Cutting Edge

By Janine Frank


Determining what type of edging to put in your landscaping can be more than a matter of optimal function. Personal aesthetic, cost and ease of installation may also weigh into your decision. Here are five types of hardscape borders to add interest and function to the distinct sections of your yard.


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Keep an ultra-natural look with a simple cut-wood border. To achieve this effect, saw short sections of logs or thick branches and align them side by side. Or purchase these pre-made in varying lengths from a hardware or garden store. Another wooden edging option is simply boards embedded into the ground or heavy landscaping timbers.



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Concrete borders have a tidy, conforming look and can make mowing easier. The nearly indestructible custom curbs need to be poured by professionals, but individual pavestone blocks are also available for DIYers.



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Natural Boulder

Large rocks create a striking natural aesthetic. Getting these in place will take some effort, but they won’t be going anywhere once they’re settled. You can go big or small with this approach to fit your artistic vision or functional needs.



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Smaller Rock

There are endless possibilities for variety with this type of border, from pebbles to river rock or any size in between. You can also choose your favorite hue to complement existing landscaping. Make the border as wide or narrow as needed.



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For a minimalist look, metal edging is a good space-saving choice. If you choose this option, make sure to get a rounded top so pets and children don’t catch an edge. Many of these products can be pounded into place.


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