Build 4 in. of coarse gravel in the center of a stone or flagstone wall and set plastic lawn edging over it. Pack soil in the gap behind the stone and plant grass over the grass. A stone wall makes more than just a clean border along your yard.
A curved wall of plastic lawn edging is another decorative option for a garden. Curved lawn edgings are usually made with metal or wooden slats bent to fit together. There are endless designs you can choose from for this type of yard edging, from simple straight lines to elaborate curves made of interlaced metal slats. The only drawback to curved metal lawn edging is that it does not have curves to match the natural curve of the stones.
Plastic beds are another way to dress up a plain landscape fabric or paint a fence. It is easy to install and you can use almost any pattern you like. Lay a row of landscape fabric on the ground where you want your plastic edging. Use a spade to make holes for your plastic garden edging pieces. Then, pack soil in the holes to create a bed of grass.
If your flower bed is uneven or if you need to straighten it out some, use a trench or pot just large enough to accommodate a section of the flower bed. Roll out the fabric and lay it parallel to the edge of your grass. Now, using a sharp tool, cut out sections of your fabric about a foot apart; the cut end of the piece should be about a foot away from the edge of the grass. Secure the pieces of unrolled plastic lawn edging with landscape stakes.
If you want your plastic lawn edging to go a specific distance away from the edge of the flower bed, you will want to take and install a trench. A trench is an inexpensive way to bury the trench and keep it in place. Dig a small hole about two feet deep and then fit a wide piece of metal (or wood) inside the hole. Drill a series of small holes along the edge of the grass and place the pieces of unrolled fabric in the holes. Secure the pieces with landscape stakes.
For a complete horizontal border, make a series of vertical wedge cuts around each hole. Place the pieces of fabric in the holes. You will now need to use a string to tie the border together. The easiest way to do this is with a knot. To prevent the strings from pulling out of the holes, place landscape stakes next to the string. These landscape stakes will keep the strings from coming out.
If you are looking for plastic lawn edging that is more versatile, there are several ways to accomplish a trench. One way is to dig a series of small holes near the edge and then insert landscape stakes. You can then use the same string to tie them off. If the holes are dug deeper than four inches, you may need to buy some heavy duty electricrowales to handle the soil as you dig.
Another method is to make a series of vertical trenches where you want the plastic edging to go. If you have landscape stakes, you can set the teeth of the trench into the ground. These teeth will hold the trench in place and prevent it from moving. Make sure to put landscape stakes in the bottom of the trenches so that you don't move the plastic edging in the process.
The type of plastic lawn edging varies greatly. Most people choose to use a low maintenance product that requires very little maintenance. Some landscape companies also offer plastic landscape edging in different densities to better match your lawn's needs. Plastic landscape edging is ideal if you live in an area with poor drainage. If your lawn has a lot of clay or sandy soil, this type of plastic lawn edging will be perfect.
When it comes to privacy, there are two main options. You can either install plastic lawn edging that has tiny landscape fabric panels between the string and the rocks, or you can install mesh that fits inside the string. Either option will give you the ultimate in privacy. With mesh, the landscape fabric stretches over the rocks and shrubs and then tucks under the string. With the landscape fabric covering, you won't see the strings, but you will still see the beauty of your yard. This type of plastic edge is also ideal for privacy reasons, because the fabric protects the rocks and shrubs from being viewed.
Another great thing about plastic lawn edging is that it can be installed and removed quickly and easily. When you're done, all you have to do is unscrew the edging and pull it off. You won't have to worry about removing the edging when the weather starts to act up (or the kids do). With landscape fabric, you can even remove the plastic landscape edging and replace it with a new one in the spring. There are plenty of reasons to use plastic landscape edging, but if you're looking for something that will last throughout the year, HDPE is the way to go.