Picket Fence Edging

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Picket Fence Edging
Use a rubber mallet to hammer in sections so they don't get damaged or scuffed (mr. fixit 2 image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)

A miniature version of the real thing, picket fence edging will provide separation between your lawn and your garden or flower beds, and will add a cute accent to your home's exterior. Picket fence edging is typically made with weather resistant resin and comes in interlocking staking sections. Make sure to manicure your edges before adding picket fence edging.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Shears or motorised edger
  • Spade or hoe (optional)
  • Rubber mallet

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  1. 1

    Cut any vegetation that has overgrown the border using shears or a motorised edger. Use a spade and a hoe, if necessary, to turn, till and smooth the soil and further sharpen the borders.

  2. 2

    Lay out the edging sections around the border, flat on the ground.

  3. 3

    Hammer the first section of edging in place. Use a rubber mallet to hammer the top of the section, submerging the stake protruding from the bottom into the ground. Use a level to make sure the section is level and plumb. Use your hands to tamp down the dirt around the stake.

  4. 4

    Insert the second section, following the line of the border. Each section has one side with hooks and one side with hook holes. Make sure you are inserting the second section so the hooks are facing the holes of the first section. The fasteners allow the sections to swivel (like a train coupler) so you can work your way around a curving border. Hammer the second section almost all the way, stopping to insert the hooks into the holes of the first section and continuing to hammer the section the rest of the way in.

  5. 5

    Insert the remaining sections in the same manner. Continue to use a level to make sure each section is level and plumb.

Tips and warnings

  • Use underground plastic edging in conjunction with picket fence edging to further assist in separating materials on either side of the border.

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