Landscape edging lends the garden or flowerbed a well-defined, manicured look while preventing weeds or grass from spreading in the landscaped beds. This attractive divider separates the enclosed bed from the remaining lawn or yard so it stands out. Landscape edging comes in a variety of material including wood, plastic, stone, brick, steel and concrete, each with its pros and cons. Steel products give the area a contemporary look and last for decades, provided they are galvanised. Although installing steel landscape edging yourself takes time and effort, the otherwise simple process saves up on labour charges.
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Things you need
- Hose or powdered chalk
- Tape measure
- 2-by-4 lumber
- Steel edging
- Garden hose
Spread powdered chalk to demarcate straight lines or lay a garden hose over curved areas in your lawn to determine where to install steel landscape edging. You can even use boards over straight lines. Measure the length so you know how much edging you need. Commercial-grade steel edging is sold in lengths of 10 feet.
Dig a 4- to 6-inch deep trench along the lines with a shovel, as wide as the steel edging. Collect the dirt in a wheelbarrow. Lay a length of 2-by-4 over the base of the trench and tamp it down gently to level it.
Lower a length of edging in, aligning its corner against the corner of the trench. Stand it upright in the trench, with its stake pockets facing the lawn.
Tap the edging lightly with a hammer or push it in gently until only 1/2 inch of the top is visible above the ground. Bend the edging with your hands to follow any curves, if necessary, and tap it so it rests in place.
Cut excess edging off and keep remaining section aside. Make a vertical cut over the selected point on the edging with a hacksaw. Hold the edging firmly and bend it back and forth until it breaks into two pieces. If one length of edging falls short at any point, overlap its stake pocket with the corner pocket of another and insert a stake through both.
Pound the spikes or stakes along the length of edging with a hammer into the ground. Steel edging features stake pockets and stakes every 2 to 3 feet.
Survey the installed edging for any gaps between the edging and trench, and fill these with dirt appropriately. Lightly moisten the area with a garden hose so the dirt settles in place and holds the edging securely in place.
Tips and warnings
- A trench 4 to 6 inches deep prevents grass from creeping into the landscaped beds.
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