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Corrugated iron being cut by a Bunnings team member with heavy duty shears

Overview

Garden edging provides a good, sturdy barrier for your garden bed. It helps contain mulch and keeps everything looking neat and tidy. We'll show you how to put in two types of edging - plastic and corrugated garden edging.

Steps

1Dig trench for plastic edging

Dig a trench along your garden bed. The trench should be deep enough so that the plastic edging goes down about half way. Each piece of edging should easily clip onto each other so assemble as you move along your trench. 

Plastic picket garden edging being pushed into place in a trench dug around a garden bed

2Secure the edging with pegs

Once your edging in is the trench, peg it into the ground on the back. Fill up the trench behind the edging back with the soil you dug out and then compact it to hold the edging firmly in place.

Metal pins used to pin down plastic garden edging

3Measure and cut your corrugated edging

Roll out the corrugated garden edging and measure to the dimensions of your garden bed. Using tin snips carefully cut the edging a little longer than you need. Make sure you wear gloves to avoid the sharp edges.

Corrugated iron being cut by a Bunnings team member with heavy duty shears

4Secure your corrugated edging

After you have dug your trench, put the corrugated edging into the ground. It should go about half way down into the trench. Peg the edging in every metre, and backfill the trench with your dirt and you'll have a sturdy garden edging.

Large metal pegs used to pin down garden edging made from corrugated iron

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.