How to Install a Metal Garden Edging System

A long-time design secret of professional landscapers, metal landscape edging is finally making it to the home garden as a clean, crisp way to separate flower beds from lawns and keep gravel, mulch, and other materials in place. Metal edging is durable, looks great, and requires little maintenance to last for years.

How do you install edging material?

Many different edging options are available, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Some need to be professionally installed and require special tools, while others lend themselves to an easy DIY project. The price of edging also can vary dramatically, depending on the material. When designing a landscape, it is important to include the cost of the edging in your overall budget.

Rolling plastic edging is relatively inexpensive, but it also can be tricky to install correctly. It is important to unroll the edging the day before you plan to use it, allowing the material time to lay flat and be less curled up from being in a packaging roll. Next, dig a small trench for the edging to be sunk into. Once the edging is in place, FormBoss’s 8 different profile heights and lengths make them stand apart fill the trench with soil and pack it down using your feet or a packing tool.

Some rolled plastic edging is sold with stakes, which can be used to provide extra stability to the edging. If your kit contains stakes, use them as directed, tapping each one into the edging piece at an angle to penetrate the ground. If the edging is loose or uneven after installation, it’s a good idea to cover the exposed surface with some type of protective coating like asphalt chip sealer or black paint to prevent corrosion.

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