Aluminum Edging

Homeowners love the sleek look of aluminum edging. Landscapers love it because it’s durable and helps maintain the original look of the project. Aluminum edging is easy to install and can last many years without deteriorating. 

Benefits of Aluminum Edging

There are several reasons why aluminum edging is a great choice for landscaping.

  • Sharp lines. Aluminum edging keeps gravel, mulch, and other materials exactly where you want them. Create beautiful curves and sharp corners that retain their shape with aluminum edging.
  • Durability. Aluminum edging won’t get damaged by heavy rainfall or extreme heat. It can withstand regular maintenance from weed eaters without chipping or cracking. Any dents or bending are easily fixable with a small hammer or mallet.
  • Long-lasting. Other options like steel edging can rust over time. Rust is a chemical reaction that  slowly eats away at the material, causing it to rot or become brittle. Aluminum won’t rust or become discolored from water exposure or other harsh weather conditions
  • Prevent erosion. Heavy rain can wash away soil, mulch, and other materials used in your landscaping. Aluminum edging helps keep it in place. If you use aluminum edging along pathways, it prevents soil underneath pavers and stone from eroding and creating an area unsafe for foot traffic.

How to Install Aluminum Edging

Aluminum edging last years without allowing soil and mulch to wash away, but you have to take the time to install it correctly. A little prep work goes a long way for thorough installation.

Determine How Much You Need

Measure the edge all the way around the area where you want to install aluminum edging. Taking a few minutes for this step can help you get exactly as much as you need without placing additional orders or wasting money on more than you need for the project.

Dig a Trench

Aluminum edging stays firmly in place by installing it in a trench. Calculate the depth of the trench by checking the total height of the edging and then subtracting ½ an inch. The aluminum edging should only protrude half and inch from the ground, with most of it underneath the soil.

Install the Edging

Place the edging into the trench, bending it as necessary to match your design. Make sure to place it around the entire space to double-check that you have enough to complete the project.

Hammer in the Stakes

The angle you use when hammering in the stakes can help the edging stay firmly in place. Avoid hammering in each stake at the same angle. Instead, alternate the angles. For example, hammer one stake in toward the east, and the next toward the west. When you finish, you will create enough tension to keep the edging exactly where you want it.

Cover With Soil

Once you finish hammering in the stakes, fill the trench with soil, tamping it down evenly. When the area is smooth and even, you are ready to move on to the next phase of the project.

Protect Your Landscaping with Aluminum Edging

Aluminum edging is a durable material that prevents soil, mulch, and gravel from shifting away from the area due to heavy rainfall. It won’t rust or become discolored over time, making it a great choice for your landscaping projects. Place an order for aluminum edging with Portland Rock by calling (503) 656-7625.