Installing Landscape Edging

Overview

Install landscape edging around your lawn or flower beds to give the area a well-manicured and finished appearance. Depending on personal taste, use plastic, wood, decorative stone, rock or tile to form an attractive barrier that separates a particular area from the rest of the yard. The decorative yet functional edging material prevents weeds or grass from spreading and growing in the edged area. Install landscape edging yourself to save on labor costs.

Step 1

Mark the area you want to edge with powdered chalk or a garden hose. Keep the sides of a rectangular, square or any angular flower bed as straight as possible, and make rounded edges for circular ones. Once spread, measure the total length and note it down to determine the total amount of edging material you need for the project.

Step 2

Wear gloves and dig a trench over the marked area with a narrow shovel. Tamp the base down to ensure it is level. Keep it up to 6 inches deep and identical in width to that of the edging material. Collect the soil in a wheelbarrow for later use.

Step 3

Lower the edging into the trench, ensuring up to 1/2 or 3/4 inch is visible above ground level. Adjust the depth of the trench by adding or removing soil. The installation method varies according to the type of edging material you use. If you're using plastic or metal edging, lower sections into the trench until 1/2 inch is visible above ground level. Hammer spikes into each V-shape provided at the base of the edging so it stays in place.

Step 4

Spread and level an even layer of sand into the trench if you're installing brick, rock or stone edging. This provides a secure footing. Lower each block over the sand securely and place adjacent ones flush against it.

Step 5

Check your work as you go. Make sure the edging is even throughout. Adjust if necessary by lifting a particular piece and adding or removing soil. Add soil from the wheelbarrow into visible gaps between the edging material and the trench.

Step 6

Spay the area with a garden hose and tamp the soil down so it settles in place to hold the edging securely.

Tips and Warnings

  • Allowing more than 1/2 inch of edging to protrude from the trench increases the risk of accidentally hitting it with a lawn mower or tripping over it.

Things You'll Need

  • Powdered chalk or garden hose
  • Tape measure
  • Gloves
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Landscape edging
  • Hammer
  • Spikes
  • Sand

References

  • Renegade Gardener: How to Install Landscape Edging
  • Blades Lawn Care: How to Install Landscape Edging
  • Great-Landscaping-Ideas: Landscape Edging& Trimming
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