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Different Types of Garden Edging

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Authored by Jaipi Sixbear in Gardening 
Published on 12-07-2009

Garden Edging creates a clean crisp line between lawn and garden. Grass and plants are discouraged from migrating between areas. Garden edging can also be used to separate pathways from green areas of lawn and garden. Create a well planned and defined landscape using these different types of garden edging. Choose the type of garden edging best suited to your needs and budget.

Black Plastic Garden Edging

This is probably the most economical garden edging. It comes in long plastic strips that can be inserted into garden soil as a border. The top edge is rounded for a finished look. The flexibility of black plastic garden edging allows for both curved and straight borders. This type of edging can be used to create a border for different edgings as well. It’s durable but sometimes shifts and has to be re-done.

Cement Block Garden Edging

This type of garden edging works well for Squared off raised bed gardens. It can be an economical choice in garden edging. Cement block garden edging gives several inches of added height without stacking. Cement blocks now come in terracotta color for a more decorative look. They can also be painted to suit the taste of the owner.

Brick Garden Edging

There are a multitude of different brick garden edging types. Plain bricks can be used lengthwise, sideways, in patterns or slanted to one side with just the top corner protruding. There are also different shapes and sizes of brick pavers and borders. Curved and scalloped bricks are perfect garden edging for tree borders. Pavers may be better suited for pathway garden edging.

Loose Stone Garden Edging

Black plastic garden edging can be used to create a border for loose small stone. Loose stone can also be used in a trench. The plastic border presents a cleaner line. Try loose stone pathways made with pea gravel and bordered with other garden edging for separation. The uses for loose stone as garden edging are limited only by your imagination.

Large Rock Garden Edging

Random large rocks of a similar size make dramatic garden edging. Use the same or different shapes depending on the look you want to achieve. Flagstone pieces can be randomly stacked or left in a single layer. Embed them vertically for a jagged appearance. Try using rounded rocks with flowers spilling over the edges for color. Combine different rock types for contrast.

Clay Pot Garden Edging

Small or large clay pots make quaint garden edging. Alternate sizes for a whimsical look. Clay pots can be painted in different colors to match the mood of the landscape. Clay pots are a striking garden edging, whether inverted or right side up. When using right side up pots for garden edging, plant a few flowers in them as an accent. They can also be topped with gazing balls.

Living Garden Edging

For a softer garden edging, try using live plants. Simply dig a trench border around the garden. Fill the trench with potting soil and fertilizer or compost. Use this trench ‘pot’ as a planter for dense perennials. Use flowers or herbs according to your preference. I do not recommend the use of mint with this technique. It has a tendency to take over and crowd other plants.

Different types of garden edging create defined lines for your landscaping. Some of the different types of edging are plastic, cement, brick and stone. You can also use clay pots or a living border as edging for a more artistic look. Different types of garden edging create multiple garden options. Try one of these methods of edging in your landscaping for a beautiful yard and garden.

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