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No matter what season it is, spending time outside can be a great escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. And what better way to enjoy the outdoors than right at home on your beautiful synthetic turf lawn. From pool time to movie nights to entertaining, an artificial turf lawn can do it all.
But that’s not the only reason why artificial turf wins the day. It stays lush, offers a year-round deep green lawn, and it looks meticulously clean and polished too — especially when paired with the right landscape edging.
If you’re not sure how to determine what border finish (also known as landscape edging) to choose or what will look best aesthetically for your outdoor lawn, we’re here to make it simple for you. In this blog, we break down six different types of landscape edging options so you can choose the right one for you.
For many, curbing is a popular choice to finish the edges of an artificial turf lawn, and while it looks great, it’s also more permanent than other options. Before you decide on curbing as your artificial turf border finish, make sure you don’t have future plans to redesign your lawn or your landscaping.
For climates that are hot and dry, this option will give you a beautiful border without sacrificing style or visual appeal. And if you’re looking for something that requires little maintenance and watering, then paving stones might be the landscape edging option for you. They’re durable and can be used to create a narrow border or even a spacious full patio at the end of your artificial turf lawn. Add some patio furniture to the mix and you have an outdoor oasis waiting for you to enjoy.
Gravel is easy to install and relatively inexpensive, making it one of the more budget-friendly options. But keep in mind that gravel is not a solid border finish, so you will have to routinely check that it stays in place. To make lawn maintenance easier and pain-free, you may want to consider adding a second type of edging between your artificial turf lawn and the gravel to help keep gravel pieces off of your grass.
Similar to gravel, wood chips and mulch are a loose type of landscape edging. Their rich brown color pairs beautifully with the deep green of artificial turf giving your lawn a nice, natural color contrast. If you want a pro tip, we recommend installing a solid form of border finish between the turf and wood chips to keep them off the grass. However, if you choose not to, make sure you’re okay with having to do some routine maintenance, as wood chips can scatter with wind and other weather conditions.
If you’re a do-it-yourself project lover, this option is for you. Bendable lawn borders are affordable and easily accessible at home building or gardening stores. They’re typically made from plastics or metals, and they will last for several years on average. So if you want to get your hands dirty, and take the reins on your artificial turf lawn project, this is a landscape edging option that you can install on your own.
Can’t decide which one to choose? You could always opt for a combination of border finish types to create your dream landscape design. Consider using gravel, wood chips, pavers and/or curbing to create a fully landscaped lawn. Motz partners with many artificial turf installation companies across the country who would be happy to provide a consultation for the best option for your yard.
When it comes to the longevity of your artificial turf lawn, a border finish is a must. And while every lawn is different, choosing a landscape edging option all depends on your vision for your landscaping. If you’re thinking about installing an artificial turf lawn, we hope this helps you find the right border finish for you.