If you’re reading this article, you’ve likely put time, effort, energy, and even money, into creating a lawn and landscape design you can be proud of and enjoy. For many people, an important part of a pleasing lawn and garden look is creating and maintaining a crisp, clean edge between lawn and garden or lawn and hardscape elements.
In fulfilling this goal, a lot of gardeners will look to edging products and specifically plastic landscape edging.
Yet, plastic lawn edging can mean so many different things today. There is a wide variety of plastic edging available on the market and the quality can encompass a wide range of effectiveness.
Keeping the quality disparity in mind, who makes the best plastic lawn edging? Here are 3 questions to ask…
Question #1: What Type of Plastic Is the Lawn Edging Product Made Of…
For sure… not all plastic edging is created equal. The cheapest plastic edging is often made of the cheapest plastic. You know, the kind of plastic that cracks and fades, barely withstanding casual use—much less weather and the elements over time.
On the other hand, there are some plastics —and plastic edging products — that are beautiful, strong, and durable. For example, Grass Barrier is a plastic landscape edging option made of HDPE plastic. This is high-density, recycled, plastic that is produced in a sleek black color and it comes in easy-to-use rolls or strips.
Question #2: How Easy Is the Plastic Edging to Install
One of the biggest benefits of plastic edging —most types, in fact — is that it’s easy to install. In fact, this is one of the variables that keeps the popularity of even cheap plastic edging high among DIY’ers.
However, you don’t have to sacrifice quality for installation ease. With Grass Barrier you just need to dig a shallow trench and then insert the edging into the trench, in any design. The edge slices into the ground for added stability and then you backfill the trench.
The type of plastic used for Grass Barrier can last up to one hundred years underground. If installed properly, your Grass Barrier edged lawn or garden can also stand — with just light maintenance — for many years to come.
Question #3: How Well Does Plastic Edging Work at Maintaining the Landscape Edge or Preventing Grasses and Weeds from Invading Garden Beds?
Unfortunately, the vast majority of plastic edging products leave much to be desired in these areas. First, many are more decorative than functional. For one, they might not be strong enough to hold up and remain effective when faced with the elements, force, or even routine maintenance of your lawn or garden.
Additionally, most options for plastic landscape edging either sit above ground or only enter the ground superficially, or minimally, at best. In such cases, you are still going to need to perform almost as much weeding and edging maintenance as you would if the edging were not installed at all.
Alternately, Grass Barrier is tall enough that it can be installed deep into the ground with enough remaining above ground to adeptly maintain a crisp landscape edge, as well as block weed and grass crossover. This means less work over time—especially since you can edge right up and even over Grass Barrier without damaging the product or sacrificing its effectiveness.