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My least favorite spring clean up job is edging the landscape beds. I do it each spring, and it looks great for a month or two before the grass begins creeping into the beds. This year, I'd like to permanently edge with something that looks natural. I don't like the looks of plastic, or anything visible, really. Any suggestions?

Posts: 863 | Location: PA zone 6 | Registered: Mar 12, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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If all depends on how large the area you are improving...too much of anything is...too much.
Putting in a edging material can look not so good...tacky.
Not doing anything...but improve the edge itself can often make a great statement.
It can also look great if the garden site is in a shape that pleases the eye.

Straight lines do nothing for a garden; curved lines increase the sightline -- you see more of what makes the garden. If flowers, then more bloom is seen by the eye. If greenery, again the eye follows the height, and depth.

Try this on a small area--using a sharp edging tool, cut at the edge, straight down...make sure it is strait down...not at an angle.
Make the cut as deep as you see fit...but try 3 inches at can try deeper if the look appeals. Generally, sod wont invade the space--grass might look scraggly at the edge but a string edger can take care of that.
If you also raise the soil above the sod, this will help the look and help with good drainage as well. How much you raise it depends on can take as long as one season....or a dozen--you decide.
If you do raise the soil, try thinking adding compost there, using a rake or other tool to mix it in.
Sometimes, the look of soil around the base of plants can look---good--if not better than using mulch--which has a look all its own.
(not to deny the value of mulching)

No fencing is needed.
Posts: 458 | Registered: Mar 22, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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For our planters, I use a gas trimmer on wheels as our grass would grow right over everything.

This is the one here.

Here is a pic of one area. The mulch sits right next to the edger line.

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~So are the days of our lives

Posts: 9438 | Registered: Oct 09, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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What to use depends on what you have to stop. There are gardens I have worked in that had the plastic 4 or 6 inch edging put down and had the grass grow over the top and in many instances had other types of grass send rhizomes under. Some people have had concrete edging poured (really expensive) and found the same thing.
I have used 10 inch aluminum flashing (roll the top edge over unless you want to slice your hands) as well as the 8 x 16 inch patio blocks. I have found little will stop most grasses from invading planting beds for very long. Then you do need to attend to grasses in the planitng beds tht grew from seeds.

The sign of a good gardener is not a green thumb, it is brown knees.
Posts: 8158 | Location: Twin Lake, MI USA | Registered: Aug 19, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I use an electric edger. It's still a bit of work, but not as bad as trying to do it by hand!

"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
Posts: 4845 | Location: SW Ga. 8b | Registered: Apr 21, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Wood edging is great option for natural edging. Wood adds informal and organic look to the garden and it is easy to maintain and inexpensive to install.
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shook, we 'had' an electric trimmer which I could start easily. The batteries are no longer holding energy. My dh purchased a gas model edger. It is now HIS job since I'm unable to get it started.

As for materials for the edge of your garden bed, this is a personal taste. There are many images online what other homeowners have used. My dh doesn't care what goes in = just so long as there is something to keep the mulch in the space & the edger can get around easily. Some edges have included the following: rocks, bricks (flat side down/upward), cement poured and pressed to look like rock, timber in long lengths/round cuts, etc. There are many plastic/metal looks, too. Look up images online and decide for yourself what YOU like...and what is in the budget. Best wishes in your outdoor project.

lorencarls, my father used to be in the horticulture business as a private contractor. He stayed within our area when completing projects. Looks like you have some nice projects. Aren't most of your clients listed within your area? The policy around this message board is no advertising. Just letting you know.
Posts: 5177 | Registered: Jan 23, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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My electric edger plugs in, there are no isn't cordless. It works great.

I have used bricks around the bed all around our house.

"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
Posts: 4845 | Location: SW Ga. 8b | Registered: Apr 21, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Courtesy of watching the landscaping crews working the green spaces in our subdivision, we discovered that there is a trenching shovel perfect for creating a deep, clean "half pipe" edge between the lawn and the bed.

It won't keep grasses like bermuda or zoysia from eventually trying to send shoots into the bed that you'll have to pull out, but it is an excellent foundation step to creating a clean looking bed. Generally, we pair the trench with a metal edging like this one:
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