Installing Metal Edging

 
Metal edging is best suited to borders that are straight and level. For beds that curve or slope, this edging isn't very accommodating. Not only is the edging difficult to curve gracefully, it is easily ruined by accidental creases and dents. But for beds with crisp, straight edges, metal edging is excellent. Be sure to get good quality edging for best results.

Lay out the bed and dig a trench for the edging that leaves at least the top 1/2 inch above the ground. To join sections, slide them together until they overlap by at least 2 inches. If necessary, trim edging to length with tin snips or a hacksaw.

 

Place the edging in the trench, and drive a stake every 3 to 4 feet along the outside edge, making sure the edging is 1/2 inch above grade. Backfill with soil, tamp lightly, then rake the bed smooth.

 
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