Installing Plastic Edging

1-2 hours

Make any yard look professionally-landscaped with easy-to-install plastic edging

Installing Plastic Edging

Because it is so flexible, plastic edging is the edging of choice for curving beds and borders. It is the most economical of the commercial edgings and the easiest to work with, too. But if you are 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.


Dig a trench around the bed
Dig trench around bed  -  Plastic Edging

Dig a trench along the edges of the bed With a spade, dig a trench along the edges of the bed to a uniform depth of 3 to 4 inches -- enough to let the edging stand at least 1/2 inch above ground level. Dig straight down to create a vertical "wall" that will support the edging.

Insert the edging
Insert edging -  Plastic Edging

Place the edging in the trench and bend it Place the edging in the trench and bend it to follow the contours of the bed. Fill low spots with soil, packing it down firmly.

Trim/cut the edging to fit
Trim/cut edging fit -  Plastic Edging

Trim strips of edging to length if necessary, with tin snips Trim strips of edging to length, if necessary, with tin snips. Or, cut strips to size with pruning shears, scissors or a utility knife. To make joints less noticeable, place them away from corners, sharp bends, and angles.

Join the strips of edging
Join strips edging -  Plastic Edging

Join strips of edging To join strips of edging, slide a coupler halfway into one of the top channels. Pinch the first strip to hold the coupler in place and fit it into the second strip.

Anchor the edging
Anchor edging -  Plastic Edging

Anchor the edging with stakes Anchor the edging with stakes at 3- to 4-foot intervals. Drive each stake at a slight angle through the lower outside edge.

Backfill the edging
Backfill edging -  Plastic Edging

Backfill behind the edging with soil Backfill behind the edging with soil, forcing the edging against the wall of the trench.

Put on the finishing touches
Put on finishing touches -  Plastic Edging

Pack down the backfilled soil by tamping with your feet or watering with a garden hose. Add soil to fill in low spots and then rake the bed smooth.