Edge your lawn or flower beds to give it an overall manicured and neat look. Commonly used for landscaping purposes, edging separates a flower bed from your lawn, or lawn grass from a driveway or pathway. It serves as a divider around the confined area that prevents mulch from spreading out of the confines and prohibits weeds from growing there. Home department and garden supply centers sell a variety of edging materials, including wood, brick, tile, plastic and concrete blocks, allowing homeowners to purchase one that complements the house and surrounding landscape.
Demarcate the area that you prefer to edge with powdered chalk or spray paint to get an idea of how much edging material you need to purchase. Spread powdered chalk or spray paint in straight lines for edging that is straight, or use a garden hose for curved edges. Measure the length of the line with measuring tape and write it down.
Unroll your metal or plastic edging material and gently tamp or pound on any curves to smooth them out.
Dig a trench over the spray paint with an edger or square-edged shovel. Keep it as wide as the edging material, and up to six inches deep. Level the base of the trench so the edging is even. Dig a deeper trench if your edging is high, or if you want it to lie flush with the surrounding soil, and collect the soil in a wheelbarrow.
Spread an even one-inch layer of sand in the base of the trench, and level its top so it lies flat. Sand provides a secure base and strong footing for the edging.
Lower plastic or metal edging in the trench until half an inch is visible from the top. You can also hammer spikes that come with plastic or metal edging into the V-shape at the base of the edging. Install a spike at every four to five feet, and hammer it deep so it lies at the base of the trench to hold the edging in place.
Inspect the edging after you install it to ensure it is even all through. Backfill soil into the trench to cover visible gaps, so the edging is securely in place. Use soil from the wheelbarrow, and tamp it down to remove air pockets.