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Gardening on the Edge – Define Your Garden Space

Nothing completes the look of a garden like a nice clean edge.  I’ve got a few different looks in my gardens and the one you choose will be a product of the time you want to take in maintenance as well as the general look you like.

The four types of edging you will find in my yard include plastic edging, pavers, timbers, and cut edge.

The plastic edging came with the house.  The yard had been landscaped by a professional and it looked very nice when we moved in 21 years ago.  However, the strong sun we receive in the front yard has caused the plastic to become rather crispy.  When using the line trimmer around this edging, the line can sometimes cut right into that plastic.  Also, the way our ground expands and contracts in the weather can really squeeze the plastic out of the ground.

edge plastic

I have lined the Lamppost Garden and the Down Under Garden with pavers.  It takes some time to initially insert the pavers.  I like them to be flush with the ground, making it easy to mow over.  This is a very clean look and is easy to trim around.  My line trimmer cannot chew through the bricks.  The clean look and the easy maintenance make this my favorite edging option.  Once a year, I trim back the grass on the outside, pull the weeds on the inside, and the garden is ready to grow.  The pavers are easy to install and, once they are in place, they aren’t going anywhere!

edge pavers

Cutting the edge with an edging tool is very time-consuming but extremely attractive.  I really like the look of the cut edge, it’s just very hard to maintain.  Each year, I find myself having to re-cut the edge and find the right shape of my crabapple shade garden.  The newest side garden is also cut, and I was a bit more aggressive with the depth.  This helps to define the area better – just be careful not to lose the lawnmower over the edge!

edge cut

Out back, the previous owners really loved timber edging.  It surrounds the patio, driveway, and planter box beside the driveway.  It looks nice, but it’s at least 25 years old now, and carpenter ants really like it.  I’m working on replacing the parts that are closest to the house for obvious reasons.  I’m not sure I would ever install timber edging, but I suppose if it’s properly treated, it shouldn’t attract vermin.

edge timber

Some of my neighbors have invested in concrete edging.  That’s a bit too permanent in my mind.  My gardens tend to grow – quite literally.  They morph every year.  Which is most likely why the paver edge is my favorite.  Nothing too permanent in my yard, please!

edge concrete

There are many creative ways to edge your garden.  Perhaps repurposing is your passion.  Try sinking a few wine bottles.  I love this terra-cotta themed edge.  And sometimes, a simple stone wall makes a statement.

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