Lawn Garden Edging

Overview

Garden edging creates a well-defined border between your planting beds and your lawn. It also prevents your turfgrass from growing into your planting bed and the mulch from your planting bed from spilling into your lawn. Plastic garden edging is durable and installs with common household tools. Well-prepared soil is critical to install the garden edging without problems. Roots, rocks and other debris below the soil surface can hinder the installation process.

Step 1

Rotary till the soil to a depth of 6 inches along the entire length of the planting bed. Remove any roots, rocks or other debris from the soil so only a worked, loamy soil remains.

Step 2

Measure the width and height of the plastic garden edging. Remove the soil along the edge of the planting bed as wide as the edging and deep enough so that only the top third of edging's "circle" will remain above the soil line.

Step 3

Unroll the edging and place into the trench so that the "V" notch faces toward the planting bed. Hold the edging tight to the side that adjoins the lawn. Push just enough soil up to the edging to temporarily hold it in place while you stake it down.

Step 4

Drive the provided edging stakes into the soil at a 25 degree angle through the "V" notch. Place one stake at each edge of the edging and place a stake every 7 feet along the entire length of it.

Step 5

Backfill a few inches of soil up to the edging and stomp it down. Adjust the edging as necessary--especially along curved areas. Rake the rest of the soil up to the edging until it is buried to the correct depth. If any gaps remain on the lawn side of the edging, fill them with soil, and the lawn will grow back up to the edging.

Step 6

Walk along the entire length of the edging and water the soil on both sides. This will help settle the soil.

Tips and Warnings

  • Refrain from pounding the stakes straight into the ground. Vertically pounded stakes will easily frost heave.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Tape measure
  • Plastic garden edging
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer
  • Garden hose
  • Water source

References

  • Renegadegardener.com: How to Install Landscape Edging
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About this Author

Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.