Lawn plants like to overgrow the edge of the lawn. This not only looks ugly, but also makes it difficult to maintain beds or garden paths. By delimiting the lawn with lawn edging stones, you prevent the grass from spreading uncontrollably in the garden.
The large selection of lawn edging stones
Lawn stones come in a wide variety of designs. Materials to consider:
- granite stones
- Metal profiles
- Aluminum profiles
- Plastic lawn edge
- wooden palisades
Pros and Cons of Lawn Curb
Materials Each material has its pros and cons. Stones are very durable and have an extremely decorative effect as they are available in many different colors and shapes. However, the paving is complex and stones are not necessarily cheap. If you put paving stones instead of granite stones, it will be a bit cheaper.
Metal or aluminum profiles are also weather-resistant. However, they do not suit every garden style. Because of this, they can be relocated quite easily. Aluminum profiles are cheaper than metal profiles but don’t last as long.
Plastic lawn stones are cheap to buy but not always frost-resistant. They tend to tear. Wooden palisades are very decorative in natural gardens. The wood must be pressure treated, otherwise, it will rot. Wood quickly becomes unsightly if not cared for.
Advice for you
If you are not sure whether you should set simple paving stones or whether it is better to use high-quality granite rock, seek advice.
In local gardening shops and on the Internet you will find many examples that can serve as inspiration for edging your own lawn.
Planning and preparing the lawn edge
If you want to pave a lawn edge, you should first draw a plan of how the edge should run later. You can pull them straight or incorporate playful waves and curves.
Mark the course of the planned lawn edge. If a straight edge is to be drawn, work with a string. For curves, cut a template out of cardboard so that they are nice and even.
Then measure how many meters the lawn edge will be. Calculate how many paving stones or other lawn edging stones you need.
Instructions on how to set the lawn edge correctly
If you want to make the lawn edge yourself, dig a small trench along the desired edge. It should be so deep that you can put in a foundation and the cobblestones or granite stones still protrude two to three centimeters above the ground.
Fill the subsoil with a layer of gravel or sand and tap the foundation firmly. The stones are then inserted and hammered in with a rubber mallet or a special paving hammer.
Then fill up the soil on both sides of the stones and tamp them down firmly. In the case of horizontal lawn edges, use a spirit level to check whether the edge is exactly aligned. Then do the wiggle test. If the lawn edge is stuck, you have done everything right.
Have lawn edging stones set in concrete
Paving lawn edging stones in concrete is a complex job that requires a certain amount of know-how. If you are not familiar with this, you should not do this work yourself, but have it done by a gardening company.
This saves you a lot of trouble later because the lawn edge is then in the right place and you don’t have to keep touching it up because the stones slip or sink into the ground.
Lawn edges made of metal, aluminium, plastic, or wood
You can easily place lawn edges made of these materials yourself. All you have to do is dig slots or small trenches along with the lawn and drive the profiles or wooden palisades into the ground.
Depending on your preference, the lawn edges can be placed at ground level or two to three centimeters higher. Laying it at ground level makes it easier to mow the lawn edge later.
If the edges are higher, you have to trim the lawn edges with a lawn trimmer or pruning shears.
When laying lawn edging stones, you should create at least two rows in which the stones, profiles, or wooden palisades are offset. This prevents the grass roots from slipping through the gaps in the lawn edge.