While lawn edging has a functional role – both to provide a surface to trim against for easier care, and to prevent your lawn entering your garden beds, its important that it looks great as well. Whether you want a curved or a straight edge will also determine which materials are best suited for the job.
Here’s some options that can give your lawn “the edge”…
Bricks are a common option for edging, more often than not there are some left over after the house was built. They are a sturdy solid choice that will create a wide edge for separating your lawn from your garden beds.
Timber sleepers (pine and hardwood)
Pine or hardwood sleepers can create a natural effect for your edging and is ideal for straight lines. Just be certain that the product you are using is designed to last and won’t rot or deteriorate quickly.
If the main purpose of an edge is to stop your lawn from over running your garden beds, you will need to look at some sort of edging that sits deep in the soil to stop the roots of your lawn. Plastic is often seen as a good cost effective option, but it can look very average and often works it’s way out of the ground as it goes out of shape due to sun driven expansion. The best way to get plastic to work is as a divider where the plastic edge is mostly entirely buried and so less susceptible to deformation.
There are specialised concrete kerb installers and landscapers who can mix concrete and lay the mould in the shape or angle required using a concrete kerbing machine. Prefab concrete edging is available, but can be rather limited if you need some flexibility with an irregular shaped lawn. Different finishing options and colours suited to your garden are also available.
Metal (galvanised steel and aluminium)
Metal products are a great lawn barrier option that offer the required depth while also providing a visually appealing and permanent look to your garden. The latest flexible steel edging available is the strongest and most versatile option, it handles gentle sloping areas suitably and is now considerably more DIY friendly than it was in the past.
Ultimately, the decision will come down to practicality, preference and price. Have a chat to your local landscape yard or garden supplies shop, they will be more than happy to provide advice to help you get the result you are after.