Edging around a flower bed serves a very important purpose. It helps prevent grasses and weeds from encroaching into your flower beds, which means you spend less time stooped over pulling weeds.

1. Spool Edging

Spool edging is any type of edging strips that comes rolled up. The most basic kind is standard black rubber, but there are decorative vinyl and rubber options that are made to resemble wood pickets or even stones. A shallow trench is dug around the perimeter of the flower bed. The strips are placed in the trench so only an inch or two is above ground once the trench is filled in.

2. Concrete Curbing

A nearly permanent option is concrete curbing, so it is very likely the last edging you will install unless you change your garden design. The curbs can follow any perimeter shape, making it the ideal choice for round, oval, or wavy-edged flower beds. The curbs are custom poured to the shape of bed you desire. Concrete can be tinted in a variety of colors or embedded with decorative stone aggregate if you desire a different look. 

3. Brick Borders

Bricks are durable like concrete, but you may enjoy their appearance a bit more. Brick edging can be built-in courses that are mortared together like a low wall, or you can have the bricks installed on end to create a non-mortared edge. There are quite a few decorative options when it comes to installation styles, which an edging service or mason can provide.

4. Board Edges

The most well-known type of board edge is likely the humble railroad tie. Railroad ties are well suited for edging a flower bed because they are treated so that rot and pests won't harm them. Ties work especially well if you want to both edge and elevate the bed a little bit. Board edging can also be made from cedar or redwood that has been stained, finished, or painted to protect it against the elements.

5. Landscape Trenching

Trench edging is the simplest type of edging, although it does require ongoing maintenance. Your edging service will dig a shallow trench around each of your garden beds. Roots of weeds can't easily grow across this narrow trench, so you end up with a natural style of edging. The trenches must be cleared and maintained on an annual basis.

Contact a flower bed edging service if you are ready for neater and less weedy landscape beds.

For more information regarding flowerbed edging, reach out to a landscaper near you.