A small amount of time invested in edging a stone walk offers a long-term solution to trimming and weeding chores, allowing you to concentrate on more enjoyable garden tasks. Edging also adds one of the final touches to garden designs, whether it's hardscaping materials, such as sawtooth bricks, log rolls or gathered stones, or the softer lines created by durable low-growing plants. Materials should reflect and complement garden style.
Mark an edge with a line and stakes, alongside the stone walk. Place the line level at the same distance parallel to the walk throughout, using a ruler to check. It should be wide enough to accommodate the edging material, plus 2 inches to allow space for filling.
Dig along the line with an edger or sharp spade along the line level, facing the stone walk and levering the soil up toward it. Remove the sod or soil.
Dig a trench with a spade between the walk and the edging line, deep enough to accommodate the edging material. Place the excavated soil on the stone walk.
Reset the marker line to the required final height throughout, and check it with a level.
Lay hard landscaping material in the trench and tamp it down with the rubber mallet. The material should be level with the marker line height. Remove or add soil at the base of the trench if heights are uneven.
Scoop soil from the walk to fill in gaps, and smooth it down. Tamp the soil in gently.
Mark and dig an edging border wide enough to accommodate plant dimensions. Dig a trench deep enough so that the soil surface in the plant containers is level with the surrounding ground.
Place the plants in the trench, spaced according to final dimensions. Fill in gaps with soil and firm plants gently in place.
Water plants thoroughly. Repeat watering as necessary and avoid walking on plants until they are established.