Installing Plastic Edging

 
Because it's so flexible, plastic edging is the edging of choice for curving beds and borders. It's the most economical of the commercial edgings and the easiest to work with, too. But if you're looking for sharp, crisp corners, look elsewhere. Plastic edging can't handle it. And be sure to anchor the edging securely with stakes to keep it from popping out of the ground.

 

 

With a spade, dig a trench along the edges of the bed to a uniform depth of 3 to 4 inches -- enough to let the edging stand at least 1/2 inch above ground level. Dig straight down to create a vertical "wall" that will support the edging.

 

Place the edging in the trench and bend it to follow the contours of the bed. Fill low spots with soil, packing it down firmly.

 

Trim strips of edging to length, if necessary, with tin snips. Or, cut strips to size with pruning shears, scissors, or a utility knife. To make joints less noticeable, place them away from corners, sharp bends, and angles.

 

To join strips of edging, slide a coupler halfway into one of the top channels. Pinch the first strip to hold the coupler in place and fit it into the second strip.

 

Anchor the edging with stakes at 3- to 4-foot intervals. Drive each stake at a slight angle through the lower outside edge.

 

Backfill behind the edging with soil, forcing the edging against the wall of the trench.

 

Pack down the backfilled soil by tamping with your feet or watering with a garden hose. Add soil to fill in low spots, then rake the bed smooth.

 

 

 
 

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