Measure the edging type that you wish to use to get an idea of the width of the trench that you need to create for the edging. Press two stakes slightly wider than the edging where the edging is going to begin and end along the fence to designate the width of the garden edging.
Dig a trench in between the two stakes along the fence with a half moon edger. The trench must be at least 3 to 4 inches deep to prevent plants from escaping their growing area.
Smooth the bottom of the trench with a spade. Set a level at the bottom of the trench to ensure that it is even. Add dirt in low-lying areas.
Place the edging material in the trench. Butt the edges of the edging material sections carefully to prevent weeds from growing in between the material. To help align the edges of edging types like bricks or stone, use a rubber mallet.
Pack soil around both sides of the edging material. Allow the edging material to sit just above the soil line. Over time, edging generally settles into the ground.
Remove grass or ornamental plants underneath the fence by hand pulling or digging. Gardeners can also spray an herbicide that contains glyphosate to kill weeds under the fencing.
Things You Will Need
- Tape measure
- Half moon trowel
- Choose an edging material that complements the fencing. For example, use brick edging to reinforce the look of a brick fence.