How to Lay Landscape Edging


Not only is landscape edging an attractive touch that will add interest and definition to your landscaped areas, it serves an important purpose. Without landscape edging as a barrier between your planting area and grass, the grass will inevitably spread into your planting area. Landscaping edging also helps contain mulch inside your flower beds. Take the time to lay landscape edging properly so it is even and level as it surrounds your beautiful planting areas.

Step 1

Plan the placement of the landscape edging. If you will install the landscape edging in a straight line, pound stakes 3 inches into the soil and string twine between each stake to plan the placement of the landscape edging. If you will install the landscape edging in a curved line, lay a garden hose along the ground in the desired placement.

Step 2

Draw a chalk line along the line and remove the stakes and twine or the hose.

Step 3

Use a lawn edger or shovel to dig a trench for the landscaping edging. Make the trench 6 inches deep and 2 inches wide along the entire distance.

Step 4

Add coarse sand, 2 inches deep, to the bottom of the trench. Spread the sand evenly along the bottom of the trench.

Step 5

Begin to add the landscape edging over the sand, using a level to ensure the landscape edging is even and level along the entire length. Attach the landscape edging pieces to each other if this is the style of edging you are using.

Step 6

Add or remove sand as necessary to keep the landscape edging even as you install it. Continue checking the edging pieces with a level to ensure they are all even.

Step 7

Continue adding the landscape edging along the entire trench. Check the level of the landscape edging one more time before you proceed.

Step 8

Fill the trench on both sides of the edging with topsoil to hold the landscape edging in place. Compact the topsoil by pressing it down with your foot.

Step 9

Use a rubber mallet to make any final adjustments to the landscape edging when you finish adding the topsoil.

Step 10

Spread mulch up to the landscape edging on the landscaping side of the edging. Sow grass seeds up to the landscape edging on the grass side of the edging, if desired.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-foot stakes
  • Hammer
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Garden hose
  • Chalk
  • Lawn edger or shovel
  • Coarse sand
  • Landscape edging
  • Level
  • Rubber mallet
  • Topsoil
  • Mulch
  • Grass seed (optional)


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