Mow Strip Thoughts

A variety of types of edging within landscapes independent turf from flowerbeds, gardens or gardens. They may contain or exclude soil, spreading groundcovers and mulch, allow foot or mower traffic and also contribute to the overall appearance of the yard. Additionally, certain types of edging can function as a mowing strip that will permit the wheels on one side of the mower to ride to the material’s surface, eliminating the need for additional trimming along the border of the lawn.

Brick or Stone

Brick, pavers and apartment, thick stones can create a pretty durable and attractive edging or mow strip. Interlocking pavers, bricks and heavy stones generally do not require mortar to stay securely in place in the event that you sufficiently prepare a trench and pack in soil firmly on both sides of this stuff. Mortared bricks and stones can prove durable, although the mortar or brick can crack and a mortared strip can hinder future landscaping strategies that involve changing the positioning of their lawn’s edge. Creeping turfgrass can soften the spaces between stones that do not fit together well, so placing the stones in brick or lining the bottom and sides of the prepared trench with landscape fabric is imperative to avoid the demand for hand cutting.


Landscape timbers, cut logs or even conventional construction timbers are rather inexpensive and can bring a natural or rustic feel to your landscape but are more challenging to use than brick or stone in which the mowing border is on a grade or must bend. If the wood isn’t treated with preservative or sealer on the sides or cut ends in contact with the soil, it can rot fairly quickly.


Concrete as a mow strip creates a tidy, long-lasting border, although this may present challenges when trying to alter the size or shape of their lawn or other landscape features. Concrete is either poured directly set up into temporary forms or in small sections at a time in moulds and then set in place. Coloring additives, stamping and other finishing techniques can alter the appearance of a concrete mow strip as desired.

Installation Factors

Establish the mow strip stuff so that its top is level and flush or only slightly above the soil surface. If it goes too far over the soil surface, the mower blade will come into contact with it, making mowing near the edging impossible and calling for supplemental hand trimming. To set up most mow strip materials, dig a trench several inches deeper and also a few inches wider than the intended strip, which should measure at least 5 to 6 inches round, then fill it up about 2 inches of packed gravel and 1 inch of packaged, level sand before placing the mow strip stuff.

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