Decorative faux stone edging adds an element of elegance and permanence to your yard. Longer-lasting than metal or vinyl lawn edging, decorative faux stone edging helps keep your pathways, garden beds and lawn spaces clearly delineated. Edgers also help prevent soil from spilling out of garden, and grass and weeds from growing into your flower beds.
To install decorative faux stone edging, dig a 2- to 3-inch-deep trench where you want to place the edgers, making it no wider than the width of the faux stone edgers. Use guides to make sure you stay within your design requirements. A garden hose acts as a good guide for a curved edge, while a piece of string attached to wooden stakes works for straight lines as well as more complicated designs, such as zigzags. Line the trench with landscape fabric and place crushed gravel over it, to a depth of 1 inch. Place the edgers on the gravel, using stakes to keep them in place if they were provided. The hollow backs of the edgers can be filled with either soil or mulch, or you can leave them empty.
Faux stone edgers are much lighter than real stone and because they are manufactured, it is easier to find similarly sized and colored items. With natural rocks, you may also have to pay a lot for shipping, as they are much heavier than faux stone edgers. Faux stone edgers come in a range of shapes, colors, sizes and styles, which gives you more design options.
Faux stone edgers need little care once installed. If the fronts of your edgers become splashed with mud, dirt or debris, you only need to hose them off. While they are durable, avoid hitting your faux stone edgers with the cord of a grass or weed trimmer, as this may eventually lead to damaged edgers.
Faux stone edgers are made from lightweight concrete. The concrete is shaped and colored so the final product resembles stone. Faux stone edgers will last longer than either vinyl or metal edgers, and come in small, interlocking sections, so you can arrange them in any shape. In some cases, the faux stone edging will have a molded concrete trim to recreate the appearance of mortared stone.