Garden Edging

Martha Stewart Living, June 2011

A wooden boundary gives a plant bed a tidy look.

Tools and Materials

  • Four wooden two-by-fours (2 cut to the length of your bed, and 2 cut to its width)
  • Shovel or trowel
  • 4 wooden 24-inch-long 2-by-2-inch stakes
  • Framing hammer
  • Heavy-duty hand saw
  • Drill
  • 8 exterior wood screws


1. Using 1 length of wood as a straightedge, dig a shallow, narrow trench for each two-by-four so that 1 inch of the edging will sit aboveground. Drop in the two-by-fours.

2. Fit a stake into a corner, and pound into the ground until at least 10 inches of stake is in the soil. Repeat at each corner.

3. Saw excess off stakes to create a flush edge with the two-by-fours.

4. Using drill, screw in 2 wood screws at each corner to stabilize.


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