Landscape edging provides a clean, finished look to any garden or flower bed, and it helps to keep grass from invading your flower bed from your lawn. It is also very easy to install improperly.
Install Edging Better Than a Pro
Till or otherwise weed and prepare the garden or flower bed that you wish to edge. Remove roots and turn the soil where you plan to place the edging.
Dig or till a six-inch deep ditch outlining the bed.
Place the edging into the ditch so that the curled “V” faces the bed. Curve the edging until it is loosely placed. Cut the edging to fit using a utility or serrated bread knife.
Use the connectors that come with the steel spikes if the outline of your flower or garden bed is longer than 20 feet (landscape edging usually comes in 20-foot pieces). Slide the connector on the first piece of edging’s top circle halfway, and then slide the second length of edging on. Push down on the connector with the second piece, and squeeze the circle of the first piece.
Set the edging into the soil until only the top half or one-third of the edging is visible above the ground. Push the soil down with your feet where the edging curves away from the bed.
Install the stakes, starting three inches from the beginning of the edging. Insert the pointed tip of the stake into the “V” at the bottom of the edging, and hit the end that’s bent at a 90-degree angle with the hammer. Hammer the stakes at a flat, 25-degree angle, making sure the bent part is facing down and pounding the stakes to as close to parallel with the ground as possible. Use four stakes per 20-foot length of landscape edging.
Scoop the soil down from the bed side of the edging to ensure that it’s two-thirds the height of the edging, and then press down the soil along the edging. Also try to fill in any gaps between the edging and the lawn side. Finally, water both sides of the edging to help the soil settle in firmly.
Things You Will Need
- Commercial-grade landscape edging
- Steel stake kit and connectors
- Tiller (optional)
- Serrated bread or utility knife
- Garden hose or watering can
- If you can afford it, purchase commercial-grade landscape edging that measures five-and-a-half inches wide or wider and comes with steel stakes. Lesser-quality edging is flimsier and more at risk of frost heave.
- Never allow too much of the landscape edging to protrude from the ground. If you ensure that only the top half or one-third of the circle is visible, you won't accidentally hit the edging with your lawnmower and the edging will be less visible in the summer.