Installing a landscape edging

Plastic edging is inexpensive, easy to work with and is the edging material of choice for creating garden bed with curved borders.

Difficulty level : 
Duration : 
4 hours

Before you start

Lay the hose and the edging in the sun for a few hours so they become more pliable and easier to manipulate.

1
Outlining the bed

  • 1.1Lay out the hose, trying several different shapes until you get result you like.
  • 1.2Squeeze powdered chalk along the outside edge of the hose, then remove the hose.

2
Digging the trench

  • 2.1With a spade, dig a trench along the chalk line, making sure the outside edge of the trench is vertical to support the edging properly.
  • 2.2 Strip off the sod inside the bed with a pick or a sod lifter.
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Top tip

The trench you dig should be a uniform depth and deep enough that about ½ inch of edging sits above ground.

3
Place the edging

  • 3.1Place the edging in the trench, adding or removing soils as necessary to keep it level.
  • 3.2Prevent soil from failing back into the trench by working as much as possible along the outside edge of the garden bed.
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For the least noticeable joints, avoid joining edging at corners.

4
Cutting edging pieces to length

  • 4.1Mark the point where the ends of edging pieces overlap with masking tape.
  • 4.2Cut the edging with tin snips or pruning shears at the mark. A straight cut will make joint least noticeable.

5
Making a joint

  • 5.1Slide a coupler halfway into the channel at the end of one piece of edging.
  • 5.2Hold the end of the first piece of edging tightly to keep the coupler in place and slide the end of the second piece of edging onto the coupler.

6
Anchoring the edging

  • 6.1With a small sledgehammer, drive a stake into the ground along the outside of the edging every 3 to 4 feet.
  • 6.2Backfill the trench and pack down the soil.

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