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Steel Tree Rings and steel edging - Pros and Cons

dominomandominoman Posts: 150

I am about to plant an apple tree as well as redo my lawn and borders.

In my Googling I came across steel tree rings and edging.  To me they look quite neat.


Has anyone used these?  What are the pros / cons?

I'm thinking steel rather than the cheaper plastic ones - as I can imagine the plastic would break after 2 or 3 years.






  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,617

    It looks neat now but is it rust proof, it looks as if it is joined with pop rivets so could be a bit flimsy and not last as long as a decent thick plastic one.

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,357

    Once the ring is installed there is no particular stress on it, so I think the plastic would probably last fairly well. My concern with the steel would be if you had young children who might fall, as it could make for a sharp landing.

    As for appearance, think it depends on your style of garden - mine is definitely  cottagey-rural, semi-wild, it would look completely out of place here!

  • dominomandominoman Posts: 150

    Yes - good point about children falling on it.

    Mine is fully wild at the moment!  As in overgrown and untended for the last 15 years.  I am redoing it all, but want to keep a more natural cottagey feel.  Not really into minimalistic perfectly neat layouts, so perhaps this would look too formal.

    However, for the garden edging I think I will use something because it helps stop it creeping into the borders

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,357

    A sharp edge cut with an edging tool and then a small gutter works fairly well if trimmed from time to time, but for the cottagey look you really need plants spilling out, so a stone mowing edge made with bricks, setts or paviours is better. It helps protect the grass from dying off under the plants at the edges too. I am lucky that I have plenty of natural stone so I use that. I have thin pieces of stone set on edge to separate my lawn from a gravel area. As it is local and naturally occuring it looks at home. Whatever you use, set it low enough that you can mow cleanly over it.

  • dominomandominoman Posts: 150

    Yes - Thats the look I want.  Plants spilling out onto the lawn.

    I will go with brick or stone edging then.  I'm new to this gardening lark so sometimes don't know what looks right until I try it.  But that's expensive!  So getting advice here is so so useful.

    Do the bricks for edging need to be properly set into concrete?

  • Pink lilyPink lily Posts: 175

    I had plastic edging until i touched it with the strimmer and it shattered into hundreds of pointy sharp pieces that I had to spend hours  picking out of the mud and grass incase the dog cut his paw on more plastic edging for me.  


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