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Before a gardener ever begins to physically install landscape edging, he should consider why he wants it in the first place. Each type of edging has its own pros and cons when it comes to installation, use and maintenance. Choosing the best type of landscape border to meet a gardener’s wants and needs makes installation less tricky, leaving more time for him to enjoy his yard or flower beds.
There are two basic types of landscape edging: aboveground and inground. Aboveground edging is firmly planted in the ground but has a decorative border that peeks above the surface of the earth. Inground edging sits flush with the ground and has little, if any, decorative appeal. Installing aboveground edging involves the same basic groundwork as a flush edging, but may require more maneuvering upon installation to get the aboveground component to sit in a pleasing manner. If a gardener doesn’t desire a decorative effect for his lawn or garden edging, choosing inground edging will save time at installation, as well as later when it comes time to trim the grass, weeds or plants around the edging.
Gardeners should consider the material when choosing landscape borders. Stone or masonry is attractive and long-lasting, but is harder to move if the installer is working by himself. It’s best to enlist the help of a friend when choosing to install paver edging or other masonry features. Wood is comparatively lightweight and easy to maneuver, but deteriorates over time even with the best care. Plastic is both cost-effective and lightweight, but may be less aesthetically pleasing.
Timing is everything when installing landscape edging. Avoid installing any type of yard edging after a heavy rain. Edging placed on saturated ground can shift and move as the soil dries. Heavier stone or metal lawn edging is less affected by this shifting than other types. Dry, parched soil is tough to work with and requires more loosening before placing a landscape edging. Opt for lightweight landscape restraints or moisten the soil slightly before beginning installation.
Landscape edging is meant to complement plant life and provide a clear border or definition between one part of the yard and another. If the edging is crooked or misplaced, the effect is lessened. Gardeners should use tools such as levels and enlist an extra pair of eyes to achieve the perfect border.
The person installing landscape edging or raised garden beds should observe basic safety rules. Large jobs can become tedious, causing physical strain. Shorter jobs involving heavy materials can cause sudden injury. Lifting properly, and using supportive back braces and gloves go a long way in ensuring the completion of installation without hazards.
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