10 Tips For Choosing The Right Edging For Your Garden Landscape
What Is Edging For, Anyway?
More than likely if you are reading this, you are already pretty clear on what edging is (you know, since you are looking for tips on choosing it!), but just in case, here is a rundown for you:
Landscape edging creates distinctive lines between areas of your garden, which helps define areas, walkways, and other areas that you would like to draw attention to.
Really, this means that edging is a pretty important, often un-sung hero of gardens and landscapes everywhere. Even many gardens that are designed to have a wild and unkempt look still take advantage of edging to create definition.
Time for Edging Tips!
We're going to look at several types of edging: Plastic, Metal, Wood, Concrete, and Stone. While there are other types, these are the most common. If you have any questions about alternatives, leave a comment and we'll help you out.
Pros: Plastic edging is definitely one of the least expensive options out there, and is very easy to install. Its flexibility makes it easy to create curves and shapes, so you can be pretty creative.
Cons: While this is a cheaper option, be careful, because the least expensive varieties often look cheap. Also, plastic edging does not last as long as some other options and may need replacing periodically.
Pros: Definitely one of our favorites, metal is one of the longer lasting edging options out there. It comes in a multitude of colors, tends to blend in more with a natural environment, and does not look cheap.
Cons: Metal edging costs more than plastic (though it lasts longer too). Also, metal edging is a little harder to wrangle and cut, so you may be better off having it professionally installed.
Pros: Like plastic, wood is a fairly inexpensive edging option, but blends better into your garden than plastic. Like metal, in comes in a variety of colors, and it is fairly easy to find at most home improvement stores.
Cons: If not treated properly, wood edging can rot. So if you have a moisture intensive landscape, or live in a particularly wet area (Yes, Seattle, we're looking at you :P ), then you may find yourself replacing your edging more than you would like.
Pros: You want durable edging? Well you certainly have it with concrete. Not only will concrete stand up to just about whatever weather you throw at it, it's also pretty easy to repair by filling.
Cons: It's really durable. As in if you want to get rid of it, it's going to require a demolition job. Also, poured concrete can be a little tricky, so like metal edging, you may want a professional to do the job for you.
Pros: Like metal, we love stone edging. There are a ton of options from very small, loose stones (like the image at the very top), to secured boulders (like the previous picture), which allow all kinds of landscape themes.
Cons: Stone edging can be expensive, depending on what you choose, and the weight can make transportation a little tricky.
So there you go, 10 tips about garden edging. If you have any questions, please leave a comment! We're always happy to answer.