The large selection of lawn edging stones
Turf stones are available in a wide variety of designs. The following materials can be considered:
- Granite stones
- Metal profiles
- Profiles made of aluminum
- Plastic lawn edging
- Wooden palisades
- Separate lawns and beds with lawn edges
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Advantages and disadvantages of the materials for lawn edging stones
Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Stones are very durable and also look extremely decorative, as they are available in many different colors and shapes. However, paving is time-consuming and stones are not necessarily cheap. If you put paving stones instead of granite stones it will be a little cheaper.
Profiles made of metal or aluminum are also weatherproof. However, they do not fit every garden style. But they can be laid quite easily. Aluminum profiles are cheaper than metal profiles, but they don't last as long.
Plastic turf stones are cheap to buy but not always frost-resistant. They tend to tear. Wooden palisades are very decorative in natural gardens. The wood must be pressure-impregnated, otherwise it will rot. Wood quickly becomes unsightly if it is not cared for.
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If you are not sure whether you should set simple paving stones or better use high-quality granite, let us advise you.
In local gardening shops and on the Internet you will find many examples that can serve as inspiration for edging your own lawn.
Planning and preparation of the lawn edge
If you want to pave the edge of a lawn, you should first draw a plan of how the edge will later go. You can draw them dead straight or build in playful waves and curves.
Mark the course of the planned lawn edge. If you want to draw a straight edge, work with a string. For curves, cut a template out of cardboard so that they are nice and even.
Then measure how many meters the lawn edge will be. Work out how many paving stones or other lawn edging stones you will need.
Put lawn edging stones in sand or in concrete
If you want to use granite or paving stones as the lawn edge, you have two options. Either provide a foundation made of gravel and sand or a base made of concrete. A special substrate can only be dispensed with on very dense soils.
For flat lawns that come up against beds or sidewalks, a base made of sand or gravel is sufficient. If you want to separate the lawn from the garage entrance by the lawn edge or if the lawn is on a sloping surface, it is better to set the paving stones or granite blocks in concrete. The lawn edge then also serves as a fastening and secures the area against slipping.
Instructions on how to correctly set the lawn edge
If you want to make the lawn edge yourself, dig a small trench along the desired edge. It should be deep enough that you can put in a foundation and the paving stones or granite stones stick out two to three centimeters above the ground.
Fill the subsoil with a layer of gravel or sand and pound the foundation well. Then the stones are inserted and hammered in with a rubber mallet or a special plaster hammer.
Then fill up the earth on both sides of the stones again and pound them well. If the lawn edges run horizontally, use the spirit level to check whether the edge is precisely aligned. Then do the wobble test. If the lawn edge is stuck, you've done everything right.
Have lawn edging stones set in concrete
Paving lawn edging stones in concrete is a time-consuming job that requires a lot of know-how. If you are not familiar with it, you should not do this yourself, but have it done by a gardening company.
This will save you a lot of trouble later, because the lawn edge will then sit correctly and you will not have to constantly improve it because the stones slip or sink into the ground.
Lawn edges made of metal, aluminum, plastic or wood
You can easily set lawn edging made from these materials yourself. All you have to do is dig slits or small trenches along the lawn and insert the profiles or wooden palisades into the ground.
The lawn edges can be brought into the ground at ground level or raised two to three centimeters as desired. Laying at ground level makes it easier to mow the lawn edge later.
For higher edges, you have to trim the lawn edges with a lawn trimmer (€ 33.48 on Amazon *) or secateurs.
Tips & Tricks
When laying lawn edging stones, you should create at least two rows in which the stones, profiles or wooden palisades are staggered. This will prevent the grass roots from slipping through the gaps in the lawn edge.