Tidy Up Landscapes: DIY Edging

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 2-4 hours


A clean edge between the lawn and garden gives your yard a formal and neat look. But edging serves a practical purpose, too. It keeps each element from intruding on the others. A reliable way to keep your lawn separate from your garden is to install a concrete or brick paver edge. This type of garden edging lets plants spill over a little bit from your garden but not into your lawn.

Step 1

Step 1: Plan your garden edging. Decide on where to place your garden edge and be mindful of how you want to set it up. Use stakes, a garden hose or string to plot the course. Be aware of your sprinklers, drip system, or any pipes or wiring underground. 

Step 2

Step 2: Clear planned area. Once you have outlined the area, rake away any grass, rocks and debris. 

Step 3

Step 3: Level the area. Use a hand tamper or shovel to level it off. 

Step 4

Step 4: Lay fabric. Cover the area with landscape fabric to keep any future weeds from popping up. Staple the fabric in place. Cut holes where you plan to plant vegetation.

Step 5

Step 5: Spread sand. To help with leveling, lay polymer jointing sand under where pavers will go. This also keeps pavers in place after getting wet.

Step 6

Step 6: Begin laying bricks. Place four pavers in a line on top of the sand. Use a level to make sure each brick is laying flat. If some are unstable, either add more sand or use a rubber mallet to whack them into place. Repeat in sections of four until finished. Fill in gaps between pavers with more sand. When finished, follow directions to wet and set the sand. 

Step 7

Step 7: Plant your garden. Add plants or flowers to the holes you cut in the landscape fabric. Cover with mulch. Or, skip the plants and just lay mulch for clean landscape design. 

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