How To Choose Edging Material for a Garden

Finishing your garden with a suitable border will set your plants in their proper places, enhancing their beauty and order and protecting them. Giving your garden a proper edging that will serve as its border is necessary. You need to select edging material that will not only beautify but also secure the safety of your plants or vegetables from different forms of attackers, such as high-growing grass, animals, and man’s footsteps. Here’s how to choose edging material for your garden.

Seek expert advice. If you are not yet familiar with the different materials for edging, you might want to seek a landscaper’s assistance. Take him for a tour in your garden and discuss your plans for it. He may have more useful suggestions that will contribute to the beauty and safety of your garden. Or you can visit a garden depot and ask about what edging material would be best for your garden type. This is also your chance to know the possible budget needed to finish the project.

Go for quality, not quantity. There is edging material especially designed for any soil type and even bad weather conditions. It may cost you a few dollars though, but the quality and long-term service are what really matter, and meticulous maintenance is not a requirement.

Select edging material that matches the garden. For example, if your garden has a touch of bricks in it, or smooth stone and pebbles, it would be best that you purchase materials that are of the same element and quality. Edging material comes in different styles, forms, and shapes.

There are two different types of edging material—natural and man-made. Wood, stones, and rocks are closer to nature, and thus enhance the beauty of your garden in a natural way.

  • Flagstone edging. Install this in a well-compressed ground. To make the setting up of stones equally smooth, try adding soil after each layer.
  • Lumber or logs. Dead wood looks nice and adds to the natural beauty of your garden but it can rot.
  • Landscaping planks. This is a sturdy type of landscaping or border installation that requires 2 inches of sand or soil after each level.

On the other hand, while man-made options such as metal and plastic are somewhat substantial and durable, they do have less of an earthy feel. Here are other edging materials:

  • Concrete. This material suits a garden that is a bit similar to a patio’s appearance. It is designed to have a 6-inch depth on the ground and a 6-8-inch height for the garden’s border, offering full security from grass and footsteps.
  • Bricks. Used way back in ancient times, these sturdy pavers are perfect if you want to accentuate your garden with an elegant, classic look.
  • Steel ribbon. If your garden requires a curvy border, this one works for you.
  • Plastic. This type might be the least expensive; however, it is also the least durable among the aforementioned man-made edging materials.

To get best results in both beautifying your garden and protecting it from destructive and harmful external elements, choose an edging material that is well-suited to your garden’s specific needs and style. Good luck!


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