How to Install Paver Edging


Edgings are an essential part of any paver project from patios to pathways. Without edgings, high traffic areas can shift and leave gaps in your surfaces. Additionally, edging helps keep things in place through seasonal cold and heat that can cause stone pavers to expand and contract. Before installing paver edging, a base of crushed rock is layered, compacted and leveled on the base of a project beyond the paver installation surface.

Step 1

Lay your L-shaped paver edging pieces side-by side along the boundaries of your paver project with the keyhole section flush to the ground.

Step 2

Measure the edging pieces to ensure that the vertical section will not rise above the pavers, and that the horizontal section will not push the final row of pavers up so that it is higher than the other rows.

Step 3

Insert a 9-inch steel anchoring stake through the keyhole in the base of the L-shaped edging. Hammer it into the ground until the head is flush with the base of the bed.

Step 4

Insert anchoring stakes every 2 feet along the anchoring keyholes in the edging, and hammer into the ground.

Step 5

Lay the final row of pavers over the horizontal section of the L shaped edging.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden stakes
  • Steel paver edging
  • 9-inch steel anchoring stakes
  • Hammer
  • Eye protection


  • "Reader's Digest New Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual"; Sally French; 1991
  • PaverSearch: How to Install Pavers
  • Landscape Design/Build: How To: Install Paver Edging

Who Can Help

  • Grounds Maintenance Magazine: How to: Install Concrete Pavers
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Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."