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What are the Different Uses for Aluminum Edging?

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  • Last Modified Date: 19 September 2018
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Aluminum edging primarily has two uses: in the yard and in the kitchen. This type of edging may be used in landscaping as a type of underground barrier. It may also be used as a table top edging in kitchens.

Landscapers often use aluminum edging to separate grass from flower beds. The edging typically consists of thin strips of aluminum, several inches (1 inch = 2.54 cm) tall, that can be placed vertically into the dirt, almost entirely underground. The small lip of edging that remains above ground keeps mulch from spreading out into the lawn and creates an underground barrier so that grass can not spread into the flower bed area.

This technique is also used by landscapers to separate areas of grass from paths or walkways. Instead of holding in mulch from flower gardens, aluminum edging may instead hold in gravel or decorative stones that line a pathway. The edging may also be used to keep grass from spreading onto a dirt or gravel path.

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There are a number of different types of landscape edging. Wood edging, also known as bender board, can be attractive, but wood is prone to rot and insect damage and must be replaced frequently. Black plastic edging is another frequently used edging, yet much like wood, its lifespan is short since it becomes brittle when exposed to the elements over a long period of time. Other types of edging include metal edging such as aluminum and steel. Over time, steel edging may rust and deteriorate, and aluminum is generally considered the more durable option.

Installation of aluminum edging can be accomplished by a homeowner interested in do-it-yourself projects or by an experienced landscaper. Edging comes in thin strips that are about 4 inches (10.16 cm) tall. An area that is slightly less deep than the height of the edging, must be dug around the area to be edged. The edging is then inserted into the trench and secured with pins. The dirt is then replaced, and landscaping can begin.

Aluminum edging can also be found in the kitchen, as it is becoming more common to find aluminum edging on kitchen countertops. The look was popular during the 1950s and 1960s to create a new and modern look, and it is once again becoming popular for homeowners seeking a retro look for their home. Aluminum edging may be used around the outside of laminate counter tops and extended to surround kitchen cabinets as well.

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