If you want an elegant touch for your garden area, add a stone edging, often called paver edging. Adding a stone edging is attractive, but it also keeps weeds under control, and it defines a mowing edge. You should be able to lay the edging yourself with no landscaping experience. Here are some tips to install a stone garden edging.
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
- work gloves
- tape measure
- string or hoses
- landscape spray
- hand tamper or digging bar
- shovel, stakes
- course sand
- wheel barrow or wagon
- plastic barrier (optional)
- landscaping stones
Draw an outline of the garden on paper, and determine a placement for the edging. Outline the area with hoses, or drive stakes in the ground, and place strings around them.
If you use hoses, mark the outline with landscape spray, and remove the hoses. Don't make tight corners, since it would involve cutting the stones to size.
Measure the area to figure the amount of stones needed. Stones are commonly around one foot, so divide the perimeter by twelve for the number of stones needed. Rock edging can be any shape, but buy rocks of similar sizes to create symmetry.
Dig the Trench
Measure the height and width of each stone. Dig the trench slightly wider as wide as the widest stone, and to a depth one-half inch less than the height of the stone. Toss dirt into a wheelbarrow or wagon.
Tamper the soil that remains in the trench with the hand tamper. If the trench is narrow, use a digging bar to pack dirt. Add sand to the bottom of the trench for better drainage, and tamper the sand.
You don't have to install a plastic weed blocker, but it helps save time on pulling weeds later. Cut and place the strips on the edge of the trench.
Lay the Stones
Set the stones in the trench backfilling it on the grass side with the soil you removed earlier. If you have multiple size stones, place one of similar size and shape together. Tap the stones with a mallet to make them even.
Fill spaces with native soil until it matches the soil grade. Pick loose grass blades from the soil.
If the edging is being installed between a garden and gravel path or concrete path, use gravel to fill the trench on the gravel or concrete side. Spread mulch on the grass side of the trench until it reaches soil grade, or add it an angle from the flower bed using the same mulch as the flower bed.
A stone garden edging gives your yard a rustic look, and it is practical. If you don't trust yourself to do the job, or you need ideas, contact a landscaper (like All Season Landscaping).