Lawn Edging Images And Ideas
The lawn is one of the most important elements of garden decoration. The group and solitary planting of perennial flowers and shrubs, as well as flower beds of annual flowers, look absolutely gorgeous in it. But before you start creating a lawn, you need to know how to shape a lawn, what shape to choose for your own lawn, what seeds to sow, etc.
Garden Border Shapes
There are many different lawn shapes – choose the one that you like the most and do not follow the advice of experts if you do not like it. A well-planned lawn should be not only beautiful but also easy to care of. If the lawn looks beautiful but it is very difficult to trim it, it means that it is poorly planned.
Traditionally, lawns are shaped like a square or a rectangle. But landscape architects believe that the outlines of irregular shapes are more attractive and a lawn of such a shape is easy to trim.
When choosing a shape for your lawn, keep in mind the following:
- Avoid small and complex bends or sharp corners.
- The surface does not have to be horizontal – a slight slope (about 1 cm per meter) is perfectly acceptable.
- All areas of the lawn should be illuminated by the sun for some part of the day – constant shading will inevitably cause problems.
- If there is a site with poor drainage on the lawn, make a flowerbed there with water-loving plants.
Light electric wheeled mowers or air cushion mowers work well on gentle slopes so it is possible to arrange a lawn on a slope as well. It is important to observe two rules:
- The slope should not exceed 30 degrees
- The depth of the fertile soil layer on the slope should be the same as on the entire lawn
If the slope is more than 30 degrees, plant it with cover plants or build a wall at its base, thus turning the slope into a terrace. Online, you can find many pictures of landscape edging. You can use them to get ideas on how to shape your own lawn.
Containers And Garden Furniture
Heavy pots with flowers and garden benches should not always stand on the lawn. It is difficult to trim grass around them and it is difficult to move them each time when you need to do the trimming. It is best to place these items somewhere on the other side of the garden.
On many law edging pictures, you can see that narrow stripes between flower beds and paths make it difficult to trim the grass. The width of the edges should be at least 1 m.
Some believe that flower beds do not belong on the lawn. Indeed, the flower beds visually make a small lawn look even smaller. It is also true that the flower beds with bright flowers on the green surface of the lawn may look clumsy.
However, there are people who like to have flower beds in the garden. It is up to you. However, if you want to have flower beds on your lawn, follow these rules:
- Don’t arrange more than one or two flower beds.
- The size of the flower beds should match the size of the lawn.
- It is better to have a flower bed in the corner of the lawn rather than in the middle.
- It is recommended to plant coniferous plants or some decorative shrub or tree in the flowerbed.
- When breaking up the lawn, sow its entire surface with the grass and when the grasses take root, cut out the necessary area for the flowerbed.
Often, low-growing branches of trees and shrubs hang over the surface of the lawn and each time when trimming you need to move them aside. You can either shorten the branches or move the edges of the lawn.
You should arrange a special curb of unsown grass, soil, brick or tile around the entire lawn so that the grass does not come close to fences, walls, trees, or paths. The distance between the surface of the lawn and the wall or fence should be such that the lawn mower can pass freely. The curb design means additional work but after trimming the lawn, there is no need to trim its edges with scissors. On images of garden borders, you can see that the surface of the tile or brick on the curb should be below the level of the surface of the lawn itself so that the lawn mower can be brought in and removed from the lawn without damaging the blade.
Choosing The Type Of The Lawn
One of the classic types of lawns is parterre or English. However, do not take risks, choosing this particular type because the growth will take a very long time and the result can be very distressing. It is better to leave it to specialists and let your new lawn design be conventional and universal.
First, you need to pick the right seeds. The grass mixture should be selected from at least three types of grass but preferably from 5–6. Components of the grass mixture should be chosen based on what kind of lawn you want to build (decorative, for doing sports or for playing), where it will be located (in the shaded area of your garden or in the open sunny space), and on what soil (sandy, sandy loamy, clay, turf, etc.).
Today, there is a huge selection of seeds and types of grass mixtures. Do not just focus on the price – you can buy inexpensive seeds and create a great lawn, or you can, on the contrary, sow expensive seeds and create a lawn of not the best kind. First of all, pay attention to the composition of the mixture. It’s better to get grass mixtures from cereals. The predominant culture may be ryegrass or red fescue (determined by the percentage ratio indicated on the package with seeds). The grass mixture should also contain meadow grass, fine grass, and timothy grass.
Preparing The Soil
After you have purchased the seeds, you should prepare the soil for sowing. The best lawn can be obtained on predominantly sandy soils. If you have clayey soil, it is recommended to add a layer of 5–10 cm of sand to the top layer in order to create a suitable root zone. Sand should be carefully mixed with the top layer of the soil to form a root zone to a depth of 15–20 cm. Adding sand, try not to overdo it, as this leads to subsidence of the soil.