9: Landscapes - Geosciences
The 9 Best Landscape Edging Options for Your Lawn and Garden
Here's how to give your yard's beds a tidy, finishing touch.
Landscape edging gives garden beds a professional look, much like how a good lawn edger adds polish to the overall appearance of your lawn. Landscape edging also keeps weeds and roots from creeping in where you don't want them, and ensures that mulch, gravel, and soil stay intact in frost, snow, and heavy rain.
DIY landscape edging projects can be time-consuming and expensive (never mind labor-intensive), so it&rsquos essential to nail down the right product for your needs. Whether you&rsquore in the market for a basic and affordable option or have more to spend on decorative edging, read on for recommendations that suit every job and budget.
What to Consider
Budget aside, buying landscape edging is generally driven by material and aesthetics. It&rsquos typically made of aluminum or powder-coated steel, hardwood, or high-density plastic&mdasheither a basic strip designed to blend into the surroundings or fashioned like wood or stone. Hardwood looks upscale, but it's susceptible to rotting, whereas plastic and metal are more durable, made to withstand the elements. The most basic edging is partially buried in soil, but there are also styles that include spikes to drive into the ground or pieces that have metal pins attached and can simply be pushed into the soil.
How We Chose
All of the landscape edging below has average customer ratings of four stars or more. Our selection features a range of styles and materials, with options across multiple price points, from value-packed plastic edging to higher-end metal and hardwood. We also cover edging that works well for specific jobs, such as surrounding trees or abutting pavement. Keep in mind that several of our picks below are sold singly or in packs, and some come in different colors or finishes.
9 landscape photography tips to get the most out of summer
Summer is right around the corner. For many people, it's a fun and joyous time of year. For landscape photographers who live at mid to high latitudes, summer is not so much fun. Summer means very early sunrises and late sunsets. It's challenging to get up early enough to take advantage of a 4 a.m. sunrise. However, hidden among the impracticalities and frustrations are some amazing photo opportunities.
Photographer Mads Peter Iversen has published a new video offering up nine great tips to turn possible summer frustration into lovely landscape photos. Interestingly, Iversen's first tip is to not rely on the season for your photographic subject. He enjoys shooting buildings, monuments and cityscapes during the summer, in part because it's not necessarily obvious that it's summer. If you'd rather take advantage of what summer has to offer, then his second tip is likely up your alley: include flowers. Spring and summer offer a rapidly changing and beautiful assortment of flowers, and incorporating them into your landscape images is a recipe for success.
Summer is a time of bustling activity, especially in rural areas where farmers grow and then harvest crops. Iversen likes to photograph rural landscapes, which are often full of color, patterns and activity during the hot summer months.
While forests may be a popular subject in the autumn, they are also great photographic subjects during the summer. Iversen makes heavy use of backlighting and especially enjoys photographing forests when the sun is at a 30-degree angle or lower. Depending on where you live, cold nights and warm summer mornings may result in fog, adding a lot of atmosphere to forest scenes.
Iversen's video has many more great tips, including the idea of a landscape photo all-nighter. With late sunsets, beautiful nights and early sunrises, conditions sometimes work out for an overnight photography trifecta. It's an exhausting but fun way to photograph during the summer.
For more videos from Mads Peter Iversen, be sure to visit his YouTube channel. To view more of his photography, visit his website and follow Iversen on Instagram.
How to enable Galaxy Note 9 landscape home screen mode
Samsung didn’t originally allow this on the Galaxy Note 8. You could only lock the screen orientation to landscape so that it would automatically switch orientation in apps and menus that supported it. The home screen would only work in the portrait orientation. You can follow the same steps to lock screen orientation on the Galaxy Note 9 as well.
The new device doesn’t have that constraint, though. Samsung allows users to switch the home screen to landscape as well. However, this functionality is disabled by default and you have to enable it manually from the Settings app.
Step 1: Launch the Settings app and navigate to the Home screen section in the Display menu.
Step 2: Locate the Portrait mode only toggle at the bottom of the menu. It’s enabled by default.
Step 3: Tap on this toggle to disable Portrait mode only
Once disabled, the home screen will no longer be prevented from rotating to landscape orientation. Even the app drawer will then be accessible in this orientation in addition to any apps and menus that support it.
The landscape orientation actually looks quite nice on the Galaxy Note 9’s gorgeous 6.4-inch 18.5:9 aspect ratio display. Do you make use of this functionality often? Let us know by dropping a comment below. Don’t forget to go through some of our other great Galaxy Note 9 tips as well. You can also download our new magazine for 25 Galaxy Note 9 tips and tricks in a single location.