Garden edging plays a key role in improving the appearance of any outdoor space and serves as a way to give your garden a completed look. Garden edging gives the landscape a clean and structured presence and enhances the overall design of the garden. Edging separates soil, pebbles, or mulch from the lawn, and if installed correctly, allows easy mowing. Knowing the different types of edging and methods for installation ensures a beautiful garden and a happy homeowner.
Types of edging
Both stone and plastic edging improve the appearance of a garden space. The product chosen depends on budget and the look a gardener hopes to achieve.
Scalloped paver stones, landscaping bricks, or natural stones offer the benefit of durability and a more natural appearance. Square or rectangular stone pavers work well for a design with sharp angles. Depending on the size of the area and the type of stones desired, this method can be costly.
Plastic edging comes in easy-to-install rolls featuring varying lengths and widths, typically 10 cm to 15 cm. Although this edging demands less from the pocketbook, it also offers less durability than stone pavers and a more artificial appearance. However, many gardeners choose plastic edging for a curved bed and borders due to its manoeuvrability.
Stone edging installation
Installation of stone edging begins with digging a trench. When complete, the top of the edging should be higher than the lawn, but not so high that a lawn mower cannot glide over the top. Roughly 3 cm above the lawn offers easy mowing and reduces chances for tripping. Careful digging ensures an even, uniform trench and the most attractive appearance. Gardeners should aim for a tight fit between pavers to reduce shifting, and fill any gaps with removed soil. While generally more expensive, interlocking pavers ensure a secure, tight fit.
Plastic edging installation
Installation of plastic edging also requires a trench, and depth should be roughly 3 cm less than the width of the edging product. A spade creates a straight, earthen wall to support the edging, and a wheelbarrow works well for storage of removed soil.
Preparing the edging
Remove the plastic edging from the packaging and unroll it. Allowing the edging to sit in the sun for a short time makes it more pliable and reduces the curl that results from being wound tight. Cut the edging into the desired length, and place it so the curled top faces the grass.
Placing the edging
Place the edging inside the trench. If properly dug, roughly 3 cm of the edging clears the surface of the ground. Working in sections, use the soil in the wheelbarrow to fill the empty spaces to ensure the edging stays securely in place.
If the landscaping design features curves, use garden stakes to hold the edging in place. These stakes usually come with the edging as part of the purchase. Using a hammer, install the stakes horizontally into the soil at the base of the edging. This ensures good placement and prevents puckering.
Tamping and watering
After filling in the soil to secure the edging, use a tamper to compress the soil, or stamp on it. Survey the entire area for holes, dips, or gaps, all the while filling, and re-tamping the soil. Using a garden hose, water the soil on both sides of the edging to ensure compact placement.
Care and maintenance
Roll up leftover edging for storage. Plastic edging has pieces that interlock so that damaged sections can be changed without replacing the entire length. If installed correctly, homeowners should be able to run the lawn mower right over the top of the edging, making trimming unnecessary.
Additional types of garden edging
Some gardeners wish to use other types of edging in lieu of plastic or stone. Additional materials for edging include the following:
These types of edging come with their own instructions. However, most install similarly to plastic and stone.
How to buy garden edging on eBay
A beautiful outdoor space offers a refuge or a fun gathering area in warm weather. Although installation takes a little time and labour, garden edging can improve the appearance of an outdoor space and reduce maintenance in a garden for years to come. People looking for stone or plastic garden edging on eBay should start by utilising the search engine located on any page. Narrow search results for size, price, and other preferences, and look for listings from Top-rated sellers to ensure a successful buying experience. Buyers should always check seller feedback to further guarantee a positive transaction.