As a Southern Maryland homeowner, you want your property to look its absolute best and likely put a lot of time and energy into maintaining it. You take pride in your home’s appearance and want it to look presentable. You may decide it’s time for an exterior renovation project to boost curb appeal and give your property a new look. If you’re looking for a simpler solution, however, you might consider adding a nice touch with landscape curbing!
Curbing can be just the thing you need to improve your home’s appearance. It’s often said that it’s the little things that make the most difference. Edging is a small aspect of exterior home improvement that can greatly enhance the overall look and feel of a property. It provides a clear separation between different parts of your landscape, defines where your driveway ends and prevents vehicles from harming the grass, and prevents weeds and grass from growing near your flower beds.
Sound good to you? So, then, where do you start? Whether you’re new to the whole curbing concept or have considered adding it to your property in the past, we’ve put together a brief list of questions to ask yourself to help you get started choosing the best curbing material for your property.
What is Your Goal?
First, think about why you want to install edging. Are you looking for a simple way to improve your home’s overall appearance? Do you want to have a clear division between your greenery/plant beds and the rest of your lawn to accentuate your garden? Are you tired of seeing vehicle tread marks on your lawn and want to protect your grass? Whatever the case, your motive for installing edging will impact which material you choose. If you wish to stop weeds from reaching your flower beds, for example, concrete curbing may be a good option for you as it’s strong and durable.
What’s the Theme?
Take a step back for a minute and look at the outside of your property – everything, from the color and material of your house to the way your flower beds and/or greenery and bushes are laid out, if applicable. Once you understand the overall theme and feel of your property, it will be much easier to choose the right edging material.
What's Your Budget?
Your budget will have a large say in which material you choose. Materials like concrete will be more expensive than plastic or brick, for example. When considering the cost, however, it’s also important to think about the longevity and durability of each material as the more expensive ones tend to last much longer and require less maintenance. So also ask yourself how much effort you’re willing to put forth to preserve the material over time.
Do You Want to DIY?
If you’re a DIYer, you might find that certain edging styles take endless amounts of time to install on your own. Some curbing projects, such as concrete, are definitely better left to the pros.
What's the Local Climate Like?
Yes, the weather even has a say in this. For example, if you live in areas with ridiculous humidity levels (a.k.a. Maryland), wood edging is probably not the best choice as it’s susceptible to rot and decay. Instead, you may opt for concrete or metal edging.
The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Curbing Company
After you’ve considered all 5 questions, hopefully you’ll have a clearer picture of which curbing style is best for you and your home improvement goals. These are just overall considerations to help point you in the right direction.
You would also benefit from reaching out to your local curbing company and getting their recommendations. Many companies provide free, no-obligation estimates, so we also suggest you get several estimates to ensure you’re getting a fair price for good service.
When hiring a pro, do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions about insurance, training, safety standards, background checks, and the overall installation process of each company.
Our team would be happy to give you your free estimate today. We install custom concrete edging in Southern Maryland and would love to help you with your home improvement and landscape projects. Give us a call if you’d like more information!