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Create a Border Using Edging Stones

Stone edging provides a functional solution for outlining patios, walkways, gardens and other landscape elements. You can use it alone or as the perfect complement to pavers and walls. Stone borders are long-lasting, require little or no maintenance and are a perfect partner for your flowers or plants.

Patio with Edging Stone Border.

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Creating the Border

Step 1

Measure and mark your project area.

Caution

Before beginning any excavation, check for underground utilities. Call the North America One Call Referral Service at 1-888-258-0808 (or just dial 811) for a national directory of utility companies.

Step 2

Using a shovel, dig a trench along the area you marked. The trench should be roughly 2 inches to 3 inches deep, depending on your edging stones. Keep the loose earth nearby to fill in around your edging stones once you place them.

Step 3

Add leveling sand to your trench and compact it with a tamper.

Step 4

Place the edging stones in the trench. Use a carpenter’s level to check for level. On curved sections, you can use a torpedo level. Add sand and use a mallet to level stones as needed.

Step 5

Fill in any open spaces with the loose earth to secure the edging stones.