Landscape beds benefit from some sort of landscape edging, whether the edge is cut into the soil with a sharp spade or it's more of a permanent landscape edging material made from plastic, metal or masonry products. In addition to creating a well-defined border on a flower bed, edging also helps prevent the spread of stoloniferous grasses into the landscape bed area.

Edges cut mechanically or with a spade need to be re-cut at least once a year, while impervious edging tends to be a more permanent solution provided expanding shrub growth has been taken into consideration. While impervious edgings will cost more at the outset, some savings will be realized over time since beds won't have to be re-edged every year.


Posted below are some photos of various types of landscape edging installed by homeowners and landscapers to give you an idea of what type of edging you might want to use on your shrub beds.

Brick Edging

Brick bed edging


Brick bed edge


Deep shrub bed edge cut by hand

Landscape edge

Precast stone edging around a birch tree

Precast edging

Natural stone edging along a mulched shrub bed

Stone edging

Cemented stone edge on left
Belgian block edge on right

Belgian block edge


Brick edge around mailbox

Brick edge

Plastic landscape edging

Plastic edging

Formed concrete landscape curbs

Concrete edging

concrete bed curbing


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Hillside Plantings

Retaining walls


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