How to Install Landscape Edging

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How to Install Landscape Edging

Landscape edging creates an attractive divider in your yard that separates your lawn from your landscaped beds. While most people appreciate the look and the function of edging, many are unsure about how to install it themselves. Fortunately, installing landscape edging is one of the easiest things you can do to your yard, and the attractive, finished look it brings is one that will be enjoyed for years to come. Here’s how to install the edging:

  • Plan where you’re going to put it. Before you head out to purchase the edging, you need to decide and define exactly where you want to install it so you can estimate how much you need. To do this, simply use spray paint or a garden hose to mark off the area, and then measure out how much edging you’ll need to buy.
  • Decide which kind of edging you want. Once you’ve figured out where you’re going to put it and how much you need to buy, you have a few different styles of edging to choose from. There is metal and plastic edging, wood, brick, concrete, and there’s also the natural look that rock provides. Once you decide which style you’re after, make sure you get a quality, commercial-grade edging that will withstand the elements and stay in place for many years.
  • Prepare the ground. Now it’s time to dig a trench where you’re going to install the edging. Grab a shovel, and using your spray paint or hose as a guideline, dig a trench about 4 to 6 inches deep and as wide as your edging will require. Digging this deep discourages grass from creeping into your landscaped bed.
  • Put the edging in. Now that you’ve dug your trench around your defined areas, you can start installing the edging. The installation will depend on which type of edging you purchased; for example, if you chose plastic or metal edging, push it into the ground until it sits about a half inch above the ground line. With a hammer, drive in spikes to reinforce the position of the edging. For brick edging, you’ll need to spread a thin layer of sand inside the trench before you start laying it in. If you’ve opted for rock edging, you simply place it in the ground at your desired height.
  • Fill any holes. Once the edging is in, survey the area for any gaps or holes that need to be back-filled. Fill with soil as needed.

Installing landscape edging does not have to be a difficult task; in fact, it’s something that can usually be completed in just an afternoon and with relative ease. There are many types to choose from and the only tool you’ll likely need is a shovel, a hammer, and possibly a few spikes depending on which type of edging you select. Once it’s installed, you’ll have an attractive addition to your yard that you’ll be able to enjoy for many years.

Tips for Lawn Edging

Lawn edging is a beautiful touch that will maximize curb appeal and give your home a well-maintained look. In addition to aesthetics, edging can also serve practical purposes as well. Landscape edging can act as a border to keep mulch or stones in their place, or as a barrier to keep weeds and grass out of a bed. There are many ways to achieve this look and obtain this assistance.

One of the most common forms of lawn edging is the trenched effect. This style is simply a matter of cutting into the ground and creating a trench to border the area. While this edging doesn’t quite create the barrier effect, it does give the area a groomed look. Of course, using this type of edging means that it must be maintained and cut out frequently. At the same time, this type of edging makes lawn mowing much easier since you won’t need to worry about cutting close to your edging material.

Another type of lawn edging is to use bricks or stones to border your bed or landscaping features. While some people choose to simply lay the stones or bricks around the area, it is also possible to dig out a trench of sorts to secure the border even further. You have many more options when using this sunken method of lawn edging. Bricks or stones may be tilted and buried partially to give the edging a unique look.

In addition, there are plastic or vinyl edging products available as kits in stores. These kits would probably prove to be the easiest style of lawn edging for a first attempt because they include instructions, tips and the necessary items. However, some of these kits will require tools such as a hammer or screwdriver depending on the materials.

There are also borders that appear to look like a miniature fence that can be used as lawn edging. While these borders are usually more expensive, they are also sometimes most appealing. They are available in numerous different materials such as wood, plastic or metal.

It is important to decide what look is desired and plan the landscaping accordingly. Use the type of edging that works best for the specific application. No matter what type of lawn edging is selected, all of these options will help achieve the maintained look while serving as a border for your flower beds or landscaping features.

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  1. You’ve got to be careful, this year I had to totally redo my edging because I did it wrong last year. Do it right the first time!

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