I love my garden. And I’m sure you do, too. But tending to it is a lot of work. One way to make the process easier (and prettier) is to install garden edging around your flowerbeds and other areas of your yard where plants are growing.
Garden edging will help keep your flowers and shrubs in place, prevent weeds from creeping in, and give them a nice finished look. Here’s how:
Measurement is the first step in installing garden edging. You want to measure your garden bed so that you know how much material you’ll need, and how far apart you should place your edging pieces. There are many ways to do this, but I’m going to be very specific in describing how I do it as it’s simple and easy.
First of all, measure the length of your garden bed. This is easy: just get out a tape measurer or yardstick and start at one end of the bed until you reach the other end (don’t forget about corners!). Then measure its width—again using a tape measurer or yardstick—to make sure that all sides have equal dimensions. Now measure its height from top edge down into soil level; add a few inches for good measure since dirt can settle over time due to erosion and change in weather conditions etcetera so don’t go too low unless necessary! Finally check depth at various points throughout this whole process by sticking something long enough down into soil level (like maybe an old broom handle) until hitting hard ground beneath before making adjustments accordingly if necessary.”
Prepare the area to be edged.
You will need to prepare your area before you install garden edging. It’s important to remove any weeds and grass that are growing in the area. This can be done using a weed killer, or by hand with a weeding tool. You should also remove rocks and debris that may be around the area you want to edge, as well as level out the ground if it is uneven.
If you’re lucky enough to have soft ground, then this next step will be very easy! If not, keep reading for info on how to handle hard soil areas:
Check whether or not your ground is soft enough for digging by sticking a shovel into it where you plan on installing your garden edging material (and make sure it goes below four inches). If there’s too much resistance when trying to dig down deep enough for your edging material then use an auger drill bit instead of just regular spade-shaped ones because they’ll go through tougher surfaces more easily than other types would do so without breaking apart halfway through because they’re made from stronger materials like steel rather than just being made out of aluminum or plastic which aren’t really designed specifically for heavy duty tasks like this one might require them
Lay down the edging.
After you have dug all of your holes, place the edging on the ground and use stakes to secure it in place. Using a level, make sure that your edging is straight.
Stake the edging in place.
After you’ve measured and cut the edging to fit your garden, it’s time to install it. This is an easy process as long as you have a hammer and/or mallet.
A hammer can be used to pound the stakes into the ground or a rubber mallet (what we call a “tamper”) can be used instead of a regular hammer for added security that your stakes are firmly in place.
Connect the pieces of edging.
Once all the pieces of edging are in place, it’s time to connect them. You can use an odd number of pieces if you’d like, but we found that using an even number is easier for the average homeowner.
Regardless whether you’re connecting edging to a wall or fence, we recommend using concrete nails and hammering them into the ground at a 45-degree angle so that they hold firmly in place and don’t come loose over time. If there isn’t any dirt under your edging (which would be ideal), then make sure you have some sort of anchor to secure it into place (we recommend digging down about 4 inches).
Bury the edging.
Now that you have your edging in place, it’s time to bury it. You can use a shovel, or even a post hole digger if you want. Dig a trench around the edge of your garden bed, then push the edging into the ground until it is level with your bed.
- Fill in any gaps with soil from inside of the garden area and smooth over with your hand.
It’s worth it to take your time and do it right
So how much does it cost? In the long run, it’s a small investment to save time and money. It will also make your garden look great, last longer and be more productive.
You will be very happy with the results of this project and the many years of enjoyment it brings you.