Here at Greenlife Gardens each edging has it’s own purpose and place with pros and cons. Aluminum edging is used for beds that need rock. Paver brick can be decorative to highlight a bed or area. Both give a tight, consistent defined edge, but tend to allow turf grass in over time and both make it harder to remove.
Our personal favorite is a natural edge, cutting a depth of 4-6 inches with a stair step 45* angle. It leaves a clean sharp look, without any barriers to fight for weeding maintenance. This edge typically only needs to be re-cut once a year (during a spring clean-up) and touched up during heavy rain periods if it’s carries a high water volume. The only areas we would shy away from the natural edge is a steep slope, high rain run off or full rock beds.