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What is lawn edging? / What can I use to border a lawn?

A tidy lawn edge can make all the difference to the appearance of your garden, sometimes it’s the little details that make the biggest yet most subtle impact.

There are two schools of thought as to how best you edge your lawn these are purely personal choices and will differ garden to garden:

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Solid edging will form an effective barrier between your beds and the lawn. There are many types to choose from, a decorative stone edging can look particularly attractive, or a low brick wall can give your garden a very formal look. Generally it is best to use edging made from tough polypropylene for this purpose as it is easily removed for garden maintenance or if you wish to change your garden around. They are easily tapped into place and can be formed into curves as well as straight lines. Log rolls are also utilised, as are paving blocks, mini picket fences, in fact many items can be recycled to create an attractive lawn edge.

The other option is much simpler but requires a higher degree of maintenance. Keeping the edge of your lawn trimmed back with a good clean line between the lawn and flower bed is the classic option, and has withstood the test of time. Edging shears and pruning tools will keep the lines set with each mow of the lawn and an occasional trim up with a proper edging iron will keep the soil well defined. Other tools are available specifically for lawn edges, both manual or electrical and of course, strimmers are extremely useful for both types of edging as they can cut grass right up to a wall or some can be flipped over to trim the edge of the lawn.


Whichever you choose, making the effort to define the edge of your lawn will certainly enhance your outdoor space.

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Written by: Graham Ward

I’ve been gardening for as long as I can remember, my first earliest memory being planting Graham Ward
seeds in my Grandfather’s prestige flower bed and having a prize lettuce growing there, which he proudly left to show everyone.

Since then, gaining knowledge and experience from both my Grandfather and my Father, I’ve continued to garden, both as a hobby and later on as a professional gardener and landscaper for 12 years. I love all aspects of it, from the design and build, to the planting out of summer borders with plants you’ve either grown from seed or raised from plugs. Unusual varieties always catch my eye and I’m keen to try growing them, even if sometimes it means learning from my mistakes.