Garden Edging Ideas and Advantages


Great garden edging ideas and other tricks for a neat landscape are provided for you to incorporate into your yard and garden. When you are renovating a lawn, one way to give it an instant transformation by utilizing garden edges ideas. No one will appreciate your nice lush grass if it is overgrown into flower beds and walkways.

"Brick Garden Edging"

Bricks as Garden Edging

Edgings that delineate where the grass stops and other plantings begin will help to make a lawn look well tended and “finished.” In addition to the aesthetic advantage, edgings eliminate hand trimming by letting you mow close to flower beds, trees, hedges, fences, and garden objects such as birdbaths. They also block lawn grasses from creeping into gardens and prevent ornamental grasses, ground covers, and other plants from invading the lawn.

"Garden Edging"

Garden Edging with Bender Boards

A common edging is a simple trench, from 2 to 4 inches wide and 4 or 5 inches deep, cut as a border between the lawn and its neighbor. A square-edged spade will cut a soil edging, but a long-handled half-moon edging tool is easier to use and produces a cleaner, straighter cut. Power edgers, either gas-powered or electric, are practical for large lawns. Unfortunately, it will be necessary to redo this type of edging at least once a year.

"Garden Edging with Railroad Ties"

Garden Edging with Railroad Ties

For easier upkeep, use other, more permanent types of edging, including plastic, rubber, or metal strips sunk vertically into the soil. With their top edges set at ground level, the strips are nearly invisible and won’t damage a lawn mower. Be certain they extend deep enough into the soil to stop the rhizomes of your most vigorous plants from creeping under them. Eight inches is usually an adequate depth; the 4 inch ones will not prevent most rhizomes. Half-moon and other edging tools work well for installation, but a simple spade can also do the job.

"Garden Edging with Mulch"

Mulch as Garden Edging

Other useful garden edging materials include landscape timbers, railroad ties, and bricks, which can be set flat, diagonally, or on edge. You can also use stones and bamboo set up vertically along the border. One gardener I know uses 4 inch soil pipes, the type used for drainage and sewage, painted brown and sunk partially in the ground, as a permanent edging for his straight and slightly raised flower beds.

Although we don’t usually think of them as edgings, paved or gravel paths also make good boundaries between a flower bed and a lawn, and they have the advantage of being especially low maintenance.

"Bamboo Garden Edging"

Bamboo Garden Edging

Other Tricks for Neat Lawns

  • Plant a border of vigorous perennials against buildings, walls, fences, and hedges. Mow close to rows of foundation perennials such as daylilies (in sunny spots) and hostas (in shady ones) without harming them.
  • Set birdbaths, benches, and sundials on flat stones or paving blocks at ground level rather than installing them directly into the soil, so that clipping around them is unnecessary.
  • To eliminate trimming around lawn trees or specimen shrubs, encircle them with a thick mulch of bark, shavings, or other organic material, which acts as an edging and also protects the plants from being hit by the mower. Landscape fabric or black plastic laid beneath the mulch will suppress weeds.

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