Creating a barrier between your grass and other plants in your landscape can make your yard appear neater and more attractive.
Plus, with landscape edging products, you can create shapes and borders that give your lawn visual interest and plant many types of plants in close proximity, so long as they have room to grow. types of edging kits and products are numerous, so here are some top picks from each type of material whether plastic, metal, stone/brick and decorative.
(1) Plastic Lawn Edging
For eco-friendly edging, try a post-consumer plastic product such as a 100-percent recycled brown lawn edging coil that provides a textured, wood-grained look that blends with mulch, rocks or soil. This type of edging is installed with plastic stakes and blocks, producing a durable boundary to prevent grass from spreading.
(2) Aluminum + Steel Lawn Edging
Aluminum or steel edging is great for straight-line areas; it won't rust, rot or become brittle. It's installed with stakes and can be molded into shapes and curves. This type of landscape edging comes in a variety of colors such as black, brown, bronze and green and is perfect for flower beds, tree rings, walkways and pathways, brick or stone patios, gardens drip edges and more.
(3) Brick + Stone Lawn Edging
Bricks, concrete blocks, and stones are great for aesthetic landscaping edging; however, they don't block the growth or cross-growth of plants or grasses unless they're installed a few inches into the ground (as opposed to being laid or stacked on top of the ground). This type of landscaping edging is considered as much a design element as a physical barrier. It can be more labor-intensive than stake-installed edging, but typically lasts much longer and can be a permanent part of your home's landscape.
(4) Decorative Lawn Edging
Decorative lawn edging products run the gamut from white plastic lattice to faux-concrete paths that resemble grey stone. Typically, this type of landscape edging is poured or installed "permanently" into your yard by a professional, but it lacks flexibility if your landscape design plan changes.
Whatever edging you decide to go with, it's best to take time to install it properly. This takes time and patience. Plan it out. If it's plastic, metal, or brick make sure it's installed straight and it's secure. These products can look sloppy and haphazard without good effort. With decorative products or natural stones/rocks, lay them out first - picking ones that seem to fit next to each other. Then go back and make them secure.