How to Choose a Metal Garden Edging System

Your lawn and flowerbeds are a visual embodiment of your emotions, your personal tastes and your efforts. It’s a space that you, your friends and family and even guests enjoy and admire. It’s important to preserve this beauty by delineating your lawn and garden areas with a well-placed edging system. Discover the durability and flexibility of FormBoss®.

How long does metal garden edging last?

The best edging systems are easy to install and can stand up to the harsh elements of weather that your yard is exposed to. Unlike plastic landscape edging, metal edging does not break or crack with the impact of rains, frost and snow. It is also resistant to the damage that can be caused by garden maintenance tools such as shovels and hoes.

Metal garden edging is most often made from steel or aluminum, both of which are extremely durable. Both options have their positives and negatives but steel is going to rust over time, giving your landscaping a rustic look while aluminum will not.

Both types of edging will come with a coating, either galvanized or powder coated that is SSPC (Surface Preparation and Coatings Industry Council) compliant. This coating is specifically designed for use with landscaping and protects the edging from rust, corrosion and wear.

Both products will require the use of connector pieces to connect lengths of edging together for that seamless edge you desire. These connectors will have holes on the bottom for spikes that when hammered into the ground will keep the edging in place. If you are using a longer piece of edging, a small trench may need to be dug in order to get the edging buried deep enough to prevent grass roots from growing into your landscape and compromising the integrity of your hardscaping or soft surfacing.