Concrete Edging Can Add Color to Landscape. (Hard Goods)
Roche, Jerry, Landscape & Irrigation
An edge separates landscape design elements like mulch and grass. It can be a design element itself, or it can be invisible. It can be straight or curved. It can be made of plastic, aluminum, steel, stone, brick, wood or concrete blocks.
A material that's becoming more popular as edging is extruded concrete, crazy as it may sound at first.
"With this type of edging, the curb is custom," notes Bob Matthias, president of Concrete Edge Co., maker of the Little Bubba curb machine. "It's made of concrete mix that's as hard as a sidewalk or a driveway. It's one continuous piece of curb that's six inches wide and three to six inches high. Because of its size and height, the curb-edge holds back everything in the bed, and keeps the grass out of the bed."
Once the concrete edge is installed, it's permanent -- or as permanent as anything in any landscape can be. That can be an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time. Because it's set into the soil, chance are that there will be little plant growth from one area to the other. On the other hand, it will take considerable work to remove the edge, should the client want a re-design at any time.
No longer are concrete curbs a bland gray color.
"If it's gray, it looks like a curb," notes Matthias. "Once you get away from gray, it becomes a decorative part of the landscape.
"Our company offers colors and color stamping that makes the curb look tile or slate. We can make the edging look like someone has put bricks together. Terra cotta is a popular color, but other popular colors are red -- to match bricks -- autumn browns or 45 other colors."
Concrete blocks might be a bit more durable than extruded concrete, but you can't get the flowing, smooth curves with the blocks. Wood is popular, but in southern parts of the county, it attracts insects. …