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Landscaping Guide For Homeowners

Hello, my name is Justin Malone and on this blog you'll find a lot of useful information about landscaping. When I moved into my newly built home, I didn't even have any grass in my yard, so I had to start from scratch. Before I tackled the project of landscaping my property, I did a large amount of research first. I learned how to plant grass seed, and when the grass started to grow, I researched planting trees. As my yard started taking shape, I planted shrubs and made flower beds. My next landscape project was building a fish pond and I completed it with ease after doing the research. I'm writing this blog as a guide for others who want to do their own landscaping and I hope that it helps you learn how to create a beautiful yard.

Tips to Use the Right Edging Materials for Your Landscaping

There are a significant number of property benefits to having landscaping that is kept neat and tidy looking, which you can accomplish with the right edging materials. When you install edging, follow tried-and-true methods so your yard's edging and landscaping will look attractive, neat, and tidy with sharp edges and clean lines. The following tips will help you set up your yard's landscaping with good edging and maintenance that helps hold its appearance.

Build Strong Edges

Your yard's landscaping is likely going to include different areas where you have bedding soil, lawn, or decorative rock, as examples. Each area should be separate from the surrounding areas and will need a solid border edging to keep them separated and framed in.

When you install an edging material, make sure you take into consideration the type of landscaping you are going to install and what type of maintenance the areas will require. For example, if you install lawn on one side of the edging and bark mulch on the other, the border edging should have a high enough profile that it keeps the bark mulch in place. Then, make sure the edging allows for the mower to pass over its edges or that the edging is strong enough to withstand a yard trimmer. A stone or concrete edging will accomplish this and will also withstand the elements, weather changes, and freeze-thaw patterns of the soil in winter weather.

Use Vegetation Management

Your edging materials should create a barrier to control vegetation growth in your landscaping and also block out unwanted vegetation growth from weeds. For a lawn's edging, you should make sure the edging material is deep enough into the soil to prevent the lawn from sending roots under the edging and into the surrounding areas. This will keep the lawn growing in your lawn and not in adjacent flower beds or next to a tree's trunk. 

The landscape edging should be durable so that it holds up well next to aggressive-growth vegetation. A concrete or similar rock or brick can hold up against root intrusion from bedding flowers and plants, and weeds and vine plants that can spread easily. Weed growth can pop up around your edging materials, but you can easily control the growth with weed trimmers and chemical sprays. Concrete or rock edging is not going to degrade under any type of weed removal strategy and will still look great and attractive for many years.