Preference for Landscape Edging

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Zak's Pro. Lawn Care, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Zak's Pro. Lawn Care

    Zak's Pro. Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    What do you think looks the best when it comes to edging landscapes around a home?
    Do you prefer a stone/rock edging, black hard plastic edging(the pre made edging that is held down with plastic spikes), brick edging, poured cement edging, edging done with pavers, edging done by a spade(clean cut, grass edge to mulch, rock, etc.), or no defined edge line at all LOL?
    Does the kind of material you are putting in the landscape change what edging you use? Such as; mulch, lava rock, river rock, ground cover, dirt, etc.?

    I am getting more interested in the landscaping aspect of this business and was curious as to what you all use and think looks the most professional! I have done new lanscape beds and used a few different edging and materials based on customer preference, but I would like to hear the best that there is out there!

  2. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Charlestown, RI
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    I like the look of the steel edge, which is generally .25 thick and 3-4 inches wide, it comes in 8 foot lengths, it is expensive, but done right it is invisible and looks like a fresh cut edge, done wrong it looks like the cheap plastic edge only thinner. A little wonder bed cutter is on my wish list.
  3. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Pour concrete? No way to labor intensive, will eventually crack, then look bad.

    Shovel leaves an edge easy to keep looking good with a trimmer.

    Materials I would use cobble stone, any type brick. They look nice easy to fit tight, and trim lawn.

    Plastic looks cheap, cracks easy, potential to get damaged by line trimmer.

    Rocks provide gaps for weeds to fill in, uneven spacing makes triming a pain.
  4. Zak's Pro. Lawn Care

    Zak's Pro. Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    i forgot about the metal edging. a customer has that and i think it looks nice and really holds her rock in the landscape beds nicely
  5. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Charlestown, RI
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    I have never installed it, but I think you need a torch to help in bend - also you have to watch the ending edge if it ends up higher than say a walkway or driveway, bring you grinder to grind off the edge - its a toe killer down right dangerous for little kids and the elderly.

    TAPPER LawnSite Member
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    Bed edger machine. I bought one and it is the best investment. 3-4" deep and can do the job 20x faster then a guy with a spade. I recommend it for anyone who does mulching.
  7. Zak's Pro. Lawn Care

    Zak's Pro. Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have used bed edgers before but I have always rented them because I could'nt justify the cost of one since I am not huge in the landscape scene yet. Would you also use a bed edger for using river rock in a landscape or just mulch?
  8. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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    It really depends on your customers budget we use retaining wall block and brick edging the most around borders and a few with plastic edging. Block or brick edging looks the best but it does cost more and is much more labor intensive if its done right. Plastic edging will look good and hold up well if its a good commercial grade edging and its much cheaper to install since it take less time and isn't expensive. Natural stone is the most expensive of all but gives the best look of all.
  9. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    Metal edging is the most durable and looks the best in my opinion. It keeps its shape and won't get beat up like the plastic. Concrete is OK if you don't have frost heave. I am in Wisconsin, we have frost heave. You are also kind of permanently attatched to the shape once you pour concrete. I have also cracked concrete by putting a Z up on it. I have used fiberglass however it can be cracked if you don't do it right and it is pricey. Its the best mid range option in my opinion for price and appearance.
  10. drenchedlawn

    drenchedlawn LawnSite Member
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    I have only used metal edging this year but like the end result quite a bit every time.

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