Installing Plastic Edging: 5 Little Known Tricks for Easiest Installation

Plastic landscape edging is both practical and inexpensive, making it a great landscape edging option for tons of people wanting to upgrade their landscape.

Even better news… installing plastic edging can be quick and easy if you educate yourself on tips and tactics — and do a little prep work — first!

Typically, plastic edging comes in kits that provide everything you’ll need for a successful installation.

These kits usually include the plastic edging pieces, stakes to provide stability, and connectors to allow your edging to flow seamlessly around your garden bed. Again, the plastic landscape edging process is relatively simple and can be accomplished in just a few hours.

To make the process of installing plastic edging even more simple, here are some tips and tricks:

Measure the desired area

To determine how much plastic edging you will need to cover the entire border of your garden bed, use a string or a flexible measuring tape, running it along the desired path for your edging. Once you have figured up the required length you will need, you’ll be ready to check out your plastic landscape edging options. You generally want to stay away from the cheapest plastic landscape edging because with such products you will typically get what you pay for in the long run. Meaning, the pieces will likely be super flimsy and will not last for more than a few months. If you would like to consider some top-quality plastic landscape edging, be sure to check out Grass Barrier HDPE plastic landscape edging!

Dig a shallow trench

By digging this trench, there will be a place to lay or insert your plastic landscape edging that will better secure it, while also keeping your grass’s root system from invading your garden bed. A shovel or other trench digging tool can be used for this. Depending on the height of your edging, you will want to dig the trench 2-4 inches deep and only about an inch or two wide, just enough to get your edging into the ground. Be sure to keep the dirt you’ve dug out nearby because you will need it later. (If you’ve chosen Grass Barrier, we have simple installation instructions for our specific product here.)

Insert plastic landscape edging

Lay your edging out along the trench line you’ve just dug. If your edging came in a roll, you may want to unroll it a day or two before you intend to install it, to allow it to flatten out of its rolled-up shape. Line your edging up as you see fit, then use the spare dirt you’ve saved to fill in the empty space around your plastic edging. This will provide your edging some stability to ensure it stays in place and does its job. (If you’ve chosen Grass Barrier, we have simple installation instructions for our specific product here.)

Add H2O

You are almost finished! All that is left to do is to add some water. Use a garden hose, walking alongside your edging watering the dirt you’ve just used to fill in the extra space. This will allow the dirt to settle firmly, holding your plastic edging in place. You can even lightly step on the dirt to pack it down even more if necessary.

Keep your leftovers

Collect any remaining plastic landscape edging pieces that you haven’t used and neatly roll it up or stack it together. These pieces will come in handy if you ever need to replace or add a new area.