How to Edge With Landscape Timbers


Landscape edging serves both aesthetic and functional purposes. It defines the different landscaped areas in the yard both visually and physically. The barrier keeps mulch and soil in the planting bed while keep grass from growing into it. Landscape timbers are an affordable option for edging. You can easily cut the timbers to the correct size. The wood gives a natural look to the landscape edging.

Step 1

Determine the area where the landscape timbers will go. Measure the length of the landscaped area to determine how long each section of landscaping timbers need to be.

Step 2

Cut the landscape timbers to the correct length based on the measurements you took.

Step 3

Dig a trench about six inches deep where the landscape timbers will go. Dig the trench about three inches wider than the width of the timbers. Place a layer of gravel in the bottom of the trench as a foundation and for drainage purposes.

Step 4

Place the initial landscape timbers in the trench. Use a level along the timbers to make sure they are resting evenly. Fill in with gravel to achieve a level foundation.

Step 5

Place the next row of timbers on top of the base. Offset the joints of the timbers by at least six inches for a sturdy construction. Check how level each timber is as you place it.

Step 6

Drill holes through both layers of landscape timbers. Drill two holes along each landscape timber about six to eight inches from the ends.

Step 7

Drive the spike nails into the holes making sure they go through both landscape timbers.

Step 8

Fill in along the edge of the landscaping timbers with soil. This provides support to the timbers and holds them in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Landscape timbers
  • Landscape spikes
  • Tape measure
  • Saw
  • Level
  • Drill
  • Shovel
  • Gravel


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