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What are the Different Types of Landscape Curbing?

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There are several different types of landscape curbing from which to choose. Standard-size precast concrete curbing offers a long-lasting, maintenance-free design. Slant-style and mower-edge landscape curbing are designed to facilitate the use of a lawn mower. Angle-edge styles can be stamped and finished in a variety of ways, and lighted concrete landscape curbing contains a continuous string of low-wattage bulbs to provide subtle illumination at night.

Landscape curbing can be placed around gardens, flower beds, driveways, and patios to inhibit the growth of grass and weeds. Curbing also gives garden areas a smooth, uniform appearance. Landscape curbing is typically laid in a continuous line through an extrusion process. Molds can be utilized to create stamped designs in the curbing that give the appearance of different materials, such as brick or stone. This curbing can also be colored in a variety of ways to enhance its appearance.

Standard-size precast concrete curbing has long been used as a maintenance-free divider between gardens and grassy areas. This type of curbing has traditionally been installed in sections, but can also be laid in an unbroken line using extruded concrete. Standard-size curbing is a relatively inexpensive and simple way to prevent grass encroachment and give garden areas a neat and trim appearance. The top edges of this curbing are usually beveled for a softer look. Concrete stains and dyes may be added for decorative purposes.

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Slant-style landscape curbing features a higher rear edge to retain the soil in a raised garden area. The front edge of the curbing is much lower to permit grass mowing and trimming. The sloping surface of this curbing provides a smooth transition from lawn to garden. Mower-edge curbing has the same features as the slant style, but the lower front edge is usually level with the ground. Both of these curbing types are constructed using an extrusion process and can be stained with a variety of colors.

Angle-edge curbing is intended to be stamped with some type of decorative design. Various types of concrete molds are utilized to produce a simulated brick or stone surface. Once the extrusion and molding process is complete, angle-edge curbing can be colored in multiple ways to give the appearance of brick or stone masonry. Lighted concrete curbing is fitted with a rope-like array of low-wattage recessed lighting. This landscape curbing is designed to gently illuminate the boundaries of driveways, sidewalks and footpaths.

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