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Mowing Strips Made With Precast Concrete Pavers
Picture: precast concrete pavers can be used to make mowing strips.

Picture of a precast concrete paver product, called, "Edgestone™ Lawn Edging."

David Beaulieu

There's no "rule" that says you must install lawn edging between a lawn and a garden, nor are mowing strips obligatory (see below). I've often gone without edging, myself, partly because I hate tripping over it! You have to reach your own conclusions on the necessity of this feature for your own yard.

Your decisions aren't over with when you decide in favor of lawn edging; you'll have to sift through a number of options prior to installation. Edging is not one-size-fits-all. To determine the type right for you, you'll have to take stock of your landscaping goals.

For instance, some homeowners choose to incorporate mowing strips into their edging. Mowing strips potentially reduce maintenance and are often used in conjunction with brick borders (i.e., bricks stood up on end, "shoulder to shoulder," to form a classy lawn edging). Others, for whom cost is a priority, forgo mowing strips and simply install a vertical barrier between lawn and garden, often of plastic.

Such a barrier will keep mulch from deserting your garden while preventing grass stolons from invading it. In the following tools and materials list, I assume the use of both a mowing strip and plastic lawn edging:

Lawn Edging Tools & Materials

  • Plastic lawn edging (substitute with another material, as desired)
  • Precast concrete pavers
  • Mulch
  • Landscape fabric (optional)
  • Sand
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Spade or edger
  • Spray paint
  • Hose
  • Shovel
  • Trowel and mallet

I used precast concrete pavers for my mowing strip: a product called, "Edgestone™," which boasts an interlocking end connection system. Although people often speak of "brick" pavers used for mowing strips, note that regular bricks would break down too quickly to be used in this manner. "Bricks" intended for paving are made of tougher stuff.

For plastic lawn edging, I bought a product called, "QuickEdge™."

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