How to Install Steel Landscape Edging

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What You'll Need
Galvanized steel landscape edging sections
Hammer with scrap block of wood
Tape measure
Spray paint

Adding steel landscape edging not only organizes your lawn visually, but is also a very practical way to set up your landscape design. It can be installed along any driveway, path, flowerbed or garden to create a neat and well-defined edge that makes landscape upkeep a much easier job. It is practical and pleasant on the eye, and it is also easy to install for the do-it-yourself landscaper.

Step 1 - Plan Your Design

You’ll need to plan and measure to know how much steel landscape edging is needed for the job. If placing your landscape edging around an established landscape feature (such as a garden or path), you need only measure along the edges. If planning to surround landscape features that haven’t been placed yet, you’ll need something to mark out the landscape as you measure it, such as spray paint.

On top of knowing how much length you need, you should decide the color (green and brown are common), as well as how tall you want the edging to be. For something like a raised garden, you may want it to sit 4 or 5 inches above ground, or you may want it only a half inch above ground so that it doesn’t interfere with the lawnmower.

Step 2 - Dig Your Trenches

trench in the dirt

Use a shovel to dig trenches wherever you plan to lay your edging. Make sure the trenches are at least three or four inches wide. How deep they are will depend on how tall your landscape edging will be, and how much of it you’ll want above ground.

Step 3 - Assemble Your Steel Landscape Edging

Lay out your steel landscape edging roughly along your trenches. For curved or angled sections, it is best to assemble or bend the pieces ahead of time rather than trying to do it once it's in the trench. For straight sections, the edging can be assembled as it's placed in the ground, but you should still lay out enough along all of your edges. This will further ensure that you have what you need to complete your edging project.

In assembling curved sections and corners, or even with straight edges at odd lengths, it may become necessary to adjust the length of a section of edging to properly fit the trench. If this must be done, you can cut through your steel edging with a hacksaw.

Step 4 - Stake Your Steel Landscape Edging

neatly landscaped yard

With the appropriate pieces assembled and laid out, it's time to start staking your steel edging. Some lawn landscaping will come with stakes already attached at various points along the sections of edging, while others will have “pockets” that you stake through in order to plant the edging in the ground.

Either way, place a block of wood over the stake and pound it with a hammer or mallet. This will protect from accidentally damaging or warping the edging.

Step 5 - Fill The Trench

All that remains is to fill in the rest of the trench with excess dirt. Tamp it down with your foot or a shovel, and you’re good to go!