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Edging Buyer's Guide

Take your landscape from messy to manicured!

By Suzanne DeJohn, Former Employee-Owner

Most landscapes include a variety of areas with different purposes. There may be a lawn, a border garden, trees of different species and sizes, and a patio. Each may have a different surface — grass, bark mulch, pine straw, and crushed stone, for example. Edging helps create a tidy landscape by creating distinct borders around each area and surface material.

three types of edging
Left to right: landscape edging, border fencing (also called border edging), and mulch edging

There are three main categories of edging: landscape edging, border fencing (also called border edging), and mulch edging.

Landscape Edging

This type of edging is installed to be visible at the soil surface or rise just a few inches above it. It may rest on the surface or extend several inches into the soil.

  • Creates crisp borders between surface materials
  • Keeps walkway gravel and pea stone contained
  • Prevents mulch from scattering
  • Deters grasses and weeds from infiltrating flower beds
Pound-In Edging
Pound-In Landscape Edging corrals mulch, keeping a crisp border between lawn and flower beds.

Border Fencing / Border Edging

These low fences have a decorative, repeating pattern that helps unify a landscape. They're held in place with stakes or spikes.

  • Adds a year-round decorative element
  • Gives visual cues about where (and where not) to walk
  • Creates a border between gardens and sidewalk
  • Keeps walkways open from floppy flowers
Cross-Hatch Border Fencing
Cross-Hatch Border Fencing delineates a garden and keeps flowers from flopping.

Mulch Edging

These mats are made from natural materials or from shredded recycled rubber that resembles bark mulch.

  • Provides a wide border to keep weeds at bay
  • Won't scatter like regular mulch
  • Makes a mower-safe edge
  • Protects tree trunks from damage by string trimmers and mowers
Tree Ring
Recycled Rubber Tree Ring is a type of mulch edging.

Choosing the Right Edging

Start by considering the purpose of the edging. Is it purely functional — to keep mulch in place around your trees, for example? Or are you looking for something more decorative. Next, consider your site. Is your soil full of rocks and roots, making it hard to dig? Or is the soil loose or sandy? Will the edging be installed in straight lines, or need to accommodate curves? Do you have a preference regarding style or materials?

Use the following three charts to compare:
Landscape Edging   |   Border Fencing/Edging   |   Mulch Edging


LANDSCAPE EDGING Contains mulch or gravel Reduces weed infiltration How to install Material Notes
Pound-In Edging
Pound-In Edging
Pound in with mallet Recycled polyethylene Bury at least 6" deep to deter aggressive grass and weed roots
EasyFlex Edging
EasyFlex No Dig Edging
Surface weeds only ✔ No digging; installs on soil surface with spikes Recycled polyethylene 1-1/2" high; ideal for keeping mulch and walkway stone contained

No digging required; ideal for site with rocky soil or tree roots that make it difficult to dig
EasyFlex Aluminum Edging
EasyFlex Aluminum Edging
Dig trench; install with stakes Recycled aluminum 4" high; install flush with soil surface keep grass roots out
Stomp Edge
Stomp Edge
Surface weeds only ✔ Use rubber mallet or "stomp" on pieces to drive the beveled bottom edge into soil Recycled rubber; resembles natural stone No digging required
Rock Lock Interlocking Border System
Rock Lock Interlocking Border System, Curved
Surface weeds only ✔ Interlocking system assembles in minutes UV-stabilized polyethylene No digging required

Also available in straight sections

The edgings above accomodate curves. We also have for edging for straight runs.

Create a unified landscape by combining products from our Oxford and Nocturne families, including the edging, below.

BORDER FENCING Height Size and # of panels Distance covered Material Notes
Oxford Border Edging
Oxford Border Edging
12" high installed 3 panels, each 15" wide 45" Powder-coated steel Simple, no-tools assembly and installation
Nocturne Border Edging
Nocturne Border Edging
15" high overall* 3 panels, each 15-1/4" wide 45" Powder-coated tubular and flat-stock steel; brass-foil finish *Installed height depends on how far you push the integrated stakes into ground

Simple, no-tools assembly and installation
Decorative Garden Edging, Flower
Decorative Garden Edging, Flower
13" high installed 3 panels, each 14" wide 42" Powder-coated steel Simple, no-tools assembly and installation
Stratford Edge Irons
Stratford Edge Irons
19" high overall* 3 edge irons, each 18-1/2" wide Coverage depends on degree of overlap Powder-coated steel *Installed height depends on how far you push the integrated stakes into ground

Simple, no-tools installation
Cross-Hatch Border Fencing
Cross-Hatch Border Fencing
23-1/2" high overall* 7 panels, each 15-3/4" wide 9' Polyethylene-covered steel poles with polypropylene cross pieces *Installed height depends on how far you push the integrated stakes into ground

Simple, no-tools installation

Mulch edgings are available in a range of materials, including biodegradable natural coconut fiber and long-lasting recycled rubber.

MULCH EDGING Reduces weed infiltration? Size/# of strips/pieces Area covered Material Notes
Coco Fiber Edging
Coco Fiber Edging
Two 6-foot lengths 6" wide x 12' long Woven coconut fibers, natural latex We recommend securing with Earth Staples, sold separately
Coco Fiber Tree Rings
Coco Fiber Tree Rings
Set of two rings Choice of 24", 36", 48", or 60" diameter Woven coconut fibers, natural latex We recommend securing with Earth Staples, sold separately

Center hole may be enlarged with scissors
Tree Ring
Recycled Rubber Tree Ring.
One tree ring 24" diameter (larger size also available) Recycled rubber We recommend securing with Earth Staples, sold separately

Center hole may be enlarged with scissors

Last updated: 4/28/20


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