Ask Roger: Using Landscape Edging

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on March 19, 2016

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Learn about landscape edging with landscape contractor Roger Cook. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)

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Shopping List for for Using Landscape Edging:
– Cobblestone or brick edging, preferred over flexible plastic edging
– Metal edging with stakes
– Concrete, used to backfill along cobblestone or brick edging

Tools List for Using Landscape Edging:
– Edging tool, used to cut cleanly through lawn around perimeter of planting bed
– Rubber mallet, for tapping cobblestone or brick edging into place
– Small sledgehammer, used to tap in steel stakes

Steps for for Using Landscape Edging:
1. Flexible plastic landscape edging is difficult to install, virtually impossible to keep straight, and highly susceptible to frost heave.
2. Cobblestone or brick edging is attractive, durable and relatively easy to install.
3. Cobblestone or brick edging can be laid flat or stood on end and backfilled with concrete.
4. Steel landscape edging installs easily in a shallow trench and is virtually undetectable.
5. Hold steel edging in place with steel stakes.
6. Use an edging tool to cut an air space between the lawn and planting bed.
7. As grass grows, it'll hit the air space and not spread into the planting bed.

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