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.
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.
Set the wooden landscape edging boards in the trench. Position them as you desire.
Drive in 1-foot-long stakes into the ground behind the wooden landscape edging boards at a spacing of every 5 feet.
Nail the wooden landscape edging boards into the stakes.
Fill the trench back in. If successfully installed, the wooden landscape edging should be 1/2 inch to 1 inch above ground level.