Adding plastic lawn edging to a new lawn is one of my favorite ways to maintain the lawn. If you have ever mowed your lawn, then you know that plastic lawn edging can be an extremely helpful tool in keeping your lawn neat and tidy. It's also nice if you don't have a whole lot of grass to mow, or if your lawn tends to get a lot of traffic. These two scenarios can be very convenient in keeping the lawn neat and tidy. In a short amount of time, I was able to install plastic lawn edging over a stretch of my lawn that had a lot of traffic going through it.
The first thing that I did when I set out to do this was to unroll the plastic lawn edging to the length of my trench. Then I went about setting up my trench. I used concrete for the foundation, but I just laid down the grass edgings and spread them evenly on the ground. Go against the grain of your grass, slip it into the hole, thus putting it right on top of your grass, so that the edge of your new edgings is right at the base of your grass.
Once I had the grass edgings on the ground, I then used landscape stakes to stake my newly laid-in edgings down. Make sure to dig them all the way to the bottom. This will help keep soil from shifting and expanding while you are working. Now, I dug some holes into the holes that I built in the soil to be the foundation for the edgings. Once I had done this, I then placed my landscape stakes in the holes and placed my lawn edgings in. This helped me get a good even look all around my edgings.
The next step that I took when I laid my plastic lawn edging, was to make my master mark. This is where I would put my name in to let people know that this area was mine. I didn't want any hidden meanings, so I wanted my personal details right at my fingertips. I would use a sharpie marker or something small and easy to clean. After I made my master mark, I then placed my landscape stakes around this point.
This is the point where I would work on my garden. I started by digging a hole near my work well. Then I placed my landscape stakes here, around my garden work well, and then I laid the plastic lawn edging directly over this. This would help even out the area and would also work well to stop any weeds from growing in my garden.
After this, I then created another trench about two to three feet inside of my first trench. I dug another hole about two feet deeper, and then I laid my plastic lawn edging. I used my garden stakes to line this second trench, and I laid another set of landscape stakes in the first trench. This is how I created three separate trenches and then filled them with soil. Now I had three separate areas of garden work that I could work in, all with the same type of landscape fabric.
When I went to actually plant my plants in these trenches, I created a series of patterns on the plastic lawn edging. I put circles on one side and squares on the other, and then I dug my first trench about three inches deep. I then repeated this process for each of my circles and squares, so that I would create a pattern that would give my garden for a flowing quality. I placed some of my seed beads in the holes to start to do some of my early work, and then I worked in my soil, using the garden stakes I had already laid in my first trench.
After I finished digging my first trench, I then used a spade to do the next one. I started on one end of each circle or square, but once I was done digging, I turned around and dug on one end of my trench, and then on the opposite side. This way, I created a loop of soil that extended from one end of my plastic lawn edging to another. I placed some of my flower seeds in this loop, and I was finished!