How to Install Plastic Garden Edging


Lawn edging is a way to frame out your flower beds or other gardening areas. It also helps keep grass from invading into your flower beds an prevents mulch from washing away. Plastic lawn edging comes in large black rolls that you can purchase from a home improvement store. It is an inexpensive way to add a finished look to your landscaping and give you a cleaner edge to work around while you are mowing and trimming.

Step 1

Choose a professional grade of landscape edging. The edging should come with steel stakes that help anchor the edging into place.

Step 2

Dig or rototill a 6-inch trough on the outside of the garden bed where you want your edging to be. Use a tape measure to make sure you have dug 6 inches all the way around the bed so the edging will lay flush. The trough should be 2 to 3 inches wide.

Step 3

Unroll the edging and cut it to fit your area. Use a tape measure or lay the edging out and cut it. The rolls usually come in 20-foot lengths. If the bed is longer than 20 feet, use edging connectors to join pieces together.

Step 4

Set the edging in the soil so that only one half to one third of the top circle is above the soil. Use soil from where you dug to trough to refill the hole. Place the soil on top of the bottom V-edge of the edging and pack it down so the edging is in place. Do not fill the trough to the top with soil yet.

Step 5

Install the stakes by placing the skate into the bottom V of the edging and tap it with a hammer to secure it in place. The stakes should go in at a slight 25-degree angle downwards. Place the first stake 3 inches from the end. The second stake should be at 7 feet, the third should be at 14 feet and the last stake should be at the other end.

Step 6

Pull the remainder of the soil down to the edging. Use your hand to pack the soil down flush with the edging.

Step 7

Water both sides of the edging to help the soil settle on both sides. Add additional fill dirt if needed to make sure both sides of the soil are flush with the edging and the surrounding dirt is level with the dirt next to the edging.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn edging
  • Connectors
  • Edging stakes
  • Shovel
  • Rototiller
  • Garden hose
  • Hammer


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Melody Dawn has been writing since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times" and her writing focuses on topics about gardening, business and education. She is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists. Dawn holds a Master of Business and is working on a Master of Journalism from the University of Tennessee.