Concrete lawn edging design options include tinting the concrete, imprinting the concrete with various designs, adding aggregates before pouring and applying a surface to the top of the concrete edge. Imprinting and veneers, such as brick, stone or ceramic tile, make it possible to create the look of real stone or to coordinate the edging with nearby paving or other landscape features. Adding small stones of the same or varying colors to concrete results in an exposed aggregate surface texture.
While gray, broom-finish concrete is standard for most sidewalks and edgings, the broom-finish is enriched with the addition of tints and dyes, which are compatible with most concrete mixes and available in a full range of color choices. When imprinting concrete edging with a brick or stone pattern, it is possible for contractors to achieve a multi-color, multi-dimensional look through the use of specialized coloring methods. Sand finish concrete is another design option. It has the feel of wet beach sand and takes color.
Landscapers also suggest widening concrete lawn edging to 12 or 14 inches to create a paved pathway, which is perfect as a walkway and for children's bikes and toys, and adding a rope lighting system to highlight the concrete board at night.