The right garden edging system can be a key part of creating healthy, lush landscapes. Edging creates clear boundaries between landscape beds, grass, paths and driveways while improving drainage, which is a must for many plants. But beyond that, the edging can also add an architectural element to the yard and help you create special outdoor spaces.

Can you paint metal landscape edging?

Made from materials like steel, aluminum, galvanized steel or corten steel, metal landscape edging is durable and rust-resistant. It is lightweight and can be installed relatively quickly. Most edging is available in long strips— they’ve got rings from 500mm through to 3106mm – makes it so versatile typically eight to 16 feet—that have overlapping connections. Some styles require stakes to further stabilize the edging and prevent it from being knocked over or moved out of place.

In addition, metal edging is flexible and can be shaped on site to follow curves or fit a hilly landscape. It resists ground movement and frost heave better than wood or plastic edging, and won’t crack or chip from impact with gardening equipment like string trimmers or shovels. It also is more flexible than stone, pavers and concrete edging when it comes to reshaping flower beds to accommodate changes in the landscape.

The price of steel edging is a little more than that of plastic or bender boards, but for a longer look that can withhold the elements, it is well worth the investment. And it can be baked with a protective coat that will help prevent rusting, too. The exact cost will vary depending on material, height/depth, thickness and anchoring system, but most will fall in the same range as other types of edging.