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How to Install Commercial Steel Edging

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.

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 at the end of the layout, an easy way is to repeat the corner bend procedure and 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 with the top of the edging and all the pieces are driven about halfway into the ground.

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

Your Col-Met edging will now stay neatly and firmly in place for years to come.

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