How to put plastic edging around a tree

How to Lay Edging Around a Tree | Home Guides

By SF Gate Contributor Updated July 13, 2021

Trees in the landscape are subject to frequent abuse from lawn mowers and weed trimmers. Wounds such as these make trees more susceptible to disease and could kill young trees. Laying edging around a tree forms a protective border between the lawn and tree. Add mulch around the tree within the edging lines to suppress weed growth and retain moisture in the soil to benefit the tree. Potential edging materials include brick, stone, wood, cement and polyvinyl, each with their own benefits. Bricks overlapped at an angle create a formal look around trees and are easy to lay in a circle.

  1. 1. Create an Outline

    Lay a hose on the ground around the tree or spray the ground with landscape paint to create an outline for the edging. A circle is common around trees in landscapes, but you can also do a square.

  2. 2.

    Remove the Grass

    Remove the grass from around the tree if any exists, being careful not to disrupt or injure the tree's roots. You can dig the ground and remove the grass or cut out the sod with a sod cutter. Replace the hose if it had to be moved while removing the grass.

  3. 3. Dig a Trench

    Dig a trench around the tree, following the hose as the outline. The trench should be approximately 1 1/2 times as wide as the bricks, about 3 inches deep and with straight sides, advises Lowe's. Pack the dirt inside the trench to make the ground level. You should be able to do this with your foot, a shovel or a hand tamper tool.

  4. 4. Lay the Bricks

    Lay one brick on its side inside the trench. The face of the brick faces out and the length runs side to side. This is a temporary brick used to start the edging. Lay another brick inside the trench so the face of the brick faces out and it rests diagonally to the first brick at a 45-degree angle. Place the next brick inside the trench diagonally against the previous brick. Continue this pattern around the tree to create a sawtooth look. When you complete the circle, the straight brick should be between two diagonal bricks.

  5. 5. Position the Bricks

    Remove the first brick you laid, the straight brick, while holding up the brick that rests against it. While you hold up the diagonally placed brick, rotate the first brick and slide it in place diagonally to complete the edging.

  6. 6. Adjust the Spacing of the Bricks

    Adjust the spacing of the bricks as necessary to achieve even spacing between each brick. The starter brick takes up more space when laid straight than when positioned diagonally, so there will be a small gap. The gap may be so unnoticeable that adjustments aren't necessary.

  7. 7. Set the Bricks in Place

    Tap each brick with a rubber mallet to set it in place in the soil. The bricks won't drive too far into the soil, but will only settle slightly.

  8. 8. Add the Soil

    Fill in the trench around the bricks with the soil removed when you dug the trench. Pack the soil firmly in the small, triangle-shaped gaps left by the diagonal placement. Part of each brick should be visible above ground when you fill in the trench.

  9. 9. Add a Layer of Mulch

    Add 2 to 4 inches of mulch around the tree within the circle created by the brick edging, instructs Davey. Don't pack mulch directly against the tree trunk. Cover any exposed roots with an inch of mulch at a time over several weeks to allow the roots to adjust. Completely covering an exposed root with as little as 3 inches of soil or mulch could suffocate the tree.

    Things You Will Need


  • Davey: Guide to Edging Around Trees and Mulch Beds
  • Lowe's: Create a Border Using Edging Stones


  • You can use any type of brick for this project, from brick pavers to masonry bricks salvaged from a previous project.

How to Edge Around Trees & Mulch Beds | Davey Blog

When looking at a professionally maintained yard or landscape, you may wonder what about it looks so clean and appealing. You may have the same plants, trees, or even the same design, but you still feel something is missing.

A small but important detail in landscaping is edging. Edging creates a border around a tree or garden to keep mulch from migrating off your treescape or flower beds and into your yard. It also provides a barrier for weeds, grass, and other nuisance plants and creates a tidy appearance to your property.

Edging may seem like a complicated process but by breaking it down, you can easily accomplish that pristine look to your yard in no time.

How to Create Edges Around Your Mulch Beds (Trees, Garden)

There are a few different types of methods and materials you can use to edge your garden or tree. Spade-cut edging is the simplest type of border. It involves using a spade to dig a narrow trench around the outside of the bed or tree you are setting apart. Other types of edging include:

  • Strip edging: Consists of a shallow barrier anchored beneath the ground with the top part of the edging visible to subtly set apart the grass and section you want to be separated. Strip edging works best for creating curves and comes in plastic and metal varieties.
  • Masonry edging: Composed of stone, brick, or concrete. Masonry edging is the most expensive type. Stone is attractive and allows you to match new borders with any existing stonework in your yard, while concrete borders come in pre-formed sections of different shapes and styles. This makes concrete an easily installed piece.
  • Wood edging: Comes in precut sections of alternating heights, either as round logs or flat boards. Wood edging is durable and affordable. The types of wood used for these pieces are mostly cedar, cypress, and redwood, which naturally resist rot.

Edging Around Flower & Garden Beds

The most common form of edging around a flower and garden bed is the spade-cut version. To do this, follow these edging steps:

  1. You should face the garden bed and use the spade to slice into turf repeatedly until you’ve outlined the entire bed
  2. Once you’ve contoured the edging’s shape to your desire, face away from the bed and slice into the turf at an angle to sever the grass.
  3. Remove the clods and dispose or compost them. This creates a v-shaped trench that slows migration of grassroots into the bed and prevents mulch migration.
  4. If desired, you can also add wood, metal, concrete, or plastic edging for extra support and decoration.

The biggest disadvantage of digging the trench is having to periodically re-dig it. If you decide to add wood, metal, concrete, or plastic to your edging, there are a few disadvantages to those as well. Steel and concrete are the most expensive, and concrete is a permanent option that can settle and crack over time. Plastic can be unreliable—it’s difficult to install and can lift out of the ground easily, causing grass and weeds to come through the edging.

Deciding on which method or material to use for your edging is dependent on your lawn goals and willingness to maintain the edge.

How to Edge & Mulch Around A Tree

Mulching around a tree has several benefits. The mulch insulates the soil and provides a buffer from heat and cold. It retains water to help roots stay moist and keeps weeds out to avoid root competition. Mulch also may decrease soil compaction over time and reduces lawnmower damage. With so many benefits, it only makes sense to ensure your mulch stays in place around the tree. Here are the steps for mulching around a tree:

  1. Edging and mulching around a tree starts with shoveling patches of grass (make sure you don’t scrape tree roots!) within a 3-foot area for a tree up to 10 feet tall and up to 2-4 inches deep
  2. If a section is hard to dig, don’t force it! It could be a small root lying under that portion of turf
  3. Once the grass is removed, apply 2-4 inches of mulch all the way around the tree to the drip line, making sure to leave some space around the trunk.
  4. The dripline of a tree is the edge of the canopy where water would runoff. To measure the dripline, measure the diameter of the tree’s crown.

What Not To Do When Edging in Your Landscape

There are three common mistakes people make while edging a landscape. In order to be successful in your project, make sure you avoid these missteps:

  • Preparation: To avoid unexpected or last-minute changes to design, walk around your yard with a notebook and pencil to sketch out your desired configuration. Keep growing space in mind to avoid the edge getting covered by mature growth or shrubs while making your sketch.
  • Budgeting: Most edging materials are sold by the foot. Measure the distance you want to edge using the foot-to-foot technique to get an approximate measurement and help set a price point.
  • Soil preparation: Prepare supporting edge soil against unwelcome grass and weed growth through your weed deterrent of choice.

Now that you know how to edge your garden and trees, figure out which mulch works best for your garden!


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Bath edging with tiles along the perimeter

If when decorating living rooms there are no questions with the choice of skirting boards (they are matched to the ceiling or floor), then when decorating a bath, everything is different. This is a room with high humidity and special requirements for hygiene. In addition, in most cases, the bathroom is tiled, which creates certain difficulties in the selection and installation of the edging around the bath.

Which skirting board to choose for a given room, and how to install it correctly and securely, you will learn from this article.

The edging gives the bathtub an aesthetically complete look

Varieties of edging for the bathing tank

In the past, tiles cut into thin strips were used to mask the joint formed after the installation of the bathtub. Modern technologies make it possible to do it whiter and faster.

Ceramic frieze

In a tiled room, a ceramic border would be appropriate. Such a plinth between the bathroom and the wall will mask all the joints, protecting them from water ingress. The material tolerates temperature changes well, does not change its color, has a different pattern.

Practical and aesthetic ceramic bath skirting, photo

ceramics can be damaged by a strong blow, but if treated with care, they will last a long time.

Plastic molding

In the design of the bathroom, you can also use a plastic bath skirting board. It is inexpensive, lightweight, has a soft rubber band around the edges, which contributes to better adhesion to the wall and sides of the tank. The most commonly used plastic baseboard for a two-piece bath. First, a mounting plate is attached to the wall, and a decorative part is installed on top of it.

Plastic border complete with corners and end caps

When choosing a skirting board for an acrylic bathtub, give preference to colored products. The white PVC border may turn yellow over time.

Tape edging

If you want to simplify the installation of the edging on the bathing tank, choose L (a roll of thin self-adhesive flexible tape). Before gluing the product, the surface on which it will be mounted should be well leveled and dried.

Self-adhesive bath skirting board available in various colors

If you do not properly prepare the surface for gluing the bathtub skirting board, then water can get in there and the border will peel off.

These are the main tank edgings. Planks made of wood, MDF are not suitable for these purposes, since they do not resist moisture well.

Installation of ceramic edging

Although the bath skirting board is a simple product, but, given the specific use of the bathroom, a number of rules should be followed when installing it. Only then the product will organically fit into the interior of the room, and will last as long as possible.

How to glue the skirting board on the bathtub? First you need to take measurements, and make markings on the walls along which the curb will be laid. Further, with the help of a grinder, ceramic planks are sawn to the required dimensions.

When cutting, use special diamond discs with a fine coating, which will not damage the glaze and the edges of the plank.

The joint between the bathtub and the wall is cleaned and dried.

Ceramic planks can be mounted with tile adhesive, sealant. It is applied along the perimeter of the joint, and then a bar is applied, slightly pressing it.

Installation of ceramic borders

Finally, the bottom and top edges of the skirting board are sealed with tile grout.

To seal the bathroom edging, it is better to choose a special moisture-resistant compound.

Laying the ceramic skirting board on the bath - the final step

Installing the PVC border

The plastic edging can be divided into:

  • bath skirting board on the tile - installed after tiling, on top of it;
  • under tile - mounted in front of the tile, provides better waterproofing. But if it is necessary to replace the curb, the coating will have to be dismantled.
Installing the bath skirting under and over tiles

You can install the border around the bathing tank yourself. Visually demonstrate how to install the product video:


Plinth is an essential element for the bath. Having opted for a certain product, remember that it must perform the main functions: protect walls from moisture, mold, hide minor repair flaws, give the interior a complete look.

How to cut and glue corners on door and window sills - Renovation School

Once the doors and windows are in place, finishing the sills is usually the final step. To hide small roughness and give a complete aesthetic look, many use ready-made corners. How to cut and glue a corner of plastic, cork or MDF? Below are detailed instructions for their installation.

Why is it necessary to fix corners on slopes

Let's start with the most important thing - why is it necessary? What role do the corners play - only decorative or do they have more serious functions? We will not argue with the fact that if you frame the slopes of doors or windows with special decorative elements that fit perfectly into the design of the room, then the interior will immediately change for the better.

Corners will protect the slopes from damage

But besides this, they also perform a very important protective function. Sooner or later, you have to carry large items through the opening, which is fraught with damage to the corners, and you can simply accidentally touch the outer corner and damage it. There can be a lot of situations, most importantly, the result is the same - a damaged surface and, accordingly, a look. In addition, as practice shows, most often the wallpaper begins to peel off in these places. So it is best to protect the outer corner of the slope with a decorative element, which will also transform the interior.

Corners provide not only protection but also a neat aesthetic appearance

Plastic, wood or MDF - which one to choose?

Having made sure that the installation of corners is not just a whim, but a necessity, we will study the construction market in order to make the right choice. These products are divided into types depending on the material from which they are made. So, the corner can be plastic, wooden, bamboo, made of cork or MDF. Absolutely each type has its pros and cons, we will consider them in more detail.

Plastic corners are made by hot bending a PVC sheet. Basically, they have the same width of the shelves - from 10 to 40 mm in 5 mm increments. However, there are asymmetric specimens, for example, 10x25 mm, but regardless of this parameter, the angle between the sides is 90 degrees. If it is necessary to transform the arched opening, then this is done using a special flexible profile. Their advantages can be called a relatively low cost, they do not need to be painted, unlike the same tree.

The next view is cork corners. Such decorative elements are quite often used for arched openings, but this does not mean at all that their use is limited only to this area. They can also be used for finishing slopes of various shapes. Cork has a number of advantages, including strength, fire resistance, practicality and environmental friendliness. In principle, such a material has practically no disadvantages, except that if your pet wishes to sharpen its claws on it, this will damage the surface.

It is also worth noting wooden and bamboo products, which will always be signs of excellent taste and will fit into almost any interior. In addition, we must not forget about their environmental friendliness. True, such elements are somewhat more expensive than their counterparts from other materials, and besides, they often need to be painted. Another material such as MDF can also be compared with natural wood, only it costs significantly lower, because wood dust is used to create it.

Photo gallery: finishing materials


It can be seen that the assortment is quite extensive, and there is plenty to choose from. But what is the guideline for this? Of course, no matter how much we would like, but almost always the budget is limited. Therefore, first of all, we have to proceed from our financial situation. As mentioned above, plastic products have a very reasonable price, while their appearance is not much inferior to analogues made from natural materials. But, besides the price, you should also pay attention to the fact that these decorative elements harmoniously fit into the design of the room.

For arches, you should purchase special arched corners of different sexes, they ideally maintain their position when bent. Please note that the wider the sides of this element, the greater the load it can withstand.

Installation of corners on window or door slopes

Having understood what these products are made of, what their features are and having decided on the choice, you should learn how to install corners on slopes. Detailed instructions are given below.

What kind of glue to use

In addition to the corners themselves, we also need an adhesive, with which we will fasten the selected element. When choosing it, it is worth remembering that quite often, especially if it is necessary to glue a narrow product, the glue seeps out from under it and, naturally, falls on the walls. As a result, the latter can be damaged, which, accordingly, will negatively affect the appearance of the room as a whole. Therefore, you should choose such an adhesive composition, the excess of which can be removed from the surface.

Mostly the corners are glued to new slopes, but nevertheless make sure that the surface is relatively even, as no decoration can hide large bumps. It should be free of foreign objects such as nails, screws, etc. It must also be degreased, white spirit is suitable for this purpose.

How to cut correctly

Before discussing how to attach corners to slopes, you should know how to cut them correctly. After all, this stage of everything is the most time-consuming and, perhaps, even the most important, since it depends on how much their edges will join, and this directly affects the aesthetic appearance of the entire room. It is best to trim with a hacksaw with a fine tooth. First you need to measure the length of the opening, then we put marks on the corner itself so that the segment corresponds to this parameter. Then we cut off the part that will be adjacent directly to the slope strictly according to the marks, and the part that is to the wall - at an angle of 45 °.

To cut the corner, use a hacksaw with fine teeth

How to glue

Finally, we got to the main question, how to stick the corners on the slopes. However, before proceeding directly to fixing, it is necessary to carry out, so to speak, a fitting. After making sure that everything is trimmed correctly, you can move on. We apply an adhesive solution in increments of approximately 10 cm to the inside of the corner, at the junction of the sides. At this stage, the mounting gun will be an indispensable assistant. After that, quickly press the product to the surface and fix it in this position with masking tape. You should start with a horizontal slope, and then proceed to the side slopes. We remove excess sealant from the surface of the walls with a damp cloth and let it dry thoroughly. The tape can only be removed after 24 hours.

Video: fixing the corners on the window slopes

In this way, plastic corners can be placed on the window or door slopes. As you can see, there is nothing complicated in this process.

Video: how to cut and glue the corners on the door slopes

Having figured out what these products are made of, what their features are and having decided on the choice, you should learn how to install the corners on the slopes.

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