Plastic garden edging, while not attractive, can be relatively inexpensive and was designed to be installed with ease. Beginning at one end of your planting bed, pound a segment of it into the ground, using a rubber mallet. How high you leave the plastic edging is up to you. Ask yourself:
- "How high does the plastic garden edging have to be to contain the mulch that will fill my planting bed?"
- "Am I perhaps willing to sacrifice a bit of that height, so as not to be constantly tripping over the plastic garden edging?"
The segments of plastic garden edging have grooves, so that they interlock with each other. In comparing the product I used, QuickEdge™, with another, Emerald Edge™, I noted that the latter cost more. The reason? Well, for one thing, the segments of QuickEdge™ are shorter, meaning it does not install quite as quickly: you save money, but you lose a bit of time.
One thing I liked about the QuickEdge™, though, was the color: being black, I figured I could hide it pretty well simply by using a black mulch behind it. The Emerald Edge™, being green, would be harder to hide.
On Page 10 I show a picture of the plastic garden edging in place, after black mulch has been added....