A beautiful landscape is more than just a visual embodiment of your emotions, it’s a way to enrich your senses with the aroma of flowers, the sound of birds chirping, and the touch of a butterfly fluttering by. To keep it looking its best, you need a good landscape edging system. However, choosing one can be difficult as there are many options on the market – each with different qualities and price tags.
How high should edging be?
There are several metal edgings to choose from, each of which comes with their own pros and cons. Aluminum and galvanized steel are durable landscaping edgings that will not rust or flake under the harshest of conditions. Corten steel, or weathering steel, is another metal that will not rust and will create a unique, textured look to your flower beds, the circular ones are great for bird baths and other such uses in your property.
Natural-looking stones are the most rustic edging choice but can be time consuming to install. You will need to carefully select the right stones for your project, and placing them can easily take up an entire afternoon. If you do choose to use stones, consider burying the lower half of the stone so that it looks like it’s emerging from the earth.
If you are using a more durable edging such as steel or aluminum, consider adding anchors/bracing to help further stabilize the edging in your soil conditions. These can be purchased separately and either clip onto the back of the edging or, for some styles, come with built in slots that a spike is pushed into.