How to Install Aluminum Landscape Edging

What You'll Need
25-foot flexible tape measure
String and wood or bamboo stakes to outline features
Notepad and pencil to record measurements
Landscape hand edger with curved blade to dig the channel for edging
Rubber mallet for driving in support stakes
Heavyweight working gloves to protect hands from the anchor pins

Neat, streamlined aluminum landscape edging, available in a wide range of colors, will prevent grass stolons from invading your garden or pathway edge. Its flexible structure will enable you to lay it along straight, curved, circular or dramatically irregular borders of the gardens and landscape features all over your yard. Metal landscape edging is durable in all weathers and resists corrosion. It is ideal for seafront and lakefront properties. Add aluminum landscape edging to your yard in just a few hours, with these tips.

Step 1 - Measure Carefully and Outline Your Edging Path

Measure the length and direction of the pathway or border you will outline, to determine how much aluminum landscape edging to purchase. If you are outlining both sides of a walkway through a yard or garden, measure both sides. If you are creating a border for a landscape feature, measure it and outline it with string tied to wood or bamboo stakes.

Step 2 - Purchase Sufficient Aluminum Landscape Edging to Complete the Border

Buy landscape edge sections in 8-foot, 10-foot or 16-foot lengths. The sections are usually 1/8 inch thick. Overlap the sections at the ends, so that two sets of anchor pins interlock with each other to give solid support both vertically and horizontally.

Step 3 - Dig the Channel and Set in the Landscape Edging

Using the landscape hand edger, dig a narrow channel about 1/2 inch wide and 5 inches deep. Set in the landscape edging in sections that are joined together already for curved and irregular borders. When placing straight sections, you can join them one at a time to the next. Ensure the stake pockets or the inverted face of the attached stakes faces the garden or turf edge of your walkway. To create a squared corner, cut the landscape edging up through half its depth, and bend the corner in the correct direction.

Step 4 - Fix the Stakes in Place

Some types of aluminum landscape edging have stakes attached at each end. Interlock the stakes from one section with the stakes from the previous section and use pliers to fold down the top portions into the soil. Others have pockets along the entire length of each section to hold the stakes, which measure 12 to 15 inches long. Insert the stakes and pound them into the soil to the top edge of the pocket.

Step 5 - Refill the Channel with Sand and Topsoil

Lay a ½-inch deep layer of fine sand along the bottom of the channel after inserting the edging to help drain away water. Compress topsoil on top of the sand and fill to the level of the garden surface.  The aluminum landscape edging should protrude no more than 3/4 inch above the finished surface.