Edging is often the last thing on anyone’s mind, or on the end of a lengthy to-do list – but not for us. Here at the Garden Design Company, we like to think of edging like a finely tailored suit, or a really sharp haircut.

Edging finishes off your garden in a subtle yet effective way. We’ve naturally got some of the best quality edging on the market, so our guide today is designed to show off our wares and show you how to install edging so your garden looks its best.

Edging comes in all sorts of styles and shapes. Some of ours comes in a roll, and some come as individual pieces – a bit like mini fence panels. Some edging is hidden, and some is made to be seen. You can even install very subtle ‘logistical’ edging in the way of metal or plastic strips that separate the lawn from your garden bed. These are sunk into the border and work to keep everything where it should be – in secret. Edging can also be constructed with paving or brickwork if you want a more formalised look.

You can use edging all over the garden: along the edges of your lawn, to line a flowerbed, or to section off different areas of interest and design in your garden plan.

We’re going to show you how to install standard upright, wooden edging.


Firstly, work out exactly where you want to place your edging. Then measure the area carefully so you know how much you will need to do the job properly – there’s nothing worse than having to make another online order or rush to the local DIY store in the hope they will have the exact edging in stock.

Digging and Installation

Next off, dig a trench along the line where you want the edging to sit. Slot your edging in the trench and peg each section or piece into place. Fill in any gaps with the soil that you removed and pat it into place firmly with the back of your spade.

Planting tip

If you prefer a more relaxed look in your garden, consider planting trailing plants along the edge of your freshly installed edging. Trailing nasturtiums or perky bedding plants look beautiful pouring over the edge or peeking up behind it.

Depending on the height of your edging, work out a planting scheme that shows off the definition and contrast afforded by high quality edging. Consider taller plants like self-seeding borage, and lavender. A selection of grasses swaying gently in the breeze can also look stunning behind a perfectly installed row of edging.


One of the bonuses of installing edging is that you won’t need to strim your lawn edges or worry about mowing along your borders. Edging takes care of all of these chores so can be a great option for those of us who prefer an easy garden, and for those of us who find getting down on hands and knees a little troublesome.