|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
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 is simply pressure treated lumber made of
treated pine, cedar, or redwood. You may use 2x4’s, 4x4’s,
6x6’s, 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
2x4’s, 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
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
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