How do I install a garden edging?

Step 1: Mark the area and create free space.

Mark the shape of your edging using stakes or a string. This will help you clearly define where you need to work. Then, dig approximately 20 to 25 centimeters (1 spade depth) within the border shape. Remove all weeds and their roots during this process.

Step 2: Installing the garden edging

To complete the created free space, place the edging along the edges you have marked and excavated. Examples of edging you can use for this purpose are the steel edging Multi-Edge METAL or one of our plastic edging options. After placing the edging, you can further arrange the border according to your preferences.


Step 3: Choose the plants

Once you have created the free space and installed the edging, it's time for the next step: choosing the plants for the border.

Here, it's wise to consider the following:

  • Keep a maximum number in mind
    • For taller plants (1 meter or higher), you can place 3 to 5 plants per square meter.
    • For smaller plants, you can increase this to 7 to 9 plants per square meter.
  • Do not use too much color
    • Using 2 or 3 colors per border is often sufficient. If you use a much higher number, the border may appear busy. While this can be attractive, it's typically only suitable for large gardens.

Step 4: Planting the plants

Planting the plants is a precise task. Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Remove the plants from their pots. Do this gently to avoid damaging the roots.
  2. Place the plants in the excavated soil. If necessary, dig a little deeper to prevent the plants from being too high. This can lead to dehydration.
  3. Fill in around the plants with the excavated soil and firmly press it down.

After completing these steps, your border planting is finished!

Installing garden edging with gravel or chippings

In addition to the option of planting in your border, you can also create a gravel border. For this, you can partially follow the steps outlined above. The first two steps are essentially the same. The only difference is that you don't need to dig as deep as when creating a edging with plants. In this case, a depth of 5 to 8 centimeters is sufficient (as we recommend a gravel/sand thickness of 5-8cm).

When creating a gravel border, it's important to consider weed growth. Weed growth can easily be prevented by using weed control fabric. Place the weed control fabric in the excavated area, and then lay the gravel or crushed stone on top of it. This weed control fabric prevents weeds from growing through the gravel, making it an essential component for establishing a low-maintenance border.


If you want to create a low border, take a look at all our edging options!