Introduction

It isn't essential to use edging around a lawn, but it does make the grass a more precise and distinctive feature and reduces the chore of keeping the edges neat.

Step 1

Materials needed:

wooden edging
wood stain or preservative
string
half moon cutter
hammer or rubber mallet
scrap piece of wood

Step 2

Lay Out Border Edging Before Inserting in Ground

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prepare wood.

Wooden edging should be painted or treated with a wood preservative to prevent it from rotting. Do this at least 24 hours prior to inserting the edging panels into the ground.

Step 3

Use Half Moon Cutter to Create Groove for Edging

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mark the spot for edging.

Peg a line of string taut along the desired edge, and use a half moon cutter to create a groove in the turf to a depth of about 3 inches. Remove any excess turf, and push back some soil so it will be easier to insert the edging

Step 4

Tap In Edging with Rubber Mallet

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Insert edging into ground.

Place the sections of wooden edging over the groove, and lightly tap them down using a hammer or rubber mallet. Place a piece of wood between the hammer and the edging to avoid damaging it.

Step 5

Bricks Laid Flat Make Smart Looking Border

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Consider alternatives to wood edging:

Wide Brick Edge

Laid flat, bricks give a smart finish to a lawn and are suitable for both formal and informal areas. If they are laid beneath the level of the turf then they make an ideal mowing edge.

Step 6

Brick Diamond Border has Rustic Appeal

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Brick Diamonds

For an attractive rustic effect, bricks can be laid on their sides around the edge of the lawn. They should be laid diagonally with about half of the brick in the soil and the remainder above ground.

Step 7

Vistorian Style Stone Adds Formality to Lawn

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Victorian-Style Stone

Giving a sense of formality to a lawn, this style of edging looks good in the gardens of Victorian townhouses where it will complement the architecture. This style is also popular in terra-cotta.