Lawn Care Tip: Using Edgings

Lawn care tuip: installing lawn edgings adds polish to a lawn while making it easier to maintain. Their are several varieties to choose from, all easy to install.

Lawn edgings are any materials that are used to create a border between two areas of your lawn, or the lawn and driveway, sidewalk, etc. The reason for using edgings is because it provides a finished look to your lawn, marks the different areas of your lawn, and makes it easier to keep the lawn trimmed. The two basic types of edgings are above ground edging and flush, or sunken edging.

Above ground edging is usually decorative, and can be stone, wood or masonry. It is usually used as a border between flowerbeds and the rest of the lawn. Not only does it provide a clear visible border, but also helps contain the mulch that you put around your flowers. Flush edging is usually made of rubber or metal and is pounded into the ground along a walkway or driveway to keep that area neat.

Once you have decided on the type of edging that you want to use, you are ready to install it. Begin by laying out where you want the edging to go. The easiest way to do this is to draw a line on the ground with flour or lime. You can also use a length of string or garden hose.

Once you have the ground marked the way that you want it, cut through the layer of grass and remove it. You need to end up with a trench about 4 to 6 inches deep and as wide as is necessary for the edging to fit. Fill the trench about halfway with sand to provide a cushion for the edging, and then carefully set the edging into the trench. Make sure that it is level and you are happy with how it looks, and then back fill the hole with dirt and tamp it lightly.

Once you have the edging installed, you will want to check it periodically to make certain that it is still firmly in the soil. Occasionally after it frosts, the edging may be shoved out of the ground by the freezing and subsequent thawing of the ground. This is called frost heave, and the only thing that you can do to prevent it is to sink the bottom of your edging below the frost line. This is usually not feasible, and the easiest thing to do is check the edging frequently and tamp any loose pieces back in as soon as possible.

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