You’d be amazed at how big of a difference edging can make in the appearance of a property. Oftentimes it is truly the difference between merely average landscaping and landscaping that looks crisp and professional.
By edging your lawn, you can keep grass from growing into areas you’ve mulched, make sure it stays away from flower beds and keep the transition from sidewalk to grass as sharp as possible.
Here’s some information from our landscape contractors in Fargo, ND about what you need to know with regard to edging.
Neatly shoveled edging
Shoveling is far and away the most common strategy people use for their edging, aside from perhaps using gas- or electric-powered edging tools. A nice, cut edge between the grass and the sidewalk or mulch looks crisp and professional. When using your shovel or edging tool, you’ll basically dig a trench along the way that’s about four inches deep. This prevents grass from overgrowing past where it’s supposed to be. This also will generally last you a year before you need to do it again, with relatively little maintenance, which is why it’s so popular among people who do not invest in physical edges that get installed along grass.
When we talk about plastic edging, we’re talking about high-quality rigid edging, not the flimsy stuff you can find at your local home goods store for pennies. If you’re going to put money into a type of material for edging, you’re going to want it to be as sturdy and high quality as possible so your investment lasts multiple years. Plastic edging helps keep pavers from spreading out, which can result in spaces for weeds and moss to form.
Some landscaping requires a bit more heavy-duty work with edging, and aluminum provides an appealing, straight metal edge that is excellent for a couple different purposes. It can, for example, create a drip edge between the turf or mulch and the building to catch rainwater. If gutters drip into planting beds, they could potentially drown the plants you have in those beds. Aluminum edging can be used along with a gravel border to keep that water and gravel from running into areas where you don’t want it.
Aluminum edging is also an ideal option to create a more permanent edge than a simple cut. It may be more expensive than some of the other available options, but you can trust it will be highly durable and last you for many years to come.
There are some people who like to use granite block or other types of stone edging, which creates a little more of a luxurious feel. Typically you’ll use 8” by 4” granite blocks, which will work perfectly for your needs. They’re both practical and decorative.
Looking for more information about landscape edging? We encourage you to contact the landscape contractors in Fargo, ND at S & S Landscaping Co. Inc. and we will be happy to answer any questions you have for our team.