When it comes to the garden, there are plenty of reasons why it’s worth focusing on the curb edging you choose. This is because the curb is more than a neat way to mark where your garden comes to an end; it is an essential addition that can divide areas, help the garden to flourish, and even keep you safe.
To find out more about what edging can do and how to approach edging, read on…
Why is edging important?
Curb edging is a multi-functional landscaping tool. As well as keeping your garden area in place and setting out where the patio ends and the grass begins, it can mark out different levels to your garden and provide decorative effects.
It can also restrain weeds and prevent them from growing, which can be an ideal addition if you are already trying to tackle the problem. Plus, curb edging sets out the boundary between the driveway and the surrounding area, ensuring people know where to walk in order to keep safe.
What type of stone to use
A range of materials is used for curb edging. One of the most popular is concrete, thanks to its hard-wearing properties. Concrete is also common because the curb stones come in a range of colors, textures, and effects, making it ideal for both domestic and commercial landscaping projects.
Natural stone is another option. Granite and sandstone in particular are two types of natural stone with very different properties and appearances that can add a wholesome, rustic effect to a garden.
Are different types of stone needed for different areas?
While you may opt to use the same edging throughout your garden for uniformity, there are lots of different types and styles available that are designed to complement each other. So, you may find that you need fairly chunky block paving to use as curb edging in one area and a slightly thinner version in a similar style for smaller spaces.
To work out what you’ll need, plan out how you want to landscape the space. Mark out where you think you’ll need robust edging and where one that’s decorative could be more suitable. From there, you can shop around to find out which curbstone is right for your project.
How long does adding edging take?
The process of adding curb edging to a garden, patio or driveway depends on several factors. Firstly, you need to consider how much edging you’ll need. Will you be covering a small garden and a driveway or separating out several garden areas and pathways? Plan this out first so you know exactly where everything needs to go.
Next, you’ll need to allow time to ensure there is space for the edging. Is a base needed? If so, that will take some time.
Then, you need to begin laying the stones. The timing for this will rely on how quickly you can work. You might want to take it slowly at first, especially if this is the first time you’ve taken on this type of project.
The time you put in will be worth it, though. Once complete, you will have organized areas that are beautifully bordered.