edging material

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by greenman, Oct 22, 2002.

  1. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    What do you guys use as edging when the customer wants just a simple bed like against a house that doesnt have to be raised? Black plastic edging? Green metal edging? Does anyone even use landscape timbers anymore?

    What about a bed that has to be raised because of drop off or and incline? Something cheap and simple.

    Whats the going rate for installs? $.50 per foot. $1 per foot.
  2. mowngrow

    mowngrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    i dont price it by the foot i price buy the job all things considered of course. i prefer col-met edging it lasts forever
  3. neighborguy

    neighborguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    I personally prefer the simple manual cut edge, no physical barrier other than a trench. If they have to have a physical barrier I usually use the vinyl edging.
  4. CMerLand

    CMerLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 393

    Weve used a product called permaloc around here. Its an 1/8 X4 inch aluminum edging sold in 16 ft sections with aluminum stakes that are driven down the sides of the edging. The ends interlock so you are left with a clean, continuous edge thats practically invisible, will not ever rot or rust, needs no maintenance and IF it frost heaves, you can just tap it back into place.

    Black plastic edgings suck. They frost heave out of the ground and are difficult to get back in the ground. Over time the UV rays deteriote them to the point that they explode into pieces if touched with a weedeater, and they dont look all that nice.

    Dont ever price it by the foot but by the job. Installed some along an asphalt driveway earlier this year because the mulch was washing out and had to rent a jackhammer to cut the edge of the driveway. Every job has different conditions so price accordingly.

  5. wmsland

    wmsland LawnSite Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 127

    I'm with neighborguy nothing looks better than a nice crisp hand cut edge. If you have a lot of edging to do look into something like the Brown Trenchmaster it does an excellent job one of the best investments I ever made. Pricing around .50 to .75 cents per foot depending on conditions.
  6. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    Thats just it, I dont do alot of edging. If I do I usually just dig it out with a hoe, then lay the black plastic/vinyl or metal edging by hand. I just wanted to see what everyone used mostly just for a small, simple job. I was wondering if anyone used landscape timbers anymore for edging.

    WEEDEATER LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    Is there a website that i can look at for aluminium edging or where do you guys purchase it from?
  8. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    As said above, if you want a professional looking job, then hand cut a natural edge about 4" deep...either by hand or with the Trenchmaster above..the price per foot noted above is reasonable....just my opinion but edging of any kind does not hold up well and frankly looks tacky....take a look at all the landscape magazines of the properties they show...almost always you will see a deep, crisp, natural edge....and the cost can actually be less then making the cut and then installing whatever....just my opinion
  9. Tim Canavan

    Tim Canavan LawnSite Member
    from Houston
    Messages: 218

    Plastic edging is horrible. If the customer doesn't want rock or stone, I have used the green metal edging. I am looking into something called "fiber edge" that I had seen at an expo here in Houston.
    No, I don't use landscape timbers anymore. They rot. Just 2 weeks ago I talked a lady into replacing her old rotted timbers with moss rock.
  10. devildog

    devildog LawnSite Senior Member
    from sc
    Messages: 270

    priced by the foot (and total lineal footage) and degree of difficulty. shovel & trench edging is a liablity exposure, that requires constant attention, also increases the chances of scalping. with regards... devildog

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