Garden Edging Made Easy Garden Edging Made Easy

What You'll Need
Spade or lawn edging tool
Shovel
Wheelbarrow
Recycled Plastic Edging Material
String, Spray Paint

Garden edging needn't be a chore or something that takes a great deal of time, effort and money. It does, however, require careful planning and step-by-step follow through. Here are some ways to make garden edging a fun and easy DIY project the whole family can participate in.

Step #1: Lay Out Design

Decide the shape of the garden edging desired and lay out the design on the lawn using the actual material. In this case, the edging material is recycled plastic in about 6-inch height. Move the garden edging material around until the desired shape is achieved. Broad, sweeping curves are appropriate for informal lawn and garden, while straight lines and geometric shapes indicate more formal garden edging.

Next, use a string or spray paint to indicate boundaries for the edging. Use laser line-of-sight tools or chalk-line markers for straight-line edges.

Step #2: Dig Trench

Use a spade or lawn edging tool (either foot-model or electric) to dig out a trench to accommodate the garden edging.

Haul away the dug out dirt and grass for composting or use in other parts of the garden.

Step #3: Place Edging in Trench

This is the fun part. Lay out the edging material in the trench and backfill as necessary, and insert the supports that are provided with the garden edging. The recycled plastic garden edging material is lightweight and easy to install. It’s also the least expensive edging material available. The plastic edging is impervious to the elements, won’t chip, crack, splinter or rot, and is more durable than wood or timber.

Step #4: Maintainance is a Cinch

Once the garden edging is in place and securely fastened, that’s all there is to it. The edging material protects the lawn against rhizomes, weeds from intrusion into the garden, and plants from encroaching into the lawn from the garden. The lawn mower and weed whips or edgers can easily navigate over the edging without causing any damage to either the edging or the garden.

The resulting lines are clean and provide instant curb appeal. There’s no need to replace the material, and when the time is right to change the layout of the garden edging, simply remove the fastening strips and move the material to the next area to be clearly edged.

 

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