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Edging your lawn: experts’ top tips

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Brick edging between lawn and path - smart, but weeds can grow between the paving cracks

Different types of lawn edging

Lawn edging
Lawn edging – do you know which is best for your garden?

Many gardeners have found themselves making a disastrous attempt at installing lawn edgings only to find themselves killing the grass around them.

This might be due to underestimating the effect of the lawn edging, as they are quite small, with each piece only a few inches high.

While it is possible for homeowners to do this task on their own, proper care should be observed to avoid ruining how your garden looks.

So, to help counter any problems you may encounter, here’s a guide to different types of lawn edging on the market to help you choose the best option for your garden.

Plastic or metal edging

Dummies suggest plastic or metal edgings are the easiest to install, because both retain their flexibility, allowing you to bend them easily. Furthermore, you can trim the size to make them fit the area that you want to edge. Installation is fairly easy too, as you only need to drive the edging down into the ground using a wooden mallet.

If you opt for metal edgings, make sure to select stainless steel, otherwise, you may end up having to replace your edgings after a few years because they can potentially corrode due to rust. You can paint them prior to installation for added protection from wear and tear. Take proper care when installing metal edgings, as they usually have edges sharp enough to cut the skin.

Brick edging

Brick lawn edging
Brick edging

Brick is a favourite for householders because it gives the garden a classic appearance.

However, the downside of this is that they can be the priciest option on this particular list.

Furthermore, plants, weeds, or grass can grow between the spaces over time, according to How Stuff Works.

Wood edging

Wood is a good option if you are going for a natural look. If you decide to opt for pre-made wood edgings, you need to make sure that they have been treated against rot so you do not have to replace them regularly.

For reference, Screwfix lists an assortment of lawn edging that has been pressure tested against rot. These types of pressure tested lawn edgings are the industry recommend standard and will last longer compared to the many cheaper options available. You can also paint them prior to installation for added durability.

Concrete edging

Homeowners have two options when it comes to concrete edgings: they can purchase pre-made units, or they can make their own by pouring concrete in the designated area. The latter is the more challenging option, but this allows you to customise the edging according to their needs, BHG advises in their article on landscaping.

For instance, if you want to transform your garden so that it has curved sections, you can design your own edgings to fit the design that you have in mind.

Gabion edging

Plant Care Today suggests gabion as an alternative instead of lawn edging. Gabion edgings are comprised of large rocks locked together by wiring.

Like wood, it will enhance the natural look of your garden. If made properly, they are quite sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about them collapsing unexpectedly.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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