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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.
There are three main categories of edging: landscape edging, border fencing (also called border edging), and mulch 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.
These low fences have a decorative, repeating pattern that helps unify a landscape. They're held in place with stakes or spikes.
These mats are made from natural materials or from shredded recycled rubber that resembles bark mulch.
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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 |
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.
Mulch edgings are available in a range of materials, including biodegradable natural coconut fiber and long-lasting recycled rubber.
Last updated: 4/28/20
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