Edging can even be used to create a clear distinction between two softscaped areas, such as two flower beds, or between the softscape and hardscape, as is the case with where the patio meets the lawn. Edging is an excellent way to bring order to a Sunbury, OH, landscape. Despite its rather small and subtle role in the landscape, the selection of pavers for this application still requires careful consideration. Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting pavers for edging patios or softscapes:
Your home and existing hardscape
Take a look at the aesthetic you’ve already established within your hardscape. Is your material selection predominantly smooth and sophisticated, or rugged and characterful? Have you made use of curves and arches within the layout of your hardscape, or is it a rather geometric design? This should help you determine the exact aesthetic theme of your existing hardscape. Compare this theme to that of your home and ensure that they complement one another. From this point, it will be clear what type of paver you should select. The perfect paver will be one that subscribes to your established theme in shade, shape and texture. Opt for tumbled, antiqued pavers to suit a rustic aesthetic and smooth, sleek pavers to complement a contemporary theme. An ARJ Landscape Outdoor Specialist will be able to assist you in making the best choice possible for your backyard.
The immediate surroundings
Your paver edging will keep your lawn from growing into other areas of your landscape. Consider what will lie on either side on the edging. Are you lining a gravel driveway or paved patio? Has your patio been paved using concrete pavers or authentic natural stone? Are you simply looking to distinguish a bed of mulch from your sprawling lawn? Select pavers in a shade that will complement both materials surrounding the spot where the edging will be laid down.
Your desired impact
Consider the impact you would like to achieve by laying down edging. Are you simply trying to neaten your landscape? In that case, you may want to opt for an inconspicuous paver that blends into its surroundings. If, however, you would like to add a pop of color or texture to your landscape, then you should look for a paver selection that will contrast its surroundings. Rich, clay-colored pavers are excellent candidates for contrasting the vibrant greens of a lawn. Striking black pavers that mimic the smoky beauty of granite are also good at making a strong visual impact.
The planned layout
Is your edging going to curve around a natural flower bed or a patio that has an irregular edge? Or are you outlining a straight patio that doesn’t curve at all? This will determine the shape and size of your pavers. Pavers that are extremely long may have a stunning appearance lining a pin-straight patio, but may not be able to accommodate excessive curves. Curved edging will require small pavers, as these are more flexible. In creating more jointing lines, they create more opportunities for directional changes. Consider opting for jointing material in the same color as your chosen pavers so that they appear to form a completely continuous curve.