Choosing the Best Material for Edging Around Your Lawn or Garden

The right edging around your lawn or garden can create a visual definition for this area, keep the moisture contained so that your plants and lawn grow lush and green, and keep you from accidentally mowing the area of flowers or other plants. You have many choices for materials for edging around your lawn or garden; note a few of them so you can determine the best choice for your property.

Wood blocks

Wood blocks are very traditional and can add a natural look to a lawn that is otherwise surrounded by lots of concrete; you can also easily paint or stain wood blocks on your own when you want to change up the look of your property. They're also usually very affordable, so you don't need to break your budget to create a nice look for your home. However, wood does absorb moisture even when treated and sealed, so you may see that they eventually rot, warp, or get mould and mildew on the surface. They can also be host to termites, ants, and other such insects.


Rubber edging usually comes in long strips; it's several inches or centimetres tall, with a narrow bottom and rounded top. You cut the strip to size and then push the narrow bottom into the soil; the rounded top provides a nice barrier or distinction to the plants. Rubber is very durable and it can be set into the ground in a curved shape, so it can also be wrapped around the base of trees or used to create a wavy shape in front of your shrubbery or flowerbeds. It doesn't absorb moisture and is a poor host to pests and insects. It may not look very attractive, however, as it only provides a black border in front of your plants and this may look a bit industrial.

Concrete kerbing

The advantage of concrete is that it can be poured into any shape, so you can have blocks or bricks that are square or rounded or whatever fits your needs and preferences. Concrete can also be easily painted or stained just about any colour or shade, so it can look like natural stone or brick or can be painted a shade that matches your home's aluminium siding, or the flowers in your flowerbeds. Concrete is also very durable so it can withstand the accidental run-in with a lawnmower. It's also very recyclable, so you can use recycled concrete for your kerbing or know that your pieces can be recycled if you remove the kerbing in the future.