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

Lay Out Border Edging Before Inserting in Ground

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ©2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

Use Half Moon Cutter to Create Groove for Edging

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ©2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

Tap In Edging with Rubber Mallet

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ©2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

Consider Alternatives to Wood Edging