Curv-Rite Aluminum Edging can be used in a variety of applications from separating lawns from bed areas or as a bed divider separating mulch from flower beds. It can also be used in conjunction with stone to be used as pathway edging or as a maintenance edging around the perimeter of a building.
Curv-Rite aluminum edging is extremely flexible enabling Landscape Architects and Landscape Designers the freedom to create any type of curvilinear design with the confidence that the lawn edging they specify will meet their demands. The easier the lawn edging is to install, typically means the better installation. The better the installation typically means that the edging will perform better over time.
At Curv-Rite we liken our aluminum edging to a beautiful frame that surrounds a famous masterpiece. The job of the frame is to give the painting a more finished look. To help the define the edges of the painting. The frame should not draw the eye away from the masterpiece but instead should compliment the work.
Quality landscape edging should meet the same criterion. It is the goal of Curv-Rite to design and manufacture quality landscape edging that will discreetly frame landscapes, are easy to install and will last a lifetime. Aluminum is the medium in which we have chosen to create these quality landscape edging. Aluminum is lightweight, will not rust and is a third of the weight of steel. The aluminum alloy we have chosen for our landscape edging is the same alloy used by the aerospace industry.
Landscape Edging Choices
When choosing landscape edging or lawn edging there are a myriad of choices. In fact, your choice for lawn edging is only limited to your imagination. I have seen everything from upside down wine bottles, to concrete headers inlaid with mosaic tiles to a metal garden edge welded out of scrap steel by the landscape contractor in his garage.
In most every instance the Landscape Contractor, Landscape Designer or homeowner all have one thing in common. They are trying to create a defined edge in their landscape. To create and define bed areas thereby giving their landscape structure and definition.
Common Lawn Edging Choices Available in the Marketplace:
Wood Edging also known as bender board:
Common in California and the Northwest part of the United States. Advantages of wood edging is that it is easy to find and purchase. Wood edging makes great straight lines at time of installation and typically wood edging is relatively inexpensive.
The downside to wood edging is that it is wood. It will rot over time. It is very difficult to do anything other than straight runs unless you are willing to invest in the labor or are willing to use a real thin laminate type of wood edging. The wood edging strips are typically joined together with nails toed into each section. This connection will fail over time and leave a rusting nail at the edge of your gardens. Not good if you have kids or pets. Typically wood exposed to nature will also warp and twist as well disrupting the straight run you were trying to achieve. Finally, cutting down a redwood tree to bury it in the ground as landscape edging doesn't seem to be a good use of our natural resources.
Plastic bender board:
Also common in the California and the Northwest. This edging was created to supplant the wood bender board for obvious reasons. Plastic does not rot like wood and does not necessitate chopping down trees to manufacture. (Thus detracting from the whole idea of landscaping to begin with.) Typically very easy to create curves and a relatively inexpensive option.
Disadvantages of plastic bender board: inadequate staking or connection system leads to poor installation and product failure over time. It is virtually impossible to maintain a quality connection between plastic strips especially if the connection happens to be in the middle of a curve. Plastic bender board edging also has extreme expansion and contraction fluctuations leading to connection joint separation which will lead to waviness and overall product failure. Finally many people find the idea of having a wide piece of plastic in the middle of their flower beds unappealing.
Black Plastic Edging:
One of the most common edging choices across the country is plastic lawn edging as it can be found at any large box store or local hardware store. The main advantage of plastic lawn edging is price and availability. There are a myriad types of plastic edging from the inexpensive pound-in type, to the coiled black rolled edging to the professionally grade plastic edging that can only be purchased by landscape professionals.
The cheap plastic bought at the box stores speak for themselves. As my father and every other father said: "you get what you pay for". The rolled plastic tends to want to roll back into its original shape during installation. In the Northern climates it quickly heaves out of the ground after the first cold freeze thaw cycle.
The downside for the heavier grade plastic options is that they typically come with a large plastic bead at the top that is aesthetically very unappealing to most people. Even quality plastic lawn edging will break down over time especially if it is exposed to heavy use, sunlight, or if the edging were to come into contact with a string trimmer on a regular basis.
Was one of the first heavy duty landscape edging options to be introduced. Thirty years ago Steel Edging was the product of choice for Landscape Architects and Landscape Contractors. The heavy duty steel edging was structural strong and if properly installed, the steel edging performed admirably.
The biggest complaint of steel lawn edging by landscape contractors is that it is very difficult to install. The heavy-duty steel is very heavy and difficult to form tight sweeping curves. The thinner steel that is more prevalent these days is too flexible and not structurally strong enough. Typically it is already rusting before it is even installed in the ground. The "finger joint" connection that employs two stakes to connect one section to the next is also prevalent to separation whenever it connected in the middle of a curve.
Rusting steel in the landscape is not a good idea if you have pets or small children running around. Steel stakes are also "barb-less", and do not permanently engage with steel edging. If you have ever seen steel edging installed then you have seen the steel stakes raised higher than the edging creating all kinds of safety issues.
Concrete borders or also known as concrete curbing is quite popular in certain pockets across the country. Concrete curbing definitely gives you a well defined edge around your landscapes. Some people love the bold look of having a wide concrete band around their flower beds.
Others think that the concrete curbing is too much. But to each is own. Another draw back to concrete edging relative to the edging mentioned above is the price. The concrete curbing is typically 8x more than wood or plastic edging. The downside of concrete curbing relative to aluminum is the look. Aluminum is much more discreet and subtle. The other downside of concrete curbing to other edging products is that concrete cannot be changed. You cannot lift it up and move it to a different shape. With aluminum and steel you have the ability to change your landscape beds down the road.
Advantages of Aluminum:
Aluminum is also one of the most highly recycled materials in the World. Aluminum can be recycled an infinite amount of times without any loss of product during the recycling process.
Aluminum is lightweight and will never rust. It is extremely flexible and can be shaped into a multitude of designs. Because of it's light weight, aluminum is easy to ship making it accessible to a wide range of customers. Aluminum can be extruded to gain structural strength within it's profile. Of all the edging materials mentioned above, aluminum has by far the highest strength to weight ratio.
Available in 5 Finishes
Available in Three Styles: 2000 Series, 3000 Series, 3500 Series