Benefits of Metal Landscaping Edging
- Creates clean separation between garden beds, paths, and driveways, taking up little space and minimizing visual distraction.
- Prevents grass and garden materials such as gravel and mulch from entering other landscape features or beds.
- Will not rot or become brittle in harsh weather conditions.
- Resists ground movement created from extreme conditions (rain and frost)
Metal landscape edging is strong enough to withstand ground and environment movement, which is especially important for installations where clean lines are desired.
The Best Metal for Landscape Edging
The choice is typically steel and aluminum. Steel is stronger and holds its shape, despite its thin profile. Steel pushes against eroding earth and moving ground, and will not give under pressure. Steel edging is available with corrosion-resistant finishes or in its unfinished form.
Over the course of its lifetime, steel will develop a desirable patina that blends well with any garden.
The appeal of heavy-gauge aluminum is that it will not rust. Because it is softer than steel, it is also ideal for curvaceous installations, but is more susceptible to dings and dents. Aluminum lacks the strength of steel, but will not be a major issue for most flat residential applications.
Landscape Edging Costs
Metal edging is an economical option and a great alternative to bender boards or plastic edging. The value of metal landscape edging rests in its longevity. Off the shelf, metal edging generally ranges from $2.00 to $7.00 per foot depending on brand, anchoring system, and dimensions.
Styles of Metal Landscape Edging
Cast iron edging has been around for centuries and typically resembles small fencing. Edging is durable and maintenance free, although it is more expensive than standard metal edging.