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Choosing the Right Landscape Garden Edging

By admin On January 22, 2009 No Comments

There are many different choices to be made when landscaping a yard, whether it is a residence or a commercial workplace.  There are choices in the design of the yard, so that there are nice focal points and sitting areas to enjoy the various features of the landscape.  In addition, there are choices in the types of plants, bushes and trees that will go in the various places of the yard so that the landscape looks beautiful all seasons of the year.  Another choice is whether to put in a deck or a pond so that there are more options in the yard, in addition to making choices in the type of landscape garden edging that is to be used in different places.

There are many types of landscape garden edging available on the market today that fit individual preferences in style and cost.  There are some landscape garden edging pieces that are purely practical, such as metal and wire edging.  Metal edging does not even show above the ground.  It is dug into a trench along the edge of a lawn and driveway, or other area that needs the divider for the root system, so that it blocks the roots from growing under and through the hard spots in the yard.  This prevents the individuals from having to edge as often with an electric or gas edger, saving time and cost.  The wire edging is usually used as a preventative measure to deter animals from straying into a particular section of the yard without blocking off the section altogether.

There are also decorative landscape garden edging choices on the market, such as brick, concrete, plastic and railroad ties.  Plastic landscape garden edging is probably the most popular choice since it serves both decorative purposes as well as utility.  The plastic landscape garden edging can be found in any garden supply center and comes in pieces that interlock with each other.  This allows them to be easily installed and also replaced if there is any damage done to them.  In addition, they are easy to place around the planters and gardens since all that is required is a hammer to gently hammer them into the ground.  This is made even easier because the plastic landscape garden edging has a sharp base to it so that it can slide into the sod easily.  There are many different designs in plastic edging so that it can mimic other materials, such as brick, wood, stone, and it comes in different colors as well to help match the other design features in the yard.

Brick Landscape Edging

By admin On January 22, 2009 No Comments

There are many different choices in landscape garden edging, which is beneficial to individuals so that they can find just the right type to fit their practical needs and their aesthetic tastes.  There is some landscape edging that will help individuals to reduce the trimming that they will have to do around their lawns since it helps to block the root systems.  There is other edging that is purely decorative and adds artistic flair to the planter or garden.  In addition, there is other landscape edging that serves as a reminder to dogs and other creatures to stay out of a certain part of the yard without putting up a fence around it which would block the artistic appeal of the landscape.

Brick landscape edging can add style to any yard, whether it is residential or commercial.  The brick landscape edging can be found in a variety of different colors and sizes to meet the needs of the particular area.  In addition, since the bricks are small overall, it is easy to fit them to a curved or a straight section of the planter or garden so that it follows the pattern of the yard.  Brick landscape edging also allows individuals to build them up slightly into a mini-wall to help to deter pests from entering that section of the yard.  Building up the bricks into a little wall is also helpful in preventing weeds and grass from growing up between the bricks, which later need to be pulled or trimmed.

Besides brick landscape edging, there is also material that can be used that has the look of bricks but does not have the price tag attached to it.  Plastic edging material can be made to look like many other materials such as brick, wood, and stone.  The benefit to plastic edging over brick landscape edging is that it also helps to prevent the root systems from traveling beneath the ground.  The reason for this is that the plastic edging has one piece that is decorative and remains above ground, and it also has a base to it that is sharp so that it can slide into the ground easily when it is hammered.  The plastic edging is also better than the brick landscape edging because it comes in interlocking pieces so that there is less of a problem with weeds growing up between the sections.  In addition, it stays in place better than the bricks which sometimes have to be re-set in the planter since they have moved over the course of time, or from the lawnmower coming too close to the planter.

Metal Landscape Edging

By admin On January 22, 2009 No Comments

Metal Landscape Edging

Metal landscape edging is not used as decorative edging like some plastic, concrete and brick landscape edging.  Instead, its use is practical, as it helps to divide the solid parts of the yard from the soft elements in the yard so that there is not an overlap between them.  For instance, metal landscape edging might be used between a driveway and a lawn so that the root system of the lawn does not grow under the driveway and cause it to crack at a later date due to the grass growing over it and through it.  Metal landscape edging is also fairly easy to install so that it does not usually require a professional to do so like concrete edging does.

There are two types of metal landscape edging with different thicknesses available in each type.  Steel edging has been around the longest and is very durable, although subject to rust if galvanized steel is not used.  Thus, it is not always the best choice for use in climates that receive a lot of rain or that are near the coastline.  Aluminum edging is better for use in these wetter climates since it does not rust and is also very durable and easy to work with.  Both of these types of metal landscape edging come in different colors such as black, brown or a silver color to match different landscape designs.

In order to install metal landscape edging, individuals must first buy the edging, which is sold in ten foot lengths so that they have enough for the area that they want to edge.  They will also need a hacksaw so that if they need to cut the metal landscape edging during implementation they are able to do so.  Once they have the materials, they will need to use a shovel to dig a small trench that is five inches deep around the area to be edged in order to accommodate the four inch edging.  Once the trench is dug, the metal landscape edging can be placed into the trench so that the top, rounded edge is facing up.  The edging should be connected together ahead of time to make it easier to fit it to the curves of the landscape design.

Once the metal landscape edging is in place, then the metal stakes are used to hold it in place at about two foot increments.  There are pockets in the edging to accommodate the stakes and hold the edging securely for years to come.  Once that is done, the edging is covered up with the dirt that had been dug out, tamped down, and the topsoil is placed over the top to finish the work.

Plastic Landscape Edging

By admin On January 22, 2009 No Comments

Plastic landscape edging is probably the least expensive and the most versatile edging on the market today out of all the different materials available, such as wire, concrete and metal landscape edging.  Plastic landscape edging usually does not require that a professional install the material since it only takes planning where the edging is desired and a hammer to install it.  It also provides interlocking pieces so that if one section gets damaged for some reason, it is very easy to take that portion out and install another section in its place.  In addition, there are many different choices in colors and shapes in plastic landscape edging so that it can match any landscape design.

Another benefit of using plastic landscape edging is that it helps to block the root systems that lie under the lawn or garden area.  For many homeowners, the grass that grows up in the cracks of the concrete of the driveway and sidewalk, as well as over the curb on the street is a constant problem that has to be trimmed.  Since the plastic landscape edging is hammered down into the ground, it serves to block the root systems underground, which helps to prevent this problem from occurring.  This saves time and energy in the long run, in addition to preventing cracking in the sidewalks and driveways around the house.

Plastic landscape edging also helps to hold in the materials that are in the planters so that they do not come onto the lawn and get caught in the lawn mower.  Often individuals will use rocks, wood chips and other materials in the beds of planters to help prevent weeds from growing up in them.  If there is not an edging around the planter, these materials will eventually slip out onto the lawn where they must be picked up and placed back into the planter.  If they are not, they can hit the lawn mower blade and be flung out of the lawn mower, which is dangerous in addition to dulling the blade.

There are other materials besides plastic landscape edging that can be used effectively around planters and gardens.  Individuals who are not concerned about root systems will often go with bricks, stones or railroad ties which have a unique decorative effect in a yard.  These materials do not sink into the ground, so they do not prevent the root system from spreading.  They also do not interlock, so weeds and grass can spring up in the cracks and have to be either pulled or trimmed with an edger.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Concrete Landscape Edging

By admin On January 22, 2009 No Comments

There are some people to want to add a decorative edging to their planter, garden or lawn and choose to use concrete landscape edging to do so.  There are positive attributes and negative ones to using concrete landscape edging as opposed to other materials on the market today, and individuals should consider these attributes before moving forward with that type of edging. 

Concrete landscape edging is the most permanent of all the types of edging.  For this reason, it is also fairly expensive in comparison to other materials such as plastic landscape edging.  Once concrete landscape edging has been put in place, there is no way to change it without a significant amount of work.  However, because the edging is seamless, it does not allow weeds to grow in the cracks like railroad ties, bricks or pavers tend to do, so it requires much less maintenance than the other types of edging in the long run.  Since it is permanent, individuals should plan very carefully where they want the edging so that they are happy with the end result.

Another benefit to concrete landscape edging is that it can be shaped, stained, patterned and painted to look like other types of edging.  For instance, it can be given a pattern and color to look like it is a brick edging material, yet it will not let weeds grow through it because it is a solid piece.  It is also more solid than the other materials so that if the individual happens to hit it with the lawn mower it does not chip as easily or become destroyed altogether like wood or plastic edging material tends to do.

If individuals are looking for edging material that will help to block root systems, concrete landscape edging is usually not the right choice for them.  It can be used as a root blocking edging, but it requires that a trench be dug around every planter, garden or lawn where the edging is going to be placed so that the concrete can be poured into the trench to help block the root systems.  This is even more expensive and time consuming, which is a deterrent to many individuals who contemplate using concrete landscaping edging for their yards.  If a root blocker is desired, there are many plastic edging materials that can easily be hammered into the ground, and what remains above the ground can look like brick, wood or other materials.