How to Edge Planting Beds


Landscape edging on a plant bed defines the area, visually separating it from the surrounding landscape. Edging creates clean lines for the planting beds and landscaped areas of a yard. The edging also holds mulch and soil in the planting bed, preventing it from falling or washing into the lawn. It provides a barrier for grass roots to prevent them from taking over the planting bed. Edging material also serves as a guide when mowing the lawn.

Step 1

Mark the path of the edging. If the lines are straight, place wooden stakes at the corners and connect them with string. For a curved line, spray paint is an easy way to mark the line. Measure the length of the edging.

Step 2

Select the type of edging material to use for the planting beds. Common options include wood, plastic, stone, bricks or rock. Consider the style of the surrounding landscape when selecting the edging material. Use the length measurement to purchase the correct amount of edging.

Step 3

Dig a trench about 6 inches deep where the landscaping edging will go. Follow the string or spray paint lines as a guide.

Step 4

Add sand to the trench as a base for the edging material if you are using landscape brick or stone.

Step 5

Place the edging material into the trench. The type of edging dictates the exact method of installation. Plastic and metal edging use stakes to hold it in place. Stone, brick and rock borders are simply placed in the trench in the desired location.

Step 6

Add soil along the landscape edging to fill in the gaps. This also helps keep the edging in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Wooden stakes
  • String
  • Spray paint
  • Shovel


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  • How to Install Landscape Edging
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