It is a statement to have a nicely manicured flower garden. You will need to have a crisp clean edge to your garden. This can be had with well thought out garden edging. Your choice of garden edging also makes a statement. It makes a statement whether or not you care about the environment. It is important you think about the environment in your choices.
Many people choose options that are not friendly the environment. They go through all the effort to act like they care about plants by putting in flower gardens and then put in edging that has detrimental effects on the earth.
Being earth friendly takes effort. A gardener should research their choices to avoid doing the damage. Sometimes the easiest choices are not the best.
There are many edges that are made with plastics. When the homeowner becomes tired of the plastic fence they just dispose of them in the garbage. They end up in a landfill where they do not decompose. Plastic looks fine as a choice for edging but it is not a long term choice that is good for the environment.
Gardeners may then assume wood fences are a better choice. However, it took cutting down trees to make these edgings. The world is losing a lot of trees per year that hurts our oxygen supply. A choice that involves cutting down trees is not a good idea.
Some woods are also stained or painted. These colorings can be from chemicals that will end up in the soil over time. They can then in turn end up in underground water supplies for both animals and humans. It may take a long time for this to happen. However, it is a consequence to consider. This can be true of wood fences as well as mulch that can be used as an edging.
The best garden edges use none of these above products. The best edges are made just by using natural means. Barriers for plants can be made by creating a plant free space between the garden and the rest of the lawn. It can also be done by plants that make excellent edges. Some plants and flowers are especially good at this. They are usually low growing and do not branch out.
These types of garden edging are not bad for the environment. They may take some extra effort to maintain. Not having a bad effect on the earth is worth this effort. They can also be made to be even more gorgeous than artificial edging.