Types of edging
There are several different types of edging available. The four main types include spade-cut, strip edging, masonry and wood edging. Look around your landscape and choose a material that aesthetically matches the design and style of your outdoor space. Each edging material has advantages:
For the simplest type of border, choose spade-cut edging. Spade-cut edging involves digging a narrow trench around the outside of the bed you are setting part and is the least expensive type of edging available. Use a flat spade with a straight cutting edge to get the job done.
Strip edging consists of a shallow barrier that is anchored beneath the ground. The very top part of the edging is visible to subtly set the bed and lawn apart. Strip edging works best for creating curves and comes in plastic and metal varieties. Plastic is less expensive and easier to install. Metal edging comes in steel or aluminum and lasts longer but is less pliable.
Masonry edging, composed of stone, brick or concrete, is the most expensive type. Stone is very attractive and allows you to match borders to any existing stonework you have used in the landscaping, garden or exterior of your home. Cement borders often come in preformed sections of different shapes and styles, allowing for easier installation.
Wood edging comes in precut sections of alternating heights, either as round logs or flat boards. All types of wood edging are durable and most are affordable. The types of wood most often used include cedar, cypress and redwood, which resist rot naturally when lying next to soil. Pressure-treated wood is resistant to moisture and a good value for larger projects.
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