Landscape edging gives garden beds a professional look, much like how a good lawn edger adds polish to the overall appearance of your lawn. Landscape edging also keeps weeds and roots from creeping in where you don’t want them, and ensures that mulch, gravel, and soil stay intact in frost, snow, and heavy rain.
DIY landscape edging projects can be time-consuming and expensive (never mind labor-intensive), so it’s essential to nail down the right product for your needs. Whether you’re in the market for a basic and affordable option or have more to spend on decorative edging, read on for recommendations that suit every job and budget.
What to Consider
Budget aside, buying landscape edging is generally driven by material and aesthetics. It’s typically made of aluminum or powder-coated steel, hardwood, or high-density plastic—either a basic strip designed to blend into the surroundings or fashioned like wood or stone. Hardwood looks upscale, but it’s susceptible to rotting, whereas plastic and metal are more durable, made to withstand the elements. The most basic edging is partially buried in soil, but there are also styles that include spikes to drive into the ground or pieces that have metal pins attached and can simply be pushed into the soil.
How We Chose
All of the landscape edging below has average customer ratings of four stars or more. Our selection features a range of styles and materials, with options across multiple price points, from value-packed plastic edging to higher-end metal and hardwood. We also cover edging that works well for specific jobs, such as surrounding trees or abutting pavement. Keep in mind that several of our picks below are sold singly or in packs, and some come in different colors or finishes.
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EasyFlex Dimex Landscape Edging Kit
For quality and overall value, it’s tough to beat this commercial-grade, no-dig option. Constructed of flexible, water-resistant, heavy-duty plastic, the versatile edging can be used for everything from raised beds to vegetable gardens, plus it cuts easily with shears to customize its length. The kit comes with five connectors and forty 8-inch nylon spiral spikes for installation. The edging is also available in standard and tall heights, plus shorter lengths of 20, 40, and 90 feet.
The Value Pick
Amazon Basics Landscape Edging Kit
If you want affordable edging that’ll get the job done—especially if you have a lot of ground to cover and need to keep cost down—this is a solid choice. Made of high-density black polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, Amazon Basic’s landscape flexible edging is designed for straight and curved placement.
The 40-foot piece of edging is five inches high and one inch thick, priced at a reasonable $47 at the time of this writing.
The Premium Pick
EverEdge Steel Landscape Edging (5-Pack)
$114.95 (13% off)
This premium landscape edging may be on the pricey side, but it’s built to impress, made of galvanized steel with an all-weather powder-coating. It can withstand accidental lawnmower bumps and knocks from weed whackers plus it’s surprisingly flexible considering its durable construction.
The edging gets high marks from customers, with an average 4.6 stars, for its high quality and easy installation. The edging comes in slate gray and brown, in addition to the black that’s shown, and in multiple heights. Each pack comes with five pieces that are 39 inches long and 1.6mm thick.
Garden Elements Landscape Edging
For stone landscape edging minus grueling labor and a ton of time, this option is an excellent choice. Several reviewers say that it looks like the real deal, and is easy to work with and handles curves well. After setting the pieces in place, simply pound the included stakes into the ground with a rubber mallet, and hide the tops with caps that match the stone pattern.
The pieces are each four feet long, sold singly and in a four-pack. Choose from sandstone, cobblestone, or the handsome greystone that’s shown.
Greenes Fence 18 in. Half Log Edging (12 Pack)
Although it’s harder to maintain than plastic or steel, hardwood landscape edging always looks upscale and elegant—plus it’s eco-friendly.
This eye-catching option has a half-log design, with staggered heights of five and seven inches. It features a flexible backing to install in straight rows or around curved beds, plus there are pins at the bottom to drive deep into the ground. Each piece is 18 inches long and they’re sold in packs of six, 12, and 24.
Master Mark Plastics Landscape Edging
This faux-wood option is made by Master Mark, a trusted name in landscape edging and supplies. It has the appearance of textured wood grain, made of water-resistant, 100 percent post-consumer recycled HDPE plastic. The sturdy, flexible 40-foot-long coil is 3 inches high, priced at a mere $25 at the time of this writing. Overall, it’s a smart choice for a professional look that works for a range of projects and won’t break the bank.
Grass Barrier Landscape Edging
For something that’ll keep grass roots from creeping into beds, this extra-deep edging from Grass Barrier is your best bet. It’s 10 inches high—designed so 6 inches can be buried below ground—and made of 100 percent recycled HDPE plastic. The 12-gauge edging is strong enough to hold up to bumps from lawn equipment and comes in lengths ranging from 20 to 300 feet long.
Pro tip: Set the edging out in the sun for better flexibility prior to installation.
Best for Trees
WaterRounds Landscape Edging
There’s no need to fuss with coils or strips if you need to install landscape edging around a tree or rosebush. This option, which opens with a latch, is specifically designed for that very purpose. It allows roots to grow deep and prevents runoff, plus it keeps weeds out and and prevents soil erosion.
The 24-inch-wide piece is made of 100 percent recycled polypropylene and features sharp grooves on the bottom to keep it firmly in the soil, and it’s said to hold roughly 5 gallons of water. There are six to a pack.
Best Paver Edging
Dimex Aluminum Landscape Edging Kit
Landscape edging that abuts pavement needs to be extra heavy-duty. Aluminum is the way to go for its durability, as it’s rust- and corrosion-resistant. This kit from Dimex comes with eight 6-foot pieces that are 1.6 inches tall and can be cut with a handsaw to customize length, plus there are 24 10-inch anchoring spikes included. Customers give the landscape edging rave reviews, with an average 4.7 stars from more than 180 buyers.
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