Originally Posted by Keith
In Florida a lot of people have small lawns. A lot of them cram as many plants in as they can. Often the upper canopy of the plants is hanging over the grass. Edging with a trimmer will hit them. Also the trimmer does a pretty good job of sending mulch flying. I've got a zoysia lawn that has Netafim drip and some of it right to the edge of the bed. Edging with the trimmer is the only option here. I spend several minutes herding mulch back into the bed.
I have the same problem when power spraying turf.
It goes back to the untrained Landscape designer who doesn't know plants
. The day they install it, it looks great. 6 months later it is a jungle in progress. I am a firm believer in LESS IS MORE.
People from the West Indies seem to plant every inch of their yard. They use a lot of legal herbs for the Holistic medicine they practice. There is actually a big market for those ethnic herbs and vegetables. Ethnic food stores are crying for that kind of product.
Cement curbing has caught on big time in my area of SW Fla. for the same reasons you state. It lasts for years and has a clean look. I am in favor of nature boarders and organic mulch, but the Cement Curb and Stone Mulch is maintenance free by comparison and very popular here.