How to Install Paver or Stone Landscape Edging

stone edging along green lawn
  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-50
What You'll Need
Stones or brick pavers
Hose or string
Rubber mallet
Trench-digging tool
Plastic barrier (optional)

Not only will stone or paver edging last longer than some other types of edging, but also this landscape design can add an elegant touch to your home's lawn or garden. Luckily, this type of edging is also easy to install, and the project can be completed over the weekend with these few steps.

Step 1 – Determine How Many Stones You Will Need

First, walk around your yard with a pad of paper and a pencil. Sketch out the basic configuration of where and how you want your edging.

Then, measure the approximate amount of stones or brick pavers you will need. Most stones sold are about 1-foot long. Add a few extras to your total amount to account for possible breakage. Make sure to choose pavers that match both your budget and style.

Step 2 – Mark the Area

Using your garden hose or a string, mark out the perimeter of the area you want to edge. Avoid creating sharp corners because once the stone has been set, it’s hard to mow around these corners. Use stakes and a rubber mallet to mark the area off.

Step 3 – Dig a Trench

Using a trench-digging tool or a square-edge shovel, dig a trench on the far side of the marking method you chose from the second step. Your trench needs to be 3-4 inches deep and the same width as the stones you selected. Keep the trench’s measurements as uniform as possible. Do not get rid of displaced dirt — you will need it later.

Step 4 – Install a Weed Inhibitor

Although this step is optional, completing it can help you avoid frustrating weeding in the future. Install a plastic barrier in your trench to inhibit weed growth. Depending on the type of your barrier, you may need to cut strips from the roll to conform to the trench’s size. Once you’ve laid the plastic down throughout the entire trench, pour 1/2 inch of sand inside the length of the trench.

Step 5 – Set the Stones

Next, place the first stone. Place your stone in the trench, and stabilize it by packing in some of the dirt displaced when making the trench. The stone should be higher than your lawn, but not so high that it calls unnecessary attention to itself.

Continue With the Other Pavers

Continue inserting pavers as closely together as possible. Consider using interlocking pavers for an even better fit. Then, press the rest of the soil firmly around each stone. Water the edging to complete the packing process.

If you like the look of your paver or stone edging, try installing a terrace garden with some of the same materials.