Plastic edging works for a walkway made of pebbles.

Edging for Walkways

by Paul Schuster

For that manicured, orderly look that many find so attractive, landscape edging provides a long-lasting and inexpensive touch, clearly delineating the boundary between walkway, lawn and garden. You can use a variety of materials for landscape edging, and your decision will depend on your personal style, budget and your overall landscape design. Think of your landscape edging as the final touch to pulling together your landscape.

1. Minimal

Using plastic or metal edging, you can create crisp, clean cut borders between your lawn and your walkway. These are the easiest to install, especially if you're new to DIY projects. This type of landscape edging will not add additional detail to your overall design. The thin strips of this type of edging are held to the ground with nail spikes and easily follow the shape and path of the walkway edge. Plastic or metal lawn edging strips work well with walkways made of sand or small pebbles, but they are not strong enough to hold in larger stones or paving blocks.

2. Brick

Brick create a strong transition between walkways and lawns. With their sharply marked edges, brick gives a polished look to your yard. Bricks work well for classic English gardens or formal designs. When installing, put a layer of gravel underneath for the bricks to sit on, and fill the gaps between bricks with stone dust to keep them firmly in place.

3. Wood

Use pressure-treated wood or landscape timber for a natural-looking walkway edging, one that balances well with casual or country-style walkways. When putting them in, place a layer of gravel on the bottom to provide firm support, and bury the timber so it sits halfway beneath the soil. This walkway edging option works well for geometric, angular or straight walkways. The strength of the timber can withstand or hold in larger rock pieces than plastic or metal edging.

4. Stone

Long-lasting and naturally weather resistant, stone is probably the most durable pathway edging. Put large or medium-sized stones into the ground, filling in the gaps between stones with smaller, salvaged rocks. Stones prevent grass from growing up around and eventually over into the walkways, and with their irregular shapes and surfaces, add well to a rustic or natural style landscape design.

About the Author

Paul Schuster began writing in 2006 and has published in "Gardening Life" and "Canadian Gardening." Schuster is the director of the Toronto Botanical Garden, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Horticulture from the University of Guelph. He leads gardening workshops for elementary school children.

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