4 Ways Concrete Edging Cuts Down On Yard Work

Posted on: 18 July 2022

Landscape edging is advantageous because it neatly defines different zones in your yard and increases overall curb appeal. But did you know that this attractive investment can do more than look great?

Concrete edging in particular can help you enjoy your weekends more because you spend less time on tiring or tedious yardwork.  Read on to learn about four ways concrete edging can help you cut down on yard work.

1. It Can Shorten Mow and Trim Time 

Some styles of concrete edging that surround or border a grassy lawn actually facilitate the mowing and trimming process. A raised concrete edge can slope down to a level equal to your sod. In contrast to raised edges that prevent your mower from reaching the grass along the very edge of the lawn, this kind of edge allows your mower to run over the concrete to clip every bit of grass in its path, thereby ensuring that no grass remains that must be trimmed later by hand.

2. Concrete Edging Helps Beds Retain Their Mulch

Mulch is essential to keep plant roots cool, retain moisture, and discourage weeds. However, mulch must be light enough to encourage air circulation and to keep roots from being compressed. Unfortunately, lighter mulches can stray from their beds and spread to other areas of your yard.

The continual transference of mulch to the lawn, driveway, garden, patio, or walkway due to wind or irrigation can be frustrating and unattractive. Concrete edging neatly contains mulch inside each bed so you don't have to work to clean up the mess.

3. It Helps Prevents Yard Erosion

You may experience problems with erosion after heavy rains if you live in a rainy climate. If you have a sloping yard, your landscape plants are at risk of damage when runoff carries away dirt after storms. You may have to replant or reshape planting beds that are affected by erosion.

Concrete edging can be designed and installed deeply enough in key points of your landscape to help your slopes retain their soil. Stable soil beds mean your plant roots stay put.

4. They Can Prevent Weeds from Spreading

Any unwanted plant is a weed, and grass that encroaches into a planting bed or other non-grassy area certainly qualifies as such. Underground roots help grass spread easily to nearby areas. Flower beds that border your lawn inevitably see unwanted grass stems that can be difficult to remove. If you favor an organic approach and shun herbicides, you may spend significant time digging up clumps of grass. Deep concrete edging can effectively contain roaming grass roots and help keep unwanted grass out of your planting beds.