Your yard's landscape edging will have a big impact on the overall appearance and quality of your property's condition and your property value. A poorly maintained landscape design will leave your yard overgrown and filled with ugly details; however, you can correct many problems in your yard with a good landscape edging. Here are some tips to help you tackle your landscape edging and updating project.
Choose an Edging Material
Choosing the right type of edging is one of the first steps in adding a landscape edging that is going to look great, function well, and last for many years. There are many landscape edging products on the market and available from home and garden centers and even on the internet. However, when you understand some of the details with many common edging materials you will see the types of problems that will come up in the future.
Wood edging, whether it is with railroad ties, cedar edging, or miniature wooden fences will initially work well, but they will attract insects and will begin to rot. A wood material set into the soil that is exposed to moisture and insect activity will begin to decompose and can create a home for insects. You may also look to install bricks, which can shift in the soil as the vegetation grows around them and the soil expands and contracts through natural climate and season adjustments.
Metal or plastic edgings are more durable and will hold their shape in a continuous length. But metal and plastic will shift upward from the soil, and metal will create a hazard with any sharp edges poking out of the soil. Concrete curbing as an edging is going to provide a durability that lasts even set within the soil. And when a continuous curbing is installed, you don't have to worry about the seams of the curbing shifting apart and allowing lawn or other vegetation from growing through.
Look For a Good Form
A successful concrete edging is going to be set within the soil of your landscaping a couple of inches. This feature will prevent root growth from your lawn and bedding plants from escaping their boundaries. And a well-set concrete edging on a stable soil foundation will protect the concrete's integrity over its lifetime.
Be sure you also look for an edging that is going to rise up from the landscape's edges to hold back gravel, soil and wood chips, or bedding flowers but will also not get in the way of your mower when it is set against your lawn's edge. You can arrange for an angled concrete curbing to provide these specific details to be customized for your landscaping. Then, be sure to follow up by applying a concrete sealant every few years to protect your concrete edging.