How to Install Wooden Landscape Edging


To put that finishing touch on your garden beds, consider installing wooden landscape edging. Wooden landscape edging will not only give your garden beds a finished look, it will also keep weeds, grass, and other plants from encroaching. Because wood has a tendency to rot in wet environments, purchase treated wood to use as edging. Treated wood will stand up to the wet environment of a garden.

Step 1

Dig a narrow trench along the length of your garden bed, using your shovel. It should be 1/2 inch to 1 inch shallower than the width of your wooden boards.

Step 2

Set the wooden landscape edging boards in the trench. Position them as you desire.

Step 3

Drive in 1-foot-long stakes into the ground behind the wooden landscape edging boards at a spacing of every 5 feet.

Step 4

Nail the wooden landscape edging boards into the stakes.

Step 5

Fill the trench back in. If successfully installed, the wooden landscape edging should be 1/2 inch to 1 inch above ground level.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • 1-by-4 or 1-by-6-inch pressure-treated wooden boards
  • 1-foot-long stakes
  • Nails
  • Hammer


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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.