight areas. It may be used to separate your garden from you lawn, or as an edging for a walkway. It is held in place by the weight of the soil and with galvanized spikes driven through the back of the flange.

Installation: Dig a narrow trench along the sides of your garden or walkway and place the edging material so the top of the edging is just above the ground. Join the ends of the edging with plastic connectors. Pack the soil around the edging.



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