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How to Pour Concrete Edging

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Overview

You can create borders in the home garden in many ways, such as using shrubs, trees and flowers, but none is as effective as concrete edging. Concrete edging holds back plants, reducing root spread into undesired areas, and is able to withstand all kinds of weather. Concrete edging is long lasting, so it is important to determine whether concrete edging is right for you. Consider decorative options as well, such as running a texture roller over the drying edging to create designs, or adding pigment to the concrete while mixing.

Step 1

Spray paint a line indicating where the concrete edging will be.

Step 2

Dig into the soil along the painted guideline with a shovel or sod cutter, making the trench 9 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches deep.

Step 3

Mix the concrete according to the packaging instructions and place the concrete in a wheelbarrow.

Step 4

Pour the concrete into the trench using a concrete extruder. These are available for rent from hardware suppliers. Have a partner feed concrete into the extruder while you walk it backward through the trench.

Step 5

Smooth the edging with a hand trowel. Work slowly and evenly to keep the surface smooth.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray paint
  • Shovel
  • Sod cutter
  • Concrete extruder
  • Hand trowel

References

  • Danny Lipford: How to Pour Concrete Curing in Your Yard
  • Border Werx: Installation of Landscape Concrete Edging
Keywords: concrete edging, garden design edging, concrete landscaping

About this Author

Cleveland Van Cecil is a freelancer writer specializing in technology. He has been a freelance writer for three years and has published extensively on eHow.com, writing articles on subjects as diverse as boat motors and hydroponic gardening. Van Cecil has a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Baldwin-Wallace College.