Landscape edging is functional in retaining gravel and soil in flowerbeds, and in preventing grass and weeds from overflowing and growing onto the paths and driveways. Traditional and conventional options consist of steel, concrete, brick and stone, wood, aluminum and plastic. Though most edging is installed by professional landscapers, you can also do it yourself and save both time and money.
Different tones of a same color can be used to visually stimulate textures, and combined with plant height, can add dramatic impact. For instance, hedges are a good option. They can be grown to fit any design and can be trimmed to whatever shape, size or height needed.
Rocks can also be great for edging. Rocks of different shapes and colors can be used for an informal look and provide a natural edge to flower beds. Square cobbles of granite create a very finite edge and bring an “earthy” touch. Flat stones like flagstone and bluestone can be stacked using two or three levels. Their irregular shapes and thickness also create texture and add to the visual dimension.
Another landscape edging idea is to use mismatched or left over bricks. These can be placed against one another in a straight line with a right or left slant. Bricks can also be planted into the soil to create irregular designs. Other materials, like glass bottles, can be recycled and used as edging when they are planted bottom side up in the soil around a flowerbed.
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