When we look at landscapes everywhere, various elements are delineated by landscape edging, grass areas from perennial beds, vegetable gardens from the compost pile, gravel walkways from shrub beds and many other applications. I think that the material we use is an important piece of the design.
First, before we discuss the different materials , I should say that here in Durango Colorado, our ground freezes in the winter, so we need to use an edging material that will resist frost heaving. This process will tend to push some edging material out of the ground, creating an unsightly and dangerous situation. An installer should use the pins or stake materials provided with the edging.
Lets discuss the general types and their suitability.
1) Steel, usually available in 10′ sections, green and brown, they are easy to transport and not to difficult to install. They have slots for the stakes to hold them together and to hold them in the ground. Gardenhart Landscape & Design has installed hundreds of them over the years as it was the only option.
Stakes hold pieces together and in the ground
Defines grass from plantings, application next to sidewalk, Steel edge application for sidewalk.
2) Aluminum, available in 10′ as well, not easy to find, need to purchase pins to hold it in place and only comes in silver. Can be difficult to cut and work with.
aluminum edge separates grass from plants
pins similar to steel edge
3) Plastic, comes in a roll, 10′ long ,black , comes with stakes to hold it down and dowels to join the pieces together. Inexpensive and available in big box stores. I find it difficult to work with and does NOT stay in the ground, however well installed.
plastic edging in ground
edge separates materials
4) Recycled Plastic, 20′ piece, tan in color, difficult to transport for most people, rather expensive and requires special pins to hold it in the ground. I have used it in several applications and am starting to prefer it over steel. Lots of Gardenhart’s clients like the recycled aspect of the product.
installed above grade
similar to Trex but for edging
In summary, we at Gardenhart Landscape & Design, strive to use products that represent the wishes of its clients while providing a high quality landscape design and installation. We are open to learning about new developments in our industry and providing them to our clients in the Four Corners area of Southwestern Colorado.