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Lawn Edging: Sharp Lines Make the Difference

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

If you're tired of spraying your flower beds and garden areas in a futile attempt to kill weeds, installing lawn edging could break the cycle. This cost-effective and easy-to-do project is even recommended by the EPA. What more can you ask for?

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What Is Lawn Edging?

Lawn edging is a barrier between your grass and bedded areas, typically made from plastic, recycled materials, treated wood, or concrete. Similar to a long strip, lawn edging accomplishes two critical duties. First, it stops weeds from encroaching flower beds, gardens, and other sensitive areas. Also, it keeps mulch and other fertilizer additives from escaping these beds onto your lawn.

According to the Environment Protection Agency, "lawn and garden edging creates a barrier between lawns and landscaped areas or garden beds…that helps keep grass and weeds out." The EPA recommends purchasing lawn edging that features at least 30% post-consumer content and 30% recovered content. Ask your manufacturer for product specifications.

Installing Lawn Edging

The amount of labor and materials needed to install this product depends entirely on the type of lawn edging you purchase. Most home and garden suppliers offer an edging kit that comes with all the materials. At the very least, you'll need a shovel, hammer, and some retaining stakes. Most average-sized projects can be completed in an afternoon. Or, you can save yourself the time and effort by ordering a professional installation.

Lawn edging is a sensible method for improving the aesthetics and growth of your property. Once-and-done is much better than spending weekends fighting a losing battle.

Source

EPA


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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