Unlike bricks or pavers, metal landscape edging is flexible enough to follow the curve of the beds but still create crisp edges. It also holds its shape better and resists rot, fading or chipping from lawn mowers and weed eaters. Its flexibility and strength also makes it easier to handle than most other landscape edging types.
How do you use metal garden edging?
There are several types of metal garden edging system, but most are made of either heavy-gauge aluminum or weather-resistant steel. Aluminum does not rust and, therefore, requires less maintenance, but it may not last as long as steel. Steel rusts for a modest, rustic look and can last 40 or more years. I feel they are more malleable than most competitors in the market.
Most metal edging is sold in long strips that you install along the borders of your flower beds. Some products have tabs that you push into the ground, while others require you to insert and then pound in matching metal stakes on both sides. Both are easy to work with and, if you choose to use them in your yard, will help keep weeds and turf grasses from pushing into the beds.
If you prefer a more natural looking landscape, you can use stones or even concrete as landscape edging. However, these materials are more costly than metal edging and do not provide the clean, crisp line of a border that most homeowners desire. For these reasons, many people choose to use metal edging. It is available in a variety of lengths and colors to complement any yard, but it is also durable enough to withstand the elements.