How To Edge Your Garden Bed

Tired of yanking out handfuls of grass that somehow manages to grow in among your flowers? Want your flowerbeds to have that crisp, sculpted look seen in gardening magazines? It’s easier than you think! Just use the right tools, and you can transform the look of your landscape in one afternoon. Here are 10 simple steps to follow:

  1. Defining the boundary between your lawn and your garden will make your flowerbeds look groomed and well cared for. Use a garden hose or string to create a layout of your design and mark a line to follow. Straight lines are fine, but for an informal look, consider making wider curves while edging – this will be much easier to maintain throughout the season.
  2. Remove any old edging from your garden bed, and any debris in your way.
  3. Choose to do this project on a day after a rainfall – when the soil is moist, it’s easier to dig in.
  4. Use a heavy-duty tool such as the Weasel Edger-Chopper to dig out a trench, following the line you made with your hose or string. Place the blade on your line, and push down on the footplate. Wiggle the edger back and forth once or twice to form a shallow trench along your flowerbed. Remove the tool from the soil and continue making your way along your line.
  5. Once that’s done, use a shovel to remove the grass or turf between your flowerbed and your new edge.
  6. Refine your edge so that you have a four- to six-inch trench.
  7. Spread at least two or three inches of mulch over the soil to prevent weeds from growing in, spreading it out with a rake and creating a gentle slope from the bottom of your new edge and the top of your flowerbed.
  8. If you’ve made your flowerbeds bigger, divide or transplant some perennial plants that seem crowded together into the new area. Water thoroughly.
  9. Leave your newly designed border as is, or install some edging material, such as concrete pavers, plastic or metal edging. Or, get creative by repurposing or upcycling other materials for a whimsical, arty look: upside-down bottles, logs, rocks, shells, bricks, flowerpots or even vintage plates.
  10. For a super-sharp edge, clip any remaining grass blades by hand vertically along your newly dug trench using garden shears.

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