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Walkway & Path Edging

Design tips and popular materials for edging a garden walkway

rubble strip edging
Rubble strip edging that lines this path made of flagstone creates a defined border and keeps the materials in place. Landscaping Network in Calimesa, CA.

Pathway edging serves three main purposes: creating a tidy, finished look, keeping gravel or other loose paving materials in place, and keeping plants and mulch off walkways. There are a variety of edging styles and materials to choose from. Consider how the edging will look with the walkway material as well as your home's architecture. For example, brick edging can be used to tie the walkway in with brick steps or veneer that is present on your home.

Pathway Edging Options:

  • Granite cobblestones
  • Bricks or pavers
  • Steel or aluminum
  • Wood or bamboo
  • Fieldstone
  • Concrete curbing
  • Synthetic materials

Pathway Edging Design Tips:

  1. If you prefer a borderless look, but still want the benefits of edging, use metal it is the least showy and can be hidden with mulch.

  2. Wood or landscape timbers work best for edging a straight path, since wood can be tough to bend.

  3. Granite cobblestone edging dresses up a casual gravel path, making it fit into a more formal setting.

  4. Bamboo path edging is perfect for adding a final touch to an Asian or tropical style garden.

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