Garden edging is a lovely addition to landscaping and garden spaces. It adds a finished look and defines the borders of a garden. Garden edgings also allow weed-eating and mowing without ruining garden plants.
Garden edgings differ in cost according to type, area, and cost-plus labor, and taxes.
- Stone - $12 to $18 per linear foot.
- Landscaping Timber costs - $10 to $15 per linear foot.
- Concrete and cement - $10 to $22 per square foot.
- Limestone - $2.60 to $3.60 per square foot.
- Metal - $2.60 to $3.45 per linear foot
- Plastic or poly - $.35 to $1.00 per linear foot
- Railway Sleepers (railroad ties) Use wooden timbers instead. I will explain later. Landscaping timbers cost $8.50 to $10.00 per linear foot.
- Rubber - cost as little as $1.50 per linear
- Bamboo - $6.52 per linear foot
- Brick - $6.35 to $7.50 per linear foot
- Aluminum - around $2 per linear foot
As mentioned above, these are average prices. The area you live, the cost of DIY (doing it yourself) versus Labor costs, and the cost of sales tax in your area can also affect the price.
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The Average Cost Of Stone Edgings
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While the stones themselves are not that expensive, the amount of stone needed, layering stones, or building a wall will all affect the total costs of the project. If you are paying someone, you will need to budget for labor costs based on hourly rates in your area.
According to Sol Vida Landscaping, the average cost per linear foot for stone edging is $12-$18 dollars per linear foot. This average is the cost of having someone install the stonework for you.
Doing it yourself would negate some of the labor costs. Stone edging can add value to your home, keep grass out of your landscaping, Several factors affect the price of a stone edging, those include the type of stone, if you are dry stacking, or using mortar.
Landscaping Timbers Average Cost
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Landscaping timbers are a versatile option for hardscapes and landscaping edgings. They can be stained to match any color scheme; they can be built into almost any shape. A wooden retaining wall could last up to 20 years. The downside to using wood in your landscaping is the possibility of rot, which causes weakness.
On average, the cost of landscaping timbers as an edging will range from $10 - $15 per linear foot. This average is found via improvenet.com The price will rise if you are staining and building up with the timbers.
The Average Cost of Concrete and Cement Edgings
Pouring concrete is one of the most durable forms of landscape edging. It is also the most expensive. Repairing a poured concrete edging is relatively easy.
Pre-cast concrete edging makes it easy to replace one block at a time if damaged. The average cost of concrete and cement edgings, according to Porch.com, is $10-$20 per square foot.
Limestone Landscape Edgings Average Cost
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Pavers made from limestone are softer in comparison to other stones like cement and brick. Because it is a porous it needs a sealant to protect it from stains and damage. For those wanting a European aesthetic limestone is the budget option. It is flame-resistant and is found in many ancient buildings in Europe.
The average cost of limestone pavers per square foot is $2.60-$4. This average is found on improvenet.com. Do not forget to factor in the cost of sand or gravel, concrete, and other materials.
The Average Cost of Metal Edgings
Similarly to limestone, metal edgings cost about $2.60-$3.50 per linear foot. Metal edgings lean towards a more modern, understated look. It gives clean lines, strength, and durability.
One of the downsides of metal edgings is rust. If you choose a metal without a coating it will rust. Rust can add a sense of age to your garden, but might not be good if you are aiming for gardening purity.
According to gardenista.com, the average cost of metal garden edgings is $2.50 to $6.50 per foot. The factors that affect cost are height, anchoring, brand, and coating or not.
Plastic, Poly Garden Edgings
Polyurethane or plastic garden edgings are one of the more budget-friendly options. The average cost ranges from $.35 to $1.00 per linear foot. Plastic or Poly garden edgings are the most affordable according to Outbacklandscapeinc.com.
There are some cons to using plastic for edgings. Those cons include finicky installation, plastic will lift up and let the grass grow under it, lawnmowers, and weedeaters will cut the plastic easily. To see more information on plastic edgings options visit this Amazon product page.
Railroad Ties, Railroad Sleepers
According to gardenknowhow.com railroad ties should not be used in a garden. Railway timbers are coated in over 300 chemicals known as creosote if you are using them in the soil as the timbers break down those chemicals end up in your soil. Many of the chemicals in creosote are known to be toxic. Many people resort to using pressure treated timbers from the hardware store, but again these woods are treated with harmful chemicals.
Alternatively, using landscaping pavers, or other natural options can help to keep the number of chemicals out of the food you eat.
Rubber As A Garden Edging
Rubber can be a great option for landscaping where you know there will be kids around. If a child falls the rubber won't hurt nearly as much as metal, stone, or wood. The cost of rubber edgings can be as little as $1.50 per linear foot, but thickness, stackability, and quality will change the cost per foot. Rubber is also durable, and won't fade or rust.
Bamboo Landscaping Edgings
Bamboo edgings cost around $6.52 per linear foot. This cost can change if you are having the edging shipped, or delivered. Or if you buy the supplies and make the edgings yourself. Things like height and length will also change the cost per foot.
Bamboo is a lovely and versatile gardening edge. It can be formed into many designs, and it adds a sensation of age, and calm to a garden.
Brick Garden Edgings
Similar to stone, brick garden edgings add an air of formality and estate to a landscape or garden. This Old House gives a beautiful example of how to lay a brick garden edging. Using stone dust, a segmented diamond blade on a circular saw, and a rubber mallet, to lay the bricks at just the right level and keep them from moving.
Aluminum Garden Edgings
Lastly but not least, we have aluminum garden edging. Aluminum garden edging pros is that it won't crack in harsh weather. Aluminum is easily shaped and pounded back if you are changing the shape of your landscaping.
This Dimex EasyFlex Aluminum edging is found on Amazon. It slides together easily to reach the desired length. It is non-toxic made from recycled materials in the United States.
Landscape Edging Calculators
There are several websites online that will help you calculate exactly what you need for your landscaping projects.
RANursery.com has different calculators for stone, block, flagstone, you put in the project measurements and they calculate the needs of the project. Better Home and Gardens gives some tips on doing the math for a patio or edging project. Whatever calculator you do use. Be sure to use the measure twice cut once principle.
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Best Of Luck With You Landscaping Projects
You are now armed with the knowledge you need to make the best choice for your budget and landscaping. All that's left is to order supplies and start building. When you are finished be sure to leave a comment and tell us about the adventure of creating the landscape and garden of your dreams.
Those of that have already done this type of project, leave us a comment and tell the newbies how to do it right.
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