Creating the Right Lawn Edging and Borders for the Garden

Even though it isn’t a necessity to include an edge or border for the lawn, it certain helps to include some sort of separation between the driveway, walkways, fences, and flower beds to create a more attractive finish. In the process of researching the different types of edging you will likely discover a range of choices, from a simple   trench  to attractive stones. Below are some of the best choices for creating the edging to match the garden landscape design –

 Trench  edging

A simple approach to include the defining border is to include the  trench  edging.  Trench  edging is the process of digging a  trench  at four to six inches in-depth to define the edge between the flower bed and lawn. A  trench  is often in the region of about six inches and will require cutting several times per year to maintain its effectiveness. A well-defined edging is also effective for stopping weeds crossing from a lawn area to the cultivate plant area. A great area for using this type of edging is along the fence line to make sure the grass isn’t right up close to the wooden fencing, which should make it easier when using the garden trimmer or similar such tools. A  trench  filled with a material like gravel helps with improving the drainage and limits the possibility of water pools building.

Stone edging

A highly attractive and effective option for creating a solid defining area includes using the stone borders. A well laid stone edging is certain to help with increasing the look of the landscaped lawn area, driveways, walkways, and patio areas. A variety of stones are perfect for this type of application. Some of the high-quality choices include natural stone pavers, sett stone, and fieldstone. Stones like the pavers and setts can be cut to a specific shape to match the layout and design of the garden.

Metal or plastic edging

A metal or plastic edging offers similar qualities to the alternatives mentioned, but are more likely to be less obtrusive. Each of the plastic or metal edging comes in thin strips at a height of four to six inches which is easily buried and helps with creating a highly effective channel around a flower bed or pathway. Due to the simplicity in using this type of edging it is often recommended for use alongside the hard-paved areas like the paths and driveways.


If searching for a more cost-effective option to using the brick or stone borders, it might help to consider using concrete to define a more permanent edge around the lawn area. Concrete is perfect to include in a  trench  using the pre-formed curbing or laying the wet concrete yourself. Providing the concrete is set at a level equal to the lawn it is possible to mow directly over the top without causing any damage to the mowing equipment.