Lawn Edging Techniques and Ideas

Whether or not your lawn is growing right now, you can still think about lawn edging. Edging is the finishing touch to your lawn. It's the place where the lawn meets the sidewalk or driveway. Depending on the type of grass you have, you might be able to get away without the edging, but your lawn and garden will look so much better if you pay attention!

Barrier Edging

There are plenty of types of barrier edging. There is metal hidden edging that you pound into the area between the grass and the hardscape. The metal edging could be hammered between a flower bed and the lawn to keep the mulch from washing out of the bed and into the lawn. You can build a rock wall or use pavers to make an artistic delineation between the lawn and the hardscape.

The possibilities are limitless!

Cutting an Edge

You can use a power edger or a hand edger to cut an edge. If you have taller, thicker, coarser grass such as St. Augustine, a hand-cut edge is attractive option for you. Cut the edge so that the edge slopes away from the bed to the lawn. This allows for drainage out of the bed.

If you cut a large amount of sod, throw it in the compost pile! It's too rich to waste.

Spraying an Edge

If you have grass creeping onto the driveway or the sidewalk you can use a herbicide to spray it and re-establish the edge. You can also spray an outline for a landscape bed. When using systemic herbicides, you can sometimes end up killing more of the grass and having a larger or wider edge than you might want-so be careful.

Creative Edging

Are you a wine aficionado? Do you have a lot of old china lying around your house? What about rusty garden tools? You can make a creative edge or border between your pathway, turf, and landscape beds by using everyday household items in unusual ways. You're limited only by your creativity.

If you aren't currently edging the lawn, you will find, when you start, that it's much easier to maintain a neat and clean look-no matter the direction you take to do it.

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