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Edging Your Lawn

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 15 Jul 2012 | comments*Discuss
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A lawn edging may be decorative or inconspicuous. It can frame a landscape, accent or define lines between a garden and its surrounding area, and highlight particular plants. The use of lawn edging will help give shape and structure to your landscape. It will also reduce your mowing and weeding time by keeping the grass in your yard out of certain areas as well as keeping flowers from creeping into your yard. You can use lawn edging to design beds, borders, walkways, and other landscape areas.

Edging Options

The easiest type of edging is achieved by merely stripping the grass from the outer edges of a bed, border, or walkway and refilling it with a layer of mulch. This kind of edging allows for flexibility in the event of change in the size or shape of the area over time. More permanent types of edging include bricks, stones, concrete, landscape timbers, and metal edging strips, most of which can be found at your local garden centre. Many garden centres also offer picket fencing, rustic logs, tiles, and vinyl edging. Other forms of edging utilized consist of lava chunks, sandstone, or gravel. If you are an avid collector, you might consider incorporating items such as shells, pebbles, and even recycled materials such as old tires or bottles into your lawn edges. Weaving bendable willow branches into small fencing is another option.

Edging with stone

Edging with raised stones or bricks make a nice, sharp edge and give a finished look. Stones have a natural appearance and stand out well with flowers and foliage. Those with a weathered look and colours that blend together work best. Include several different sizes and group them together naturally. Bury the bottom of larger rocks and extend them into your garden so they blend together with plants. Place stones or bricks just below lawn mower reach yet high enough to allow any plants along the border to spill over. The best edgings are those with which allow your mower to glide cleanly across. Most edgings should extend at least four inches to keep grass roots and flowers from invading unwanted territories. Concrete edging is both convenient and durable.

Edging with wood

Wooden edging may also be used to layout flowing curves for garden beds or walkways. Use long strips of thin wood and simply hold in place with nails. The use of gravel boards may be integrated as well and can be painted to match the colour scheme of your landscape or garden.

Edging with plants

Plants can also be used as edging. A continuous group along the front border of a garden or path will create a formal effect. For a more subtle effect, you can edge front borders with a combination of low-growing plants. Choose foliage colours and textures that will complement your landscape. Gray or silver foliage plants work well. Lamb's ear, which has silver-furred leaves, is a good choice. Long-blooming annuals such as sweet alyssum or impatiens make lovely edgings. You might want to consider the use of perennials for everlasting beauty. Good choices include liriope, hosta, and candytuft. Dianthus is another edging option. The fragrant flowers bloom throughout summer while maintaining its silvery foliage year-round. Ornamental grass, such as blue fescue, is commonly used as edging for beds and walkways. You can also give structure to gardens and other plants with box edging. Boxwood hedges that are clipped low mimic the more formal gardens. Vegetable and herb gardens can benefit from edging as well. The use of hedges or flowers that are mixed with various herbs like parsley, thyme, or sage as well as salad vegetables can salad vegetables can make attractive edging for paths too.

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