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Installing miles of steel edging

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Nvtreesnick, May 17, 2019.

  1. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,597

    Yes it does. Otherwise it's a trimming\mowing\tripping hazard. And frost heaving will make it even worse over time.
     
  2. Mudly

    Mudly LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hes from Alabama
     
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  3. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    usually when you spike it down the edging goes into the ground a bit anyways.

    i wouldn't want to do 3 miles of metal edging. it would be almost impossible to keep it perfectly straight for 3 miles. :laugh:
     
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    usually you leave the metal edging up to hold the mulch into a flower bed and keep the grass from growing into it. that's it's purpose. we don't put it flush with the ground.

    i know in some areas they dig the dirt down around flower beds so maybe that's what you are used to? we don't do that around here.

    we do it like this:

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    we don't do it like this:

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  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,597

    That is not the way it is done in Michigan. Or the Midwest. I don't recall seeing it in the Northeast or California either.

    The only thing those pictures scream to me is an amateur\homeowner installation.
     
  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    it's just different areas of the country. we don't have to worry about the ground freezing too much down here in the southeast.

    over the years with the heavy rains we get the metal edging kind of sinks down into the ground on it's own anyways. eventually only half of it is sticking up above the yard level and sometimes it can go all the way down level with the yard over time...which sucks because then the grass just grows right over it into the flower beds.

    most grasses down here spread by stolons and runners as well as rhizomes under the ground. it will even grow over driveways. if not edged they can grow 6" over the driveway in 2 weeks. the same thing would happen in flower beds. the metal edging is left up high so you can just trim around it and it helps prevent the grass from growing over it into the flower beds. sometimes it can still grow up under the edging into the flower beds though even if it is halfway into the ground. if let go too long it will grow over the top of it too even though it's sticking up 4" or so above the level of the yard.
     
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  7. Mudly

    Mudly LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 784

    If it sinks it wasnt put in correctly.
     
  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,396

    sandy soil here so it will sink some no matter what you do. :laugh:

    it really depends on the yard and how soft or hard the dirt is.
     
  9. m_ice

    m_ice LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Messages: 238

    If your claiming that it should be raised then why is the 4th pic with the rock sunk flush or close to flush with each other?
     
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  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,597

    Do rocks sink into the sand?
     

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