How Much Does Lawn Edging Cost?
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Besides making life easier, landscaping with lawn edging helps to achieve a picture perfect lawn, defines gardens and walkways and keeping the soil in place. Edgings are also very useful in protecting yards and gardens from weeds. By forming a barrier to keep grass from growing, edging reduces the need for trimming.
Lowest Cost of Lawn Edging: $2
Highest Cost of Lawn Edging: $400
The cost of hiring a professional landscaping company may differ by geography, but an estimated cost will be between $45 and $60 to have 50 linear feet of lawn edging installed. This price may include certain materials and supplies that may be necessary for the job, such as soil, plant fertilizer and ground stakes. Removal of previous lawn edging materials should also be considered in the final cost.
Plastic lawn edging, also known as strip or poly edging, is very inexpensive and is available in many styles, colors and grades. Prices vary from $7 for a roll of low grade plastic that measures 3.5 inches by 20 feet to $70 for 24 feet of high-grade rubber material lawn edging.
Recycled plastic lawn edging material is very durable, easy to install and costs about $32 for 40 feet. Another high-quality rubber lawn edging, known as Rubberific landscape border costs $10 for an 8 foot section. Plastic lawn edging also comes in varieties that resemble stone and costs $12.98 for about 10 feet.
Concrete lawn edging that is available in one foot sections cost as little as $1.50 per piece. A more expensive option is poured concrete edging. Custom made for an eye-catching curb appeal, poured concrete is offered in many designs to choose from. The cost for this material, including labor is estimated at $6 to $10 per linear foot but may vary with styles chosen or any decorative labor involved.
Wood edging is priced at $5 to $9 per linear foot and depends on the quality. Natural wood lawn edging is available for $30 as a set totaling about 50 feet.
Composite lawn edging is durable and inexpensive at a cost of only $1 per foot.
Metal lawn edging is priced from $15 for a 14-inch piece to $100 for 16 feet and $135 for 50 feet of commercial grade. Aluminum lawn edging is also available for $47 for 24 feet.
Terracotta lawn edging costs $34 for 20 feet. An interlocking border system of imitation stone edging can be purchased for $50.
Types of Lawn Edging Material and their Uses
Though many people opt for plastic yard edging, other types include metal edging, masonry, lumber, concrete blocks and bricks. Since there are so many styles and colors of lawn edging available, it is relatively easy to incorporate the look to complement any residential home or business. Lawn edging that is made from plastic, wood, composite or metal easily bends and fits nicely into any shape around gardens and yards.
Lawn edging can be installed above ground or flush. When it is installed above the ground, edging looks decorative and is usually anchored into the ground. It also works to keep mulch, stones and other materials from littering the lawn.
Flush edging is sunk into the ground with only a small amount protruding above the surface. The purpose of this type of edging is to draw the attention to the bed or garden instead of the edging itself.
Edging that is at least four inches in depth works best to keep out shallow-rooted weeds and most lawn grasses, while 8 inches will give even better results. Edgings that are two feet deep will assist to halt deep growing roots of plants such as shrubs and hedges.
Bricks used as lawn edging material are most attractive and useful when placed horizontally or at an angle. Other materials such as paving blocks, flagstones, concrete blocks, composite and terra cotta work very nicely in enhancing perennial beds and gardens. Pleasing curves can be made using interlocking masonry edging products and are available in many styles, colors and shapes. Though more expensive, this type of edging is durable and long-lasting.
Wood edging adds to a rustic, casual landscape look. Cypress, redwood and other long-lasting types of wood are some of the best choices of wooden lawn edging. Heavily treated wood such as pressure-treated railroad ties may leach chemicals into the soil and plants and should be avoided. However, the wood should be resistant to rot.
Benefits of Various Types of Lawn Edging
Plastic lawn edging is inexpensive, extremely easy to install, is flexible, works well as a flushed edging and is widely available. Heavy duty and commercial grade plastic lawn edging can withstand the elements well and is durable. Wood lawn edging is inexpensive, comes in many styles, is easy to work with and is easy to obtain.
Stone lawn edging is suitable for many home and garden applications and is durable. Metal lawn edging is durable, readily available, bendable, is an excellent flush edging material. Masonry lawn edging is extremely durable and widely available in a huge range of sizes, colors, shapes and finishes. Lawn edging made with landscape timbers and ties is inexpensive, durable and is often treated against rot.
Drawbacks of Various Types of Lawn Edging
Inexpensive plastic lawn edging can crack over time and easily breaks due to its lightweight nature. It may need more maintenance over time. It is not as attractive as other types of lawn edging. The lesser grades of this material have a tendency to bend out of shape and pop out of the ground.
Wood lawn edging may rot if it is not resistant and tends to look worn, tired and old over time. Stone lawn edging isn’t uniform and neat looking, is harder to use than other edging and may be costly depending on what grade is used. Medal lawn edging tends to be expensive, may rust over time, isn’t as easily obtained and doesn’t have a wide range of styles. Lawn edging made with timbers and ties is difficult to use on curved edges and slopes and may be chemically treated with creosote or other chemicals, such as pentachlorophenol, which can be toxic to plants.
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Last updated on Sep 12, 2014