Installing Landscape Edging: Mistakes to Avoid

Landscape edging can add a beautiful finish to your yard, simplify gardening maintenance and add value to your home. On the other hand, if your edging is not properly installed, can become an eyesore, complicate your gardening and subtract from the equity in your home. Before starting your edging project, review these landscape edging mistakes.

Insufficient Preparation


When evaluating the area you want to walk the yard with a note pad and pencil to sketch out the desired configuration. Sketch the border to be a bit larger in areas where shrubs will grow expansively. Providing this growing space will keep the edging clear of mature growth and not become buried by shrubs or flourishing flowers.

Design your lines to reflect the style of your garden. More formal gardens, like a zen garden should be designed with straight and simple lined edging. The more casual will use round contours and curves. Avoid hard right turns in any design, it's very difficult to maneuver a lawn mower around these type of configurations.

Insufficient Budgeting

Lawn edging prices vary dramatically. Now that you have configured a basic drawing, walk the edge of your design with an approximate heel-to-toe measurement. Most edging materials are sold by the foot so you can determine an approximate amount needed by using the simple foot-to-foot technique. By predetermining how much you need will help set the price point you will be able to best afford.

Brick and stone are the most expensive materials followed by wood then thin plastic borders. Save money on gas and time by shopping online to see what may work best for your garden's personality. Be prepared to buy a little more than what your measurements require. There is nothing more frustrating than having to stop in the middle of a project to get more supplies. What you don't use can be returned, unless it is the plastic roll edging.

By buying more you also will have extras on hand for installation damage or future replacement.

Insufficient Soil Preparation

Keep grass and weeds out and mulch in. Take the time to prepare the supporting edge soil against unwelcome grass and weed growth. If you are installing an edge that requires digging a trench, follow these simple weed prevention steps:

  1. Mix a thin layer of weed prevention chemical into the trench soil
  2. Line the trench with landscaping plastic
  3. Pour ½ inch sand onto the plastic

This is a comprehensive way to fortify your edging. If this seems too complicated, use any 1 or a combination of 2 out of the 3 steps above to stop weeds from invading your edging.