Professionals are going to use materials that last the test of time, and provide a good showmanship of their work for years to come.
You can always expect to see the cheaper yard edging ideas used in projects–just understand a true professional was likely not behind that project.
Our favorite edging to use is Natural Stone Edging due to its simple, cost effective, and timeless look. Unlike other edgings, Natural Stone will provide an elegant look, ensure that borders do not fall apart, and keeps grass and mulch separated. It doesn’t crack or heave with the moving ground during freeze-thaw cycles, the colors don’t fade like a man-made manufactured product, and it truly stands the test of time.
Concrete Edging is another possible option. It won’t look as good, and can crack and break with time but may be a cheaper option when there is a large amount of landscape edging to install.
Steel or Aluminum Edging is a popular option because of its sleek low profile look and lower price point. The negative to steel edging is that although it is galvanized powder coated steel edging, it does rust over time as it weathers with age where aluminum edging will not. However both of these edgings will likely heave out of the ground over the years due to the freezing and thawing of ground temperatures. This really isn’t a huge problem if you don’t mind taking a rubber mallet to the edging spikes every couple of years. They certainly get pushed up out of the ground over time. If you have a large personal property or host venues on a farm-like area, this may be one to request from the landscape group you are working with based on cost alone.
In the end, your landscape team should provide you with one of these good options, depending on what suits you best. However, if they start to lean towards cheap options–do yourself a favor and run the other way ;)