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Lawn edging

Hi guys,

Does anyone have any tips for lawn edging please. Having just reseeding my lawn again, I'd like to find an easy way to get a straight edge and make life easier trimming the edge.

At the moment I've got some wood that I put on the edge to help separate between the lawn and a gravel bed which currently has pots with roses in. This works to a degree but when I trim the edges, the blades go all over the gravel. I had contemplated building some decking for the full length of the gravel bed so I could maybe mount some decking lights but I'm not sure what level above or below the lawn to place it. 

I've also just seen some of the everedge stuff which seems you peg it down to a level so you can then mow over the edge, this then I assume would mean that my gravel bed would need to be lower.

Not sure what the best option would be to edge it and if there are any suggestions to keep it clean and easy to maintain.
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  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 3,054
    Anything higher than the lawn means you won't get the mower up to the edge, and anything lower the grass will grow horizontally over. Either way the edges will need trimming, but an edging of bricks or paving at or slightly below the lawn level makes it easier to pick up the trimmings.
  • stuarta99stuarta99 Posts: 100
    That's what I was thinking. If I had a raised edge then that would give me something to strim up against. But I also like the idea of a hidden edge with something like https://greenfingers.com/p50604/smartedge_flexible_lawn_edging_brown_h14cm.aspx

    If I laid a brick edging or something I'd have to decide what level to lay it at and would depend on the height I cut the lawn?
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 3,054
    I have mine a bit lower than the lowest height that I would cut the lawn, so the mower wheels/roller can be pushed over it and stay roughly level (it's a cylinder type). I clip horizontal grass blades along the edge that the mower can't get with one-handed shears or a little electric clipper, not a strimmer, so horses for courses.
    With a hidden edge the clippings from the lawn edges would still fall onto the gravel wouldn't they?
  • stuarta99stuarta99 Posts: 100
    edited June 2020
    Yeah dunno what's best to do. See all these pictures of manicured lawns and that website making it look easy. Not sure the best to go forward. Also tempted with some thicker wood which I then strim to...hmmm
  • My lawn has Everedge around it and a gravel path running alongside, which is about 20mm lower than the level of the lawn edging.  The odd tuft of grass grows over the top of the edging now and then, but I just snip it off with shears or scissors, as there is so little.  If you could remove some of the gravel from the gravel bed and re-purpose it elsewhere, a hidden edging product should solve your mowing problem.  Not cheap, but saves a lot of time and gives a neat edge and no strimming needed!
  • stuarta99stuarta99 Posts: 100
    My lawn has Everedge around it and a gravel path running alongside, which is about 20mm lower than the level of the lawn edging.  The odd tuft of grass grows over the top of the edging now and then, but I just snip it off with shears or scissors, as there is so little.  If you could remove some of the gravel from the gravel bed and re-purpose it elsewhere, a hidden edging product should solve your mowing problem.  Not cheap, but saves a lot of time and gives a neat edge and no strimming needed!
    Okay thanks, sorry which product is that? The gravel bed is almost a gravel path so sounds the same as yours
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,556
    I've had the same issue, and have considered making something like this around my trees planted in my yard.. to keep the grass out of my bark mulch.
    Utah, USA.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,556
    edited June 2020

    Sorry.. image issues.  Image from internet.
    Utah, USA.
  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 1,561
    Brick or block edge is the best but it can't be moved once cemented in. If you don't cement it, weeds will grow in the gaps. Wide wood edge would be a good alternative but then you have to have straight lines.
  • stuarta99stuarta99 Posts: 100
    edited June 2020
    Yeah I did think this and to lay it flat giving me a 100mm width to place the mower wheel on but would need to get it the right height and flat so might need to be thicker than 25mm. I'm thinking place it at the same level of the soil. Would then give me 100mm gap to the gravel on the other side and hopefully look clean.

    https://www.jacksons-fencing.co.uk/fencing/landscape-products/edging-boards

    I have some edging at the moment but I placed it the other way around so I only have about a 20mm thickness but it's rotten and didn't really do the trick.
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