If you are the type of person who puts forth considerable effort into creating and maintaining the outward beauty or curb appeal of your home, there is little that looks as nice as a freshly manicured lawn with cleanly landscaped edges.
However, it’s not really just about “looks” when it comes to the best landscape edging products—it’s also about function.
The best landscape edging products can help you get and maintain your clean lawn and landscape edge and line only if they can truly keep grass growth in check. This includes not just deterring it, but prohibiting it, from invading the beds and gardens it’s divided from in the first place.
While there are almost an unlimited number of different landscape edging products available on the market today, most are limited in their ability to meet that demand.
The majority of lawn and landscape edging choices are primarily aesthetic—they look good but don’t necessarily do a great job at preventing such grass invasion into surrounding gardens and beds. Alternately, there are still many that do include “function” in their stated benefits, but merely perform that function to various, usually only limited, extents.
One element that often impacts, and perhaps even determines, how well a landscape edging product performs as a true grass barrier, is how well it addresses the type of grass it’s trying to guard against.
Most grasses have fairly shallow root systems. Therefore, to do a good as a grass barrier, the landscape edging doesn’t have to go that deep and consequently, be that tall. It just has to be a form of landscape edging that goes into the ground deep enough to prevent the invasion of the grass roots. As long as it does that, and doesn’t just sit on top of the earth, the desired feat will be accomplished.
On the other hand, there are a few grasses for which that won’t be enough. One of these is Bermuda grass.
According to https://american-lawns.com, “Common Bermudagrass is drought resistant, grows on many soils, and makes a good turf if fertilized and mowed right.” It’s also very tough and can withstand high traffic. These features, as well as the ease of installation of Bermuda grass, make it one of the more frequently utilized grasses in home lawns and home landscaping.
However, the same things that make Bermuda a hearty and tough grass, can make it difficult to control. It spreads through both stolons and rhizomes.
Furthermore, Bermuda grass has deeper root systems and thus, to keep it out of your beds, your landscape edging is going to need to go deeper into the ground—deep enough to block the root systems of the Bermuda grass well… and for good.
Again, first, you have to stop Bermuda’s rhizome spread underground. Then, you have to consider the horizontal stolons. This means the edging chosen should be at least 8 inches deep or tall since it must create a barrier against the roots and also rise above the ground to combat the stolons too. You’ll need to dig a trench and install the landscape edging so that it blocks both.
Next, you’ll want to supplement the work of your landscape edging with mulch in your beds or garden, if possible and desired. This means the stolons won’t be able to spread across the mulch barrier.
Grass Barrier is a landscape edging product that meets and even exceeds the demands of Bermuda grass. Made of HDPE plastic in a sleek, black, color that comes on a roll, it can keep such grass from invading the crisp edge of your landscape line and crossing into your beds or gardens.
If you have Bermuda grass, you’ll love Grass Barrier because it offers double the height of most competitive products. When installed properly, Grass Barrier can be an effective grass barrier and keep your landscape edge clean and crisp, with minimal effort, for many years to come.