Add mulch to a flowerbed to retain moisture and reduce irrigation.

How to Edge With Anchor Stakes

by Mary Lougee

Landscape edging provides a clear visual boundary between areas of your lawn around shrubs and trees or garden areas. Edging contains the soil and mulch inside the bed without spillage onto your lawn. Installing edging correctly includes the use of anchor stakes to keep your edging from moving due to a large amount of rainfall. Installing edging correctly eliminates the need for use of a string trimmer around flowerbeds and reduces lawn maintenance time.

1 Put on your personal protection gear of leather gloves and safety glasses.

2 Unroll rubber edging or separate lengths of plastic edging and place them on the ground to warm in a sunny area of your lawn. Warmth from sunlight helps edging to soften slightly and results in more malleability.

3 Decide what shape you want your flowerbed to be. Pour flour on the ground where you want your edging. This is especially helpful to mark round or other shapes that are not square or rectangular with straight lines.

4 Measure the height of your edging and subtract 1 inch. Dig a trench on your flour outline the depth of your edging height minus 1 inch. The trench width needs only to be about 2 inches for edging placement.

5 Place landscape edging pieces into the trench with the rounded end at the top and the grooves facing inward toward the flowerbed.

6 Slide anchor holes into landscape edging that has a trench system on the flowerbed side of the edging. Place the anchor adaptors about 32 inches apart. Other types of edging have holes pre-drilled for anchors or round areas formed into each edging piece for anchors.

7 Add landscape connectors at each junction of edging, if your product uses them. Some types slide into the top round, exposed area. Slide half of the connector into each piece of edging and press this type together. Some types of edging snap together on each end. Connect this type and press them together inward until you hear an audible "click."

8 Place the pointed tip of an anchor stake into an anchor hole. Pound the anchor into the soil with a rubber mallet until the top touches the top of the anchor hole. Anchor stakes generally insert perpendicular to the ground. Continue around the perimeter with anchor stakes.

9 Replace the soil dug from the trench on the inside of the edging to help hold it in place. Tamp the soil down with your feet.

Items you will need

  • Leather gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Landscape edging
  • Edging connectors
  • Flour (optional)
  • Measuring tape
  • Spade
  • Rubber mallet

Tips

  • Using flour for lawn marking is a natural product that dissolves into the soil upon the first rain or irrigation cycle.
  • Leaving 1 inch of landscape edging exposed holds soil in place and doesn't interrupt mowing patterns, since most lawns heights are 1 1/2 to 2 inches tall.

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