what to use BESIDES black plastic edging?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by The Curious Porpoise, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. The Curious Porpoise

    The Curious Porpoise LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    i just did my first job using that cheap black plastic edging and as i suspected, it is a horrible product and ends up looking totally unprofessional. My policy is to never use that stuff again. when my customers ask for alternatives-what do i tell them? i know one alternative is to go w/ no edging material-just use a bed edger to give the turf a clean cut around a mulched bed, but what about the customer who wants something tangible to create a definitive border between the turf and the bed? What edging borders do you offer? what are the pros and cons of each different material?

    thanks in advance
  2. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    If the customer needs an edging I use the one posted here. That black plastic edging is the worst. Every new customer I pick up that has the black edging I talk them into removing it. I give all my beds the clean cut edge(bededger).
    I've used this block at a few jobs and it looks decent.

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  3. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    I'm with you Porp, a nicely cut edge is the best. I'd rather see plastic than those blocks, but would not use either. If an edge material is a must, metal is clean and effective. Neither plastic or block is in any demand in my area, so the issue does not come up.
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    I have used the bed edger to keep a clean edge, but I also have used the steel edging that come in 8 and 16' lengths. They sell it at HD around here, but I can also get it from Shemins or just about any re-wholesaler
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Like MarcSmith said, the steel edging is the best.
  6. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,578

    We give them 4 options ... shovel cut edge, professional grade poly, metal, or paver. The paver is by far the most popular.

    That block shown in the pic would be a nightmare IMO.
  7. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Either steel or Aluminum is the only edging I'll install if they don't want a natural cut edge. I agree with Kris, that block would be a nightmare.
  8. chriscraft

    chriscraft LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    We are going almost all natural with a bed edger this year. but we will do some metal also and never palstic. With all the freezes and thaws in michigan it pops up over time looking terrible and the mowers can cut it up easily if you go to close
  9. Helpless in Lombard

    Helpless in Lombard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I hate the plastic and most customers do to. But its the cheapest. Has anyone used that straight plastic edge? I think I saw it in a Menards ad.
  10. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    we use 4" x 16' lengths of either black or silver aluminum edging. Works well for flexibility, seems to stand the test of time, looks good. It is pricey but it works well for informal mulch/stone pathways.

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