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Steel Landscape Edging Cost

Steel edging is the most common type of metal edging used in landscaping. Less common types are iron and aluminum. Many home and property owners select steel edging because it is usually made in the U.S., it is durable and it is cost-effective when a large quantity of edging is needed for a project.

The Costs

  • The cost per linear foot of basic steel edging is $2.57. This is for untreated steel edging.

  • The cost per linear foot of middle-quality steel edging is $3.41. This includes stainless steel edging and decorative edging.

  • The cost per linear foot of the best quality of steel edging is $4.33. This includes stainless steel edging that has been outfitted with a rolled rim or rim covers.

  • The steel stakes used to anchor strips of edging average $3.27 for each stake.

Types of Steel Edging

The quality of steel edging is related to the thickness of the steel and whether or not the top of the edging is finished with a decorative touch. The thicker the steel edging, the higher the quality and the more it will cost. Steel edging with a decorative finish will cost more than steel edging without a decorative finish. The types of steel edging available for use in landscaping include:

  • Minimized edging. This type of steel edging is simply a flexible strip of steel used to divide areas of the landscape. It has no decorative effects.

  • Decorative edging. This type of steel edging is designed with a decorative effect to the top of each piece. The decorative effects may include scallops or wavy finishes.

  • Stainless steel edging. This type of edging has been treated by the manufacturer to resist rust and other stains. It can be created with decorative effects.

How to Choose the Best Type of Steel Edging

The primary consideration when choosing the best type of steel edging for a project is how the property owner wants the finished result to look. If the area to be edged is to have a curved boundary, then a thinner type of edging will be needed in order to achieve the curves. For a straight or boxed edging effect, thicker steel can be used. Steel edging makes use of steel stakes between the pieces of edging. The strips of edging are anchored to the stakes with metal fasteners. Some property owners do not like the look of the stakes as they disrupt the even appearance of the edging. If the steel edging will be in an area that pets and children have access to, home and property owners may want to select an edging without any sharp points and corners. Steel edging is available with a rolled rim to reduce the risk of injury from sharp edges. Optional, plastic edge covers can also be installed onto steel edging to guard against injury. 

Uses for Steel Edging

Steel edging has many uses in the landscape of a home or other property. Some of the most common uses for steel edging include:

  • Marking the boundary of a driveway.

  • Marking the boundary of a walking, bicycle or hiking path.

  • Creating separate growing areas for different types of vegetables or flowering plants.

  • Creating a boundary, so that spreading plants do not cross it.

  • Demarcating different areas of a yard such as areas for playing versus areas where foot traffic should be avoided.

  • Creating a boundary around a water feature.

  • Dividing areas for use in square-foot gardening.

Benefits of Steel Edging

Home and property owners may enjoy many benefits of placing stainless steel edging throughout their landscapes. These benefits include:

  • Stainless steel edging or edging that has been painted can last indefinitely.

  • Steel is recyclable.

  • Steel is typically made in the U.S.

  • Steel adds shine and visual interest to the landscape.

  • An endless variety of shapes and curves can be achieved with the use of steel edging.

  • Steel edging weighs less than other types of edging commonly used in landscaping.

  • Steel edging is affordable.

  • Steel edging is easy to rearrange as landscaping needs change.

  • Steel edging is widely available throughout the country.

  • The edging can help contain gravel, soil or invasive plants from spreading into unwanted areas.

Considerations When Selecting Steel Edging

In environments with plentiful moisture, home and property owners should paint the steel edging or select stainless steel edging to avoid rusting. Frequent freeze and thaw cycles may cause steel edging to heave, warp or shift from the location where it was installed. In extreme climates, the stakes that connect the strips of stainless steel edging are also prone to upheaval, which may cause the edging to come apart. The stakes of the steel edging stick up higher than the top of the edging, which may cause injuries to people or pets who do not notice the hazard.

Last updated on Apr 21, 2014

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