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Aluminum Edging Helps Keep Landscaping in its Place

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

Have you ever wondered how country clubs, colleges, and businesses that obviously spend a lot of time and money on their landscaping keep everything looking so neat and clean? The walkways, flower and plant beds, and even the mulching around trees always looks just right. They probably are using aluminum edging to keep everything in its place.

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Aluminum Edging Is Almost Invisible

Aluminum edging is available in various colors and different styles, depending on its intended application. It can be installed several ways--some types require the use of stakes to secure it, and other aluminum edging is strong enough to be locked together without stakes.

The University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture Web site features good information on the pros and cons of various types of edging. A big benefit of aluminum edging is that it is a completely recyclable product, so you are not only helping your landscaping, you may also be helping the environment.

There are many uses for aluminum edging in your yard, including:

  • Using it between your flower gardens and the grass
  • Keeping paver-block walkways and patios in place
  • Keeping aggregate in place for play areas and walkways
  • Creating clean lines for your mulch beds around trees
  • Giving a distinct edge to your asphalt drive

Some aluminum edging applications require a heavier gauge aluminum than others. If you have ever worked around construction or commercial estimating, perhaps you're familiar with the Sweets listing of construction-grade materials. They provide names of several manufacturers of professional type aluminum edging.

Warm weather is just about here--make this the year you use aluminum edging to help your landscaping look like it belongs at a country club.

About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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