How to Edge a Garden Bed

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Hacksaw
  • Shovel
Materials Required
  • Aluminum edging
  • Garden hose

Before You Begin

Below you'll see the instruction steps to follow. Thinking twice about doing this job yourself? To find a landscape contractor who has the skills and tools to do it right, click Home Advisor, a free referral service that connects homeowners with local contractors.

  • Step 1 : Outline the garden beds and dig a trench

    Create a layout plan for edging garden beds by using a garden hose to outline where you want the lawn to stop and the garden beds to begin. Then dig a trench about 5-inches deep to outline the landscape. As you dig, remove any weeds and loosen the soil so it's easy to work with.

  • Step 2 : Set the edging in place and trim

    Set the edging in place and trim

    Set the sections of edging into the trench. Snap the sections together by overlapping the mating ends and pushing down on the upper section until each end is seated into the mating tabs. Cut the last section to length with a hacksaw.

    Set the edging in place and trim

    Position the edging and drive the aluminum stakes through the loops in the back of the edging to hold them in place.

  • Step 3 : Level the soil

    Fill in any low spots with dirt, packing it down firmly on both sides of the edging.

    Illustrations courtesy of Permaloc