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How to Install COL-MET's Patented Attached Stake Edging System

Remove the Attached Stakes

Video demonstration available HERE.

There are two stakes attached to each end of the edging pieces. Before starting your installation project, put on a pair of work gloves and snap the stakes off all the edging pieces that you plan to use. Use a tool with a long handle to do this (channel locks, vise grips or crescent wrench), images 1 & 2 at right. You will then have four separate stakes for each piece.

Design and Prepare the Bed

Lay out the line where your edging is to be installed. A garden hose works well for contours and boards or taut lines can be used for straight line plans.

With a Sharpshooter type spade, cut a thin trench about 5 or 6 inches deep along your guides. Be sure not to leave any parts of the trench uncut.

Starting at one end, position the edging upright along the trench line with the stakes on the inside of the bed. Do this by slipping the stakes through the stake pockets just far enough to hold the edging pieces upright and in place. Make the overlap connections with stakes as you go. (Images 3 & 4 above).

Hand form the edging to match the curved portions of the trench line.

Right angle corners or sharp bends can be made with Col-Met "2 Ft. Easy Bend Edging" or with "Corner Stakes" or you can make a good corner bend like this: Mark a straight vertical line on the inside of the edging where the bend will be made. With a hacksaw, make a slight score cut along the line and then, along the same line, make a one inch long cut up from the bottom. This weakens the edging at this bend point and makes it easy to hand form an accurate corner.

If you need to cut off the edging, you should first score a line using a hacksaw then bend the edging back and forth until it snaps off.

Finish the Job

Now, with the edging and all the stakes in place on top of the trench, you are ready to complete the installation.

With a small sledge or heavy hammer, tap all the stakes part way down. Repeat this until all the stakes are flush (Image 6 above) with the top of the edging and all the pieces are driven about halfway into the ground. (Images 5 & 6 above).

Use of vinyl trim cap is recommended on top of edging around swimming pools, playgrounds, etc..

Your Col-Met edging will now stay neatly and firmly in place for years to come. (Image 7 above).

  • If you are fortunate enough to live in a location with soft soil, no trenching is needed at all! Simply place your edging on top of the ground where desired, protect the top of the edging with a 2x4 or similar and using your 3 lb. mallet, hammer it in to the desired depth.
  • Always make sure that after your job is complete the stakes are seated fully in the pockets so the top of the stakes are flush with the top of the edging. You never want the top of the stake higher than the edging.
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