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The Pros and Cons of Different Garden Edging

Updated on February 28, 2012
Garden edging can be used in garden design.
Garden edging can be used in garden design. | Source

The Different Garden Edgings Available

Plastic Garden Edging:

  • Pros - They are generally inexpensive, and some can even be coiled to save space when purchasing or storing before installation. They can come in many different colors and shapes. They will not rot, and are usually very simple to install into the ground as garden edging.
  • Cons - Some cheap plastic garden edging are really ugly and may not fit into the overall theme of the garden. Stiff plastic can chip and split. If the edging is under constant sun, the plastic may fade or become weak.

Wooden Garden Edging:

  • Pros: Wooden garden edging is generally inexpensive. It can come in many different widths and styles, and even colors depending on the wood. Wood garden edging is easy to find.
  • Cons: If the wood is not treated, it will rot. It is heavy in large blocks, so transporting them may be difficult. If a nicely tailored garden is created, then the wood may not fit into the theme.

Brick Garden Edging:

  • Pros: Most bricks are inexpensive, and very easy to purchase at a home improvement store. They will not rot, and are easy to remove and reuse in other projects. Bricks come in different styles and shapes.
  • Cons: Some types are very expensive. If the bricks are not perfectly even, they can be difficult to install evenly.

Stone Garden Edging:

  • Pros: Stones used as garden edging will last a very long time, and are very durable. Stones come in many different colors and textures. Stones will not rot, and are fine to use in areas getting lots of sun, or lots of shade.
  • Cons: Stones are expensive and some are very heavy making transportation difficult. Stones are not uniform, therefore they may be more difficult to install.

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    R Shelton 7 years ago from California, USA

    Thanks Ofer! There are some really great plastic edgings out there now that are thin and portable, extremely durable, and molded in any shape you can think of. I like stone since it fits with our landscape, and you're right - wood can be beautiful but it doesn't have the lasting power as other materials. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Ofer El- Hashahar 7 years ago

    I usually prefer the plastic but heavy duty ones , they help to reduce maintenance and do not add extra material to the design.

    I can not understand why to use wooden ones- I saw too many rotten ones.

    Brick and stones I like to use where it made from same material as the path so it is connected to other elements. Otherwise it is too much of a mess to start with if you do it well with concrete.It may add lots of beauty in some places.

    very good article