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Mulching has become a very popular outdoor surface for both pedestrian areas and planting beds. Landscaping mulches provide natural surfaces which look great and improve the soils quality.
They can be used to provide soft playground surfaces, woodland gardens, pathways and borders. There are many different type of mulches, some being better suited for specific purposes.
Wood chippings are more commonly utilised underfoot whilst finer mulches are best for borders. The question is often asked what is the best garden and landscaping edging for mulch?
Typically, the best edging for mulch will have a broad width to prevent mulch escaping. Below I have listed the 6 best garden and landscape edgings for mulch.
Brick on edge
A brick on edge consists of a single course of brickwork laid widthways as an edging. These brick edgings are traditionally used to edge lawns, patios and flower borders.
Brick edging laid this way makes a very effective edging for mulch as it is wide and robust. Like all brickwork these will need to be laid upon compacted hardcore or concrete.
Block paving comes in a wide variety of shapes, products, colours and styles. Typically used for surfacing driveways these thick, concrete, blocks are both versatile and robust.
Block paving can visually cater for pretty much any garden style or design. From contemporary to traditional there is normally a block paving to suit.
Like bricks these should be laid on a sturdy sub-base upon a strong mortar mix. Their durability and broad width makes them an effective garden edging for mulch.
Granite setts are a favourite landscaping material which have been utilised for many centuries.
These durable cubes of granite have pleasant aesthetics and a high compressive strength. This means they can easily endure the wear and tear of public streetscapes and commercial landscaping.
These qualities also make them appropriate edgings for gardens. Setts can make an effective edging for mulch with its light tones contrasting darker, organic, materials.
If you want a thin and flexible edging for mulch then timber gravel boards could be a good choice. Generally the same colour as mulching materials gravel boards look almost invisible.
This will provide a very clean line to mulched areas. To install board edging, fix boards securely to 50mm timber pegs driven deeply into the ground.
Timber sleepers can provide another robust edging material for retaining mulches. Like gravel boards, sleeper’s share a similar colour to most landscaping mulches.
This can make them easily blend in with mulched areas such as flower beds and play areas. However, sleepers unlike gravel boards are quite bulky and inflexible.
If you wish to install curved edging with sleepers you can cut them and lay them vertically.
Flexible metal edging
Flexible metal edging is becoming a very popular way to edge gardens. This cotemporary and versatile edging is extremely durable, flexible and versatile.
If you want an edging material which is thin enough to go unnoticed this could be a great choice. This metal edging is perfect for retaining areas of bark and mulch.
We find the Core edge rust coloured metal edging looks extremely effective when providing edging to mulch.
Thank you for reading our article on what is the best edging for mulch. Below I have linked to some other edging articles you may find useful.
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