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 1-by or 2-by dimensional lumber. For a bolder, more rustic look, go with landscape timbers.

Because wood edging is in constant contact with the ground, it needs to be highly resistant to rot if it's to last more than a season or two. For durability, buy .40-pressure-treated lumber, which is rated for ground contact. Since the treating does not reach the interior of the wood, you need to treat cut ends with a sealer-preservative– otherwise you'll void the manufacturer's warranty.

 

 

Lay out the bed and dig a trench for the edging. Tamp the bottom of the trench firmly with the end of a 2x4.

 

Check that the depth of the trench is uniform with an edging board. Build up low spots and tamp.

 

Line up edging boards along the outside of the trench. Trim boards to length, if necessary, with a circular saw. Place 2x2 stakes at the ends and every 4 feet along the boards about 1 inch below the top of them. Fasten the boards to the stakes with 6d (2-inch) galvanized nails or No. 8 2-inch deck screws.

 

Place the edging boards in the trench with the stakes on the outside of the bed. With a 3-pound sledgehammer, drive the stakes into the ground to anchor the boards. Check that the edging sits level and adjust it as necessary by driving stakes in deeper.

 

Add soil along the outside of the bed with a spade, then tamp and rake. Add soil to the inside of the bed and rake it smooth.

 

Trim strips of sod saved from inside the bed and place them along the outside of the bed against the edging, covering the stakes.

 

 

 
 

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