Aluminium Edging vs. Other Garden Border Materials

Garden edging plays a pivotal role in landscaping, influencing both the garden’s aesthetics and maintenance. The choice of material can dramatically impact the durability and overall appearance of garden edges. With various options available, it’s essential to understand how each one can enhance your outdoor space.

Understanding Aluminium Garden Edging

Aluminium garden edging has become increasingly popular for its sleek appearance and long-lasting qualities. It’s lightweight yet strong, highly resistant to corrosion, and offers a modern, clean-lined look that’s hard to match. However, like any material, it has its downsides, such as a higher cost compared to some alternatives and potential for thermal expansion.

  • Aluminium Edging Vs. Wood

    Wood is a classic choice, offering a natural and rustic appeal. However, compared to aluminium, wood needs to improve in terms of durability. It’s prone to rot, split and warp, requires more maintenance, and can attract pests like termites.

    On the other hand, aluminium provides a more durable and low-maintenance solution. Products like Link Edge can be coated with a timber-look finish to mimic the appearance of timber while maintaining the resilience and durability of aluminium edging. This option offers the aesthetic benefits of wood without the associated upkeep and longevity issues.

  • Aluminium Edging Vs. Stone

    Stone edging offers a timeless and sturdy option. While it’s incredibly durable and offers a unique aesthetic, it’s less flexible in terms of design compared to aluminium. Aluminium edging is easier and less costly to install and can be more versatile in creating various shapes and designs.

  • Aluminium Edging Vs. Plastic

    Plastic edging is an affordable and flexible option, but it lacks the strength and longevity of aluminium. Plastic can crack and fade over time, while aluminium maintains its appearance and integrity, offering a more sustainable investment in the long run.

Tips for Choosing the Right Garden Border Material

Choosing the right material involves considering several factors. Think about your area’s climate, your garden style, and your budget. Aluminium is an excellent choice for those seeking a balance of durability, style, and low maintenance, especially in harsher climates.

In comparing aluminium with other garden border materials like wood, stone, and plastic, it’s clear that each has its own set of benefits and limitations. Aluminium stands out for its durability, aesthetics, and ease of maintenance, making it an ideal choice for many gardens. Link Edge aluminium edging, for instance, can have various finishes applied to enhance its durability and aesthetics. Finishing options include anodised black, powder coated in various colours, and a sublimation timber finish, offering a customized look that can closely mimic other materials such as timber. For more information and options on aluminium edging, explore Link Edge and our extensive range of aluminium garden edging.

Garden Edging

When it comes to having a nice looking garden you have to have good Garden Edging in place. Not only does neat Garden Edging help define the different areas of your garden by showing a dividing line, but it can help keep those areas separate from each other. You don’t want your lawn encroaching on your flowerbed or veggie patch and you want to keep the mulch or gravel where you put it. But what is the right Garden Edging type to use? What edging material will do all that?

Plastic Garden Edging?

Over time, plastic garden edging breaks down and will eventually need to be replaced.  Plastic garden edging may also be damaged by an errant wheelbarrow or lawn mower tracking over the top of it. You will probably get only one year, maybe two if you’re lucky, out of it before you’re replacing it.

Wood Garden Edging?

You have a few choices here like railway sleepers or pine logs. While these can be treated to survive in the elements, they will still rot, crack and splinter and eventually need to be replaced. Plus, you can’t do curves unless you purchase specially made pieces. Depending on the size of the sleepers or logs, you will need at least two people or more for installation and a trailer to transport it home.

Concrete Garden Edging?

Concrete garden edging can be more permanent than plastic or wood, but unfortunately, it can still crack and fade. Again, running over it with the lawn mower can result in either the concrete garden edging and/or your lawn mower being damaged if you’re not careful. Concrete garden edging is often bulky and always heavy, so you may need two people for installation.

Over time, pavers change colour or fade so if you need to replace one, the new one will look out of place amongst the old faded ones. Quite often, people will cement the pavers or bricks into place. This makes it challenging to replace any of them if they crack. If the cracking occurs in the cement underneath as well, then that broken section can dislodge or sink. In the long run, cement garden edging, be it straight cement, pavers or bricks, can become a problem and be really hard to replace.

Rocks as Garden Edging?

Rocks can give a nice rustic appearance to your garden but often require cementing in place so that they don’t move. Certain types of rocks can be fragile too. Slate or sandstone can easily chip, break or fall apart totally. Once again, a careless movement with the lawn mower could destroy that neat clean look you were after, not to mention the lawnmower blades or your legs if chips of stone start to fly.

Recycled Rubber Garden Edging?

While a more lasting product, recycled rubber garden edging can still break down in our harsh Australian climate and will eventually need to be replaced. Plus the crisp and clear lines will be harder to achieve as rubber isn’t known for clean straight lines that last.

Metal Garden Edging?

Metal garden edging has a nice clean look with pleasing straight lines throughout your Garden. Crisp and clear divisions between your gardens sections can be easily attained but the type of metal can cause problems once again.

Many metals like steel can rust, develop sharp edges or simply discolour over time. There are many different types of metal that can be used and aluminium is one of the best materials for garden edging as it doesn’t rust, discolour or get sharp edges. Read more on Metal Garden Edging, including information about installation and what products are available.

Aluminium Garden Edging!

Unlike all the other product types mentioned, aluminium is made to last! It doesn’t crack, fade, corrode, break down or develop sharp edges if designed right. If you run over this with the lawn mower, all you will see is sparks, not cracks, chips or damaged mower blades! Plus it can be flexible so if you want a curve or two, it can be easily achieved. Read more on Aluminium Garden Edging and the Link Edge system.

Link Edge Garden Edging

We think our Link Edge Garden Edging System is the ultimate in Garden Edging. Not only is it made from aluminium because of its longevity but it also is flexible so it can be used in every situation you could possibly want to use it in.

Link Edge is available in different lengths, heights, colours, strengths and shapes. Have an acidic soil or want to put it on a driveway or stone? Then use the heavy duty edging products, designed just for such situations.

You can bend Linkedge for curves or use a right-angled corner piece for precision corners. You can have a high profile using spike guides to help maintain rigidity or a lower profile to hide the edging if you desire. It can be used on hard or soft surfaces and even on slopes too! Just tell us what type of surface and we will advise you on the best way to secure it. The upper edge is curved so there are no sharp edges. That’s great for the safety of the kids when they are playing outside!

See the Aluminium article mentioned above for more information or go to the Products page to see what we have available. Our Ideas page has lots of pictures where you can see how others have used Link Edge. It might give you some inspiration for your own garden edging plans!

Call us now on 1800 454 657 to discuss your Garden Edging Ideas.

Aluminum Garden Edging

With the arrival of the warmer weather, many people are heading into the garden to clean up those winter weeds and do general tidy-ups. This can include replacing old edging systems or planting new garden beds that require a new aluminium garden edging to keep it all neat and orderly.

If you need to create or replace the garden edging system, then you have some options to consider. These including garden edging using plastic, wood, cement, rock or metal.

In a previous article on metal garden edging we discussed the various edging options and their advantages and disadvantages. In our experience, an Aluminum Garden Edging Strip is the best choice.

Why Aluminum Garden Edging?

The major advantages of Aluminum Garden Edging are that it doesn’t rust, crack, fade, develop sharp edges or need painting. Aluminium edging is also lightweight so easily carried to the worksite. Further aluminium is able to be more easily shaped into curves. This is why aluminium is our choice when it came to manufacturing our edging system.

The Aluminum Garden Edge System

Our Aluminum Garden Edge System, we call Link Edge, is not only made from the perfect material for the garden but is also very versatile in other ways.

Being aluminium, the Link Edge garden edging system is able to be powder coated in a variety of colours. We currently have ten different colours available.

Our garden and lawn edging can be used for long straight; curved edges. Even an S-shaped design is no problem thanks to the linking system built into Link Edge.

We even manufacture circles and squares for that perfect looking tree or shrub edge and corner connectors for when you have a right angle. All of this can be done on a flat surface or a slope, on hard or soft ground and is available in a variety of heights.

How Does Link Edge Work?

The Link Edge system uses lengths of aluminium that can be joined together with connectors to form a seamless edge around your garden or lawns. Link edge can be flexed into whatever shape you desire or left as a straight piece for that perfectly straight line. If you want a right angle, then use a corner connector and you have it. The holes in the bottom are for spikes which when hammered into place, keep your edging in place.

Heavy Duty Aluminium Edging

There is a Heavy Duty Link Edge as well. This is for high traffic areas or very hard surfaces. The heavy-duty Link Edge has more holes for additional spikes. It also has smaller holes for Ramset pins to attach the edging to concrete or other hard surfaces.

You can also add an additional spike guard to enhance upright rigidity if needed.Aluminum Garden Edging

Easy Installation Process

We provide step by step installation instructions that make it easy for you to install our Aluminum Garden Edge System, Link Edge.

Here is a quick explanation…

  1. Clear the area
  2. Position your first length, half-fix it in place
  3. Position and connect the second length and half-fix into place
  4. Repeat until all lengths are in place.If not in the correct position, remove spikes and reposition. Once you’re happy with how it looks, finish fixing in place and fill both sides with your chosen surfaces.

Have a look at our Garden Edging Ideas page to give you inspiration and see how the finished product can look.

Call us now on 1800 454 657 to discuss your Garden Edging Ideas.