Brick Landscape Edging
Pros. It is adaptable to curves or straight lines. Various colors and styles exist. Can complement any other brick work on the house or paver patios you may have. Long lasting. Creates a nice flat surface to mow over.
Cons. Creating curves and finishing the edge requires the skill and tools to cut the brick. I recommend hiring a professional landscaper.
Natural Stone/Boulder Landscape Edge
Pros. It is adaptable to curves or straight lines. Style goes well with cottage gardens, informal gardens, or naturalized gardens.
Cons. Limited color options because it is a natural product. They are heavy so transporting and installing is time consuming and difficult. There isn’t a clean edge to mow over so you have to string trim the entire edge.
Concrete Landscape Edging
Pros. Concrete edging is almost completely customizable to any shape. Long lasting and can be colored with pigments and/or have surface patterns applied.
Cons. The installation is complex so professional installation is encouraged. Concrete landscape edging is permanent so it is difficult and costly to change the shape of beds in the future.
Composite Landscape Edging
Pros. Composite landscape edging is able to curve to most angles and can be cut with a handsaw. You can find a handful of color options.
Cons. It’s hard to create straight lines. The seams are prone to separate over time. It isn’t as common so it can be hard to find if you are installing yourself.
Metal Landscape Edging
Pros. Metal landscape edging is long lasting and creates a clean edge that is not noticeable. Great for straight edges and gentle curves. Gives you a nice clean finished look. Metal landscape edging can be found in a handful of colors.
Cons. It cannot form tight curves and is harder to cut than other landscape edging options.
Pros. The material is inexpensive compared to other options. It is adaptable to all but the tightest curves.
Cons. Some people don’t like the look of plastic landscape edging. If not installed correctly it can heave or seams can separate.
Natural Cut Edge
Pros. No edging material needs to be purchased. Since there is no physical material buried so there is nothing to see. Immediately after installation the edges will look nice and clean. You can easily expand your landscape plantings as needed to accommodate shrubs getting larger or making changes in the future.
Cons. Natural cut landscape edges needs to be re trenched every other year.
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