Stone landscape edging is mostly used to define paths, borders, and garden beds. It is functional in retaining gravel and soil in flower beds, and in preventing grass and weeds from overflowing and growing onto the paths it delineates. Rain water is also evacuated safely without any worries over the soil washing away with it.
Stone is usually a component of hardscape in gardens, but with its rustic allure, stone landscape edging brings an artistic touch to a garden and landscape. It creates a softer look in its separation purpose, and helps the components of the garden landscape to flow better into one another to create a gently merging picture. Stone eliminates the harsh lines of other types of edging, and can even be used as base for rock gardens and for plants to grow over and around it in a smooth drift. When stacked and piled to form walls, such stone landscape edging is useful in preventing erosion. These walls and piles can add another artistic touch to a landscape, since they are reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands with its stone walls and ruins.
Stone landscape edging is mostly used to edge trees and delineate the circular area around its perimeter. Stone rings on the outer periphery of tree barks and stumps create a natural look which ‘separates’ the tree from other parts of the garden without alienating it. In some cases, it creates a central focal point as an island in a landscape, and this can be used for additional visual impact.
Granite cobblestones are often used for stone landscape edging. This environment-friendly material adds beauty and a unique character to a landscape. Some other stones are available for this purpose, like flagstone, and some even come with a slate-textured edging.
When traditional stone is used for stone landscape edging, it is quite costly. Such edging might also need to be mortared to prevent weeds from growing into its nooks and crannies.