Drive a stake at the beginning of the proposed edging pathway. You can create edging to border driveways, pathways, garden beds and around trees. Press stakes every foot along the pathway. Tie a string to each of the stakes.
Straighten the stakes or move them to follow the couture of the yard. When creating edging around trees or shrubs, keep the edging a few inches outside of the plant's dripline in order to not impede the roots or allow grass near the plant. The dripline is the area directly underneath the tips of the plant's branches.
Measure the string to find out how much edging material you will need to gather. Take measurements of the edging material that you want to use. Determine how high you want to make your edging and how far deep you want it to reach. Numerous commercial edging types typically go 6 inches deep into the ground to keep grass roots from growing under the material.
Dig a trench that is twice the width of the garden edging and 6 inches in the ground with a half moon edger. Follow the proposed edging pathway. Flatten the bottom of the trench and make sure that it is even with a level.
Place the edging material in the trench. Use a spade to tightly compact the soil around the edging material. Butt the edging material against each other. Add more edging material, such as rocks, according to how high you want your border. The edging material will sink into the ground over time; therefore, leave at least half an inch above the ground.