Ideas for Edging Your Lawn

Why edge the lawn? Often times, mowing, trimming, and gathering the grass clippings seem enough to get most lawns into neat condition. However, curating the edges of your lawn can give your home a more organized appearance and provide a decorative finish to the landscaping.

Other reasons to edge your lawn:

  • Gives your home a cleaner look. Homes with messy lawn edges often look more disorganized and unkempt.
  • Keeps grass within your property. Aggressive grass types can spread into the flower garden and prevent flowers from growing properly.
  • Makes maintenance easier. If you know exactly where your lawn begins and ends, mowing becomes easier and faster to do.
  • Keeps mulch from spilling into the lawn during watering or raining. Otherwise, you could be left with a big mess to clean after every rain shower or watering session.

Different Types of Edging

Lawn edging can actually mean a few different things. As mentioned, one way to edge lawns is to trim the areas near the sidewalks, flower beds, and driveway. This not only helps contain the grass, but keeps it away from foot and car traffic.

Another form of lawn edging is to use other materials to separate the lawn from the garden or landscaping beds. Things like mulch, gravel, and small shrubs are forms of lawn edging that separate the grassy areas from other plants.

How to Cut an Edge

There are two major ways to cut an edge, with the main difference being the tools that are used.

One is with a power edger. A power edger cuts deeply and evenly, using much less effort than a spade. This works well on grass in heavy clay soil and helps it to last longer than a hand-cut edge.

You can also use a sharpened spade. Stand at the edge of the garden bed and cut an edge at an angle into the flower bed. You can compost the leftover soil and grass to make fertilizer for plants or for the grass.

Other Materials for Edging

In addition to power edgers and spades, you can also use the following materials to edge your lawn:

  • Metal edgers:

    Pros: Inexpensive, durable, and easy to install deep into the soil that it "disappears" underground.

    Cons: Edges will need to be tall enough (around 4 inches) to prevent grass from growing or "crawling" over it. Soil and mulch can also easily burythe edges, allowing the grass to grow into it as well.

  • Rock edgers:

    Pros: Durable, attractive

    Cons: Heavy, expensive, and requires some mortaring to ensure that it stays in place.

  • Plastic edging:

    Pros: Inexpensive

    Cons: Often cheaply made and easy to break.

  • Composite material edging:

    Pros: Durable

    Cons: Hard to unroll and install.

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