How to Use Cobblestone Edging


Cobblestone edging lets you create definite borders and edges for various landscaping projects, from pathways to flower beds and driveways. Cobblestone edging transforms simple landscaping projects into neat and organized yard and garden art that appears professionally installed. You can use cobblestone throughout your landscaping projects and enhance the curb appeal of your outdoor spaces within a few hours, as laying cobblestone edging takes little time and effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Garden spade
  • Herbicide
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Scissors
  • Loose-fill
  • Choose a landscaping element in your yard or garden to edge with cobblestone. Cobblestone edging works well for loose-fill items like gardens and pathways that contain gravel, as the cobblestone serves as a barrier to prevent the gravel, soil or mulch from spreading under traffic or erosion. However, you can also use cobblestone edging against solid stone walkways, driveways and patios to enhance the décor of your outdoor spaces.

  • Measure the width of your cobblestone pieces and use this width to create a similar-sized trench along the edges of the landscaping element. Dig only deep enough to remove the sod layer from this area; use a small garden spade to simplify this step.

  • Apply herbicide to the ground inside the excavated area, then unroll and cut the plastic sheeting to fit into the trench. This prevents grass and various other plants from growing between the cobblestone edging pieces.

  • Install the cobblestone pieces into the trenches. Place the cobblestones end-to-end, leaving no gaps between any stones.

  • Place more mulch, gravel or other loose-fill items into flower beds, gardens and walkways. Leave the level of loose-fill approximately 1 inch below the top of the cobblestone edging.

Tips & Warnings

  • For the best results, use cobblestone edging pieces of a uniform width and size.
  • To enhance the visual appeal of cobblestone edging placed against stone walkways, use stone that differs in shade or texture from the walkway.

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