Landscape edging creates a border between your yard and vegetable or flower gardens. This border enhances the curb appeal of your yard and prevents you or mowing teams from accidentally mowing down vegetation and flowers. Several types of landscape edging exist, including block edging made of cut stone and concrete shaped into square, rectangular and other regular and irregular shapes. Installing block edging takes only a few minutes per block and provides you with an attractive divider between the yard and the garden.
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Things you need
- Small garden rake
- Tape measure
- Rubber mallet
Push the soil and mulch toward the back or middle of the garden toward the plants to keep the materials from spilling out of the garden space as you install the edging. Use the small garden rake to gently push these materials back without damaging the vegetation and flowers.
Measure the width of the edging block, using a tape measure. Use this measurement to dig a trench in which to set the edging. Remove only the sod from the area, using a garden spade.
Spray herbicide in the excavated trench to kill grass and weeds in the site and prevent various vegetation from growing up in the cracks between the edging blocks. You may also place plastic sheeting into the trenches to prevent the growth of vegetation.
Set the edging blocks into place in the trench, along the perimeter of your garden. Tap the blocks into place with a rubber mallet. If you install the block on level ground, get the blocks as close to level as you can without a level. If you install the blocks on a slope, don't leave some blocks sticking up and others placed deeper into the ground.
Rake the soil and mulch back away from the vegetation in the garden. Do not take the materials over the new edging, but up against the edging instead.
Tips and warnings
- You can also place the landscape edging around other landscaping elements like patios or walkways instead of limiting yourself to gardens.
- Instead of edging block you can also place bricks, stone pavers or natural-cut stones in the same fashion.
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