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There are many reasons why you might want to use garden edging in your garden. It would be easy to just let your plants grow right up to the edges of lawns and paths however this can cause a few problems.

  • It helps keep your grass from growing into the surrounding garden beds and prevents soil and mulch from spilling over onto your lawn. This can be caused by rain or birds scratching in it. It can also prevent your plants from spreading their roots onto your lawn.

  • Garden Edging creates a barrier between your lawn mower or whipper snipper and your garden plants, providing them with more protection from accidentally getting damaged.

  • While it is most commonly used for separating garden beds from lawns, it can also be used to contain loose materials such as gravel, blue metal, crusher dust and crushed limestone within paths or walkways.

  • Apart from its practical uses garden edging provides for clean lines between different areas of the garden. It can be used to define focal points such a tree or a flower border.

There are various types of edging available, depending on your requirements & budget.


This is the simplest form of edging and consists purely of a dug-out trench.


A long lasting material that comes in a range of styles and can be laid in various ways. Better for straight lines and raised garden beds.


An affordable and flexible option that comes in many different grades. Can be used for curved areas but can be susceptible to weathering and damage.


A good choice for that organic look and for straight lines but requires treatment to protect it from the elements.


Can purchase preformed concrete or can create a custom edge but is an expensive and more permanent option.


Can be placed naturally in place or set with mortar and creates a natural appearance but the irregular shapes make it difficult for them to fit together.


Perhaps the most durable and long-lasting form of edging that can be used for both straight and curved edges. Metal garden edging comes in a range of materials such aluminium, galvanised steel and corten steel (for that rustic look).

Source of info
Better Homes & Gardens
Sustainable Gardening Australia

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