• In this video, learn about landscape edging with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

    1. Flexible plastic landscape edging is difficult to install, virtually impossible to keep straight, and highly susceptible to frost heave.
    2. Cobblestone or brick edging is attractive, durable and relatively easy to install.
    3. Cobblestone or brick edging can be laid flat or stood on end and backfilled with concrete.
    4. Steel landscape edging installs easily in a shallow trench and is virtually undetectable.
    5. Hold steel edging in place with steel stakes.
    6. Use an edging tool to cut an air space between the lawn and planting bed.
    7. As grass grows, it'll hit the air space and not spread into the planting bed.
    • 2 to 4 hours for average-size planting bed
    • $4 to $6 for cobblestone, $2 to $4 for brick, $1.50 to $3 for steel
    • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
      Though the work can be tough on knees and back
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      Tools List

      • edger
        Edging tool, used to cut cleanly through lawn around perimeter of planting bed
      • corner-bead crimping tool and rubber mallet
        Rubber mallet, for tapping cobblestone or brick edging into place
      • sledge hammer
        Small sledgehammer, used to tap in steel stakes

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      Cobblestone or brick edging, preferred over flexible plastic edging

      Metal edging with stakes

      Concrete, used to backfill along cobblestone or brick edging