Lawn Edging Ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Lawn edging can be used for weed control, to line walkways, to make your lawn more attractive and to save you weeding and mowing time. Decide what kind of edging to use depending on the time you want to spend, the cost and what is aesthetically appealing to you. Use your imagination and be creative when thinking about lawn edging ideas.

Living Edge

One of the most attractive and easy-to-do edges is ground-cover plants. Alyssum or Aegopodiumalso, also known as "snow on the mountain," can present a pleasing border for your lawn. When considering a living edge, keep in mind the height of the mature plant. Especially if you are using it to edge flowerbeds, you do not want the edge to be taller than your flowers .

You can do a mixture of living edges, using different colours and textures. But keep watering needs the same for the different types of plants. Use your imagination. Sweet potato plants, some ornamental grasses and impatiens are low lying and easy to maintain. If you are concerned about spreading or want a definitive edge, just cut about a 2- or 3-inch V shape in front of your living border.

Natural or Recycled

Using stones for edging requires little maintenance, and they will last a very long time. Various stones, rocks and pebbles will give your yard a natural look. You can use different colours or sizes of stones for an informal look. Consider creating a tiered look by stacking flat or sheet rock like slate or bluestone of different colours.

If you like to think green and want to use recycled products, consider recycled bottles or shredded rubber from tires. Better Homes and Gardens suggests making a border by placing recycled glass bottles with the bottle neck planted into the ground.

Wood Borders

You can choose from sleepers or logs, or create a miniature picket fence. Decide if you want to go rustic or want a more polished appearance. You can even use plywood and attach ceramic tiles that you find attractive. Remember that wood may rot, even if treated.

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Rebecca Miller has been a ghost writer for web since 1999. Miller was the editor and writer of a national in-print newsletter for AlterraHealth. She is a certified Registered Activity Coordinator and Life Enrichment Specialist working with the cognitively impaired.