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What are the Different Options for Lawn Edging?

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Lawn edging not only reduces lawn maintenance, but it can also enhance a home's appearance and increase its value. Edging helps define borders and creates attractive barriers between the lawn and other sections of the lawn or garden. There are numerous options to choose from when it comes to edging. With this in mind, it can also be a frustrating task deciding which type is best.

Choosing lawn edging is not as complicated as it may first seem. The best way to start is by looking at the home. Since edging can enhance the home's appearance, it should work well with the surrounding landscape. Therefore, the type of material and its use within the landscape will depend on the overall style of your home.

Homeowners should select edging that adds to the landscape, not take away from it. Natural lawn edging material includes plants, mulch, rocks, and wood. For instance, plant edging — such as grasses, groundcover, flowers, and small shrubs — is one of the most widely used and probably the least expensive option.

Mulch is often used by taking grass out from the edges of beds and walkways and then refilling these areas with items like shredded bark, pebbles, pine needles, etc. This option is generally considered more flexible, changing easily over time as needed. Rocks or stones are also commonplace in many landscapes. This edging provides a natural look, especially when intermingled with plants.

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Wood, such as landscaping timbers or railroad ties, are commonly used as well, but they are often treated with chemicals which can be harmful to plants. They're also more expensive. Untreated wood is safer for the environment and a better alternative, though it will need replacing since it deteriorates over time.

Metal lawn edging is a good choice for straight edges but also pliable enough for working with curved areas. The downside to metal is the fact that over time it will rust or take on a weathered appearance. Plastic edging material, such as vinyl, is another widely used and inexpensive option. It comes in multiple styles and provides a neat, formal appearance, but plastic can crack or fade.

Brick and concrete are good alternatives for creating a formal look as well. They are extremely resilient, working well in many landscapes, and will last nearly a lifetime. In addition, there are several styles of brick, all of which can be used to create interesting patterns and designs. With this type of lawn edging, homeowners also have flexibility. Brick edging usually works better than concrete when it comes to curved areas.

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