Functional and decorative edging can be used in gardens depending on the look and purpose of the edging. Gardens can be regularly edged with an electric edger to keep a pristine look from the garden to the lawn. This edging is inexpensive and gives a finished look and a visual appeal in the yard and garden areas. Some prefer to use edging materials with a plastic, metal, or brick composition to eliminate any regular upkeep. Depending on the amount of edging needed and the style of the house, price may be a consideration when purchasing a particular type and style of edging.
Plastic is the least expensive and easiest to install edging material that gives the garden and yard definition. The plastic sections are made with rod inserts that can be hammered into the ground for stability. Plastic edging holds their color and are a great asset on flat ground but if the garden slopes, the plastic will not have the strength to stay in place during rainstorms. The plastic inserts will need an easy fix and repositioned when inclement weather disturbs the garden areas. A choice of a heavier garden edging needs to be in place in sloping gardens.
Aluminum and steel edging are of equal cost, but the aluminum is much lighter weight and easier to handle. Aluminum enjoys the durability of steel without the weight factor, and the results are the same professional look without the heavy lifting. Aluminum edging has a life time without rust and can be purchased in a wide variety of color choices. Aluminum, steel, and plastic edging should be placed in a 4″ deep, narrow trench.
Brick pavers offer the weight and permanence to keep grass from invading the garden areas. This style of edging allows for garden tools and equipment to be used without the worry of bending or breaking pieces of the edging. The expense of using pavers for edging is a one time investment that will yield years without maintenance. A sand base is the typical starting point for edging with pavers. All edging choices need to be laid where plant and tree roots will not compromise their stability.