Garden rope edging

Written by anne wilson
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Garden rope edging
Thick rope can be effective permanent edging, especially for nautically themed gardens. (rope image by jeancliclac from

Create a clean edging to your garden beds or lawn in nearly one step -- the rope used to determine the edge of a garden bed can later be put in place as the actual edging. It's a cost-effective strategy for creating edging. Rope makes for an attractive, unusual and rustic feature in your garden, although the material has been used in gardens for decades as a design element, especially in nautical-themed gardens or for seaside cottages.

Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Rope, 5 cm (2 inches) thick
  • Work gloves
  • Spade
  • 2 wooden stakes
  • U-shaped, 5 cm (2 inch) metal staple stakes
  • Rake (optional)

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  1. 1

    Hammer two stakes at either end of the area where you would like to establish your edging.

  2. 2

    Drape your rope across the two stakes, pulling taut and tying securely at each stake, creating a straight line across the flower bed or lawn. This line will be the edging of your garden bed or lawn.

  3. 3

    Shovel away weeds or excess sod from the outside edge of the line created by the rope.

  4. 4

    Dig a small, 2.5 cm (1 inch) deep groove in the dirt for the rope edging. Untie the rope and remove the two wooden stakes. Lay the rope in the small ditch, and arrange the rope until it appears perfectly straight.

  5. 5

    Hammer the U-shaped metal staple stakes over the rope into the ground until the rope feels securely flush with the ground. Repeat every 30 cm (1 foot) until you come to the end of the rope.

  6. 6

    Rake or shovel away excess dirt from digging the groove.

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