There are many types of edging on the market today, including plastic, strip, spade-cut, wood and masonry edging. Edging separates your garden from your lawn and keeps your lawn from growing into your garden beds. Masonry edging can be the most expensive edging you can install, but it has an elegant appearance and lasts a long time. Its maintenance is also relatively low compared to other edgings.
Lay out the outline of your garden bed. Mark the outside perimeter of the garden bed with marking paint.
Dig a trench that is as wide as the masonry edging. Dig it 2 inches deeper than the depth of the edging. Ensure the side of the trench that faces the lawn is straight down. Flat garden spades work best for defining this edge.
Fill the bottom of the trench with 2 inches of sand. Tamp it down and level it along the entire length of the trench.
Start on one end and lay the masonry edging pavers into the trench. The top of the edging should be flush with the soil surface.
Add or remove sand as necessary to keep the pavers even along the entire perimeter of the garden bed.
Rake the soil from the garden bed tight to the pavers. Sweep sand into the cracks between the pavers to help prevent them from moving.