When assembling a garden that hits all the notes, you must keep all factors in mind – even the ones that could easily be forgotten. Edging kerbs are one of the elements that is an integral part of every outstanding garden but can be easily overlooked.
Why is garden edging so important?
Edging for any landscape forms distinct areas of your garden, which promotes neatness. Furthermore, it also allows you to draw the viewer’s attention to the desired aspects of the outdoor space. Think of edging as the needed “unsung heroes”. Even if your garden is leaning towards the ‘free and wild’ look, edging is crucial for practical reasons – creating a barrier against invasion weed, as well as keeping your carefully thought out elements from getting messy. In terms of aesthetics, they also have the ability to blend in or be a part of a statement, giving you free reign to dictate and carry out whatever design your heart desires.
There are pros and cons to everything, and this applies to the material options you have to utilise for edging your garden. We, however, strongly recommend granite to be your choice of kerbing. The pros overwhelmingly outweigh the cons in comparison to other available preferences.
Natural stone will stand the tests of time and weathering, with no possibility of rotting, like wood. Gardens are predominantly outdoors, meaning you should consider all the seasons and the climates they bring with them. Granite can withstand both extreme heat and coldness. This, however, may be another case with plastic edging, as plastic can crack under certain circumstances. Natural stone is also resistant enough to withstand physical impacts, preventing chips or cracks. Because of their considerable weight, granite also holds the capability of holding up and preventing plants or dirt to spill over.
Finally, granite presents you with a myriad of options in terms of finishes, colours, shapes and practicalities. This gives you the chance to be as original and inventive as you’d like to be, and have granite be a perfect addition to both modern and more classic or rustic scenarios. Read on to familiarise yourself with the varying facets of granite that you can experiment with.
Rectifying the Ragged
If you are looking to edge your garden with uniform pieces that fit together, natural stone coming in the form of granite setts may be your best bet. Granite setts can come in cube form, which are advantageous when you are striving to make straight, immaculate borders. If precision is your main concern, do not worry, as granite can be accurately sawn on all sides, fitting with each other perfectly.
If a little bit more texture is coveted, granite setts can also come in forms that are closer to its natural state. The potential gaps that may come about with more natural forms of granite can easily be filled with granite stone dust. This product is essentially crushed granite, and acts as a jointing agent for any type of natural stone edging. Installation is also close to effortless – all you have to do is sweep the particles into the crevices, and hose down the area to activate the binding properties that will kick in with a few days of drying.
Granite from the get-go may seem like a more formal and modern option when it comes to outdoor design. This common misconception, however, is simply untrue due to the various appearances granite can come in. If you are constructing your garden to be more rustic and cosy, tumbled granite could become an integral part of your outdoor space. This kind of finish portrays a rounder shape with a slightly pitted surface, giving that natural aged and worn look – perfect for pulling together a garden with that overrun, natural ambience.
No Need to Sacrifice Shape
If you want to keep the well-thought-out shape of your flower bed or another patch in your garden you’d rather not compromise the contour of, utilising granite kerbs in radial form would be the way to go. Radius granite kerbs are perfect for forming roundabouts, or enveloping any bend, curve or arc you may wish to edge. You can even shape paths or trails that veer off and wind with these curved granite kerbs.
It is clear that granite provides a decorator with plenty of choice when making creative decisions – from colour to texture to shape. The fact that granite is natural stone also lends to how durable the material is. Keep your maintenance levels at the minimum, as durability means less needed upkeep. The non-porous nature of granite also makes cleaning surfaces effortless and feasible, as any dirt or mulch that may accumulate can washed conveniently. The fact that granite is as versatile in design as it is lasting makes it one of the most ideal choices to use for edging your garden.
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