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.



Installing Landscape Timber Edging
Landscape timbers are an excellent edging for a raised garden bed. While a single course of 4-by or 6-by timbers simply can be set into the ground, there isn't a lot more involved in assembling two courses and securing them to each other. Three courses of timbers stretches the term "edging" and starts to qualify as a retaining wall, which is subject to different procedures and code requirements.


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.


Installing Wood Edging
Wood edging is a natural and practical choice for the borders of most garden beds. You can create a border that isn't obtrusive with..


Installing Sawtooth Brick Edging
Sawtooth edging is one of the simplest methods of installing brick edging. There's little cutting and it's more forgiving if you don't get things perfectly aligned...


Installing Flat Brick Edging
Bricks are versatile and easy to handle, making them a popular edging choice. Available in many colors and textures, bricks are rated according to their frost-resistance...


Installing Precast Concrete Edging
Rigid and heavy, precast concrete edging provides borders that are virtually permanent. Position the edging in the ground, then sit back to enjoy the garden for years...



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