Once upon a time, my gardener brother showed me how to edge flowerbeds like a pro. And I’ve been doing it ever since.
Every so often I get asked how I do it and maintain those edges. So I’m sharing my (brother’s) secrets today.
Does this look familiar? It happens to the best of us. Mess meets sunken treasure.
Not pretty. Everything’s a little overgrown and the soil is the same height as the lawn. Let’s fix it!
What you’ll need: (contains Amazon affiliate links)
half moon edger
hand garden trowel
hand garden cultivator
weed eater to maintain
1. Create the shape for your flowerbeds with a garden hose or heavy twine for guidance. Using a half moon edger, cut along your line.
If you are working a current flowerbed, recut a fresh edge.
Just like cutting cake. I like to hop on both sides at the same time, one jump at a time like a pogo stick.
2. Scoop out the cut chunks of turf.
I like to beat off as much soil as possible, then flip the turf chunks upside down in the compost pile.
If upside down, the grass will die and the works will turn into mulch/soil. If right side up, you’ll grow a new chunk of lawn in the compost. Then you’ll have to edge that… (kidding) (sort of)
3. Here’s the big deep dark secret. Trench your soil along the fresh cut, then mound the soil uphill towards the flower bed.
A trench creates a place for water to drain and soil to fall. And offers a shadow for a nice clean look. You wait and see!
4. With garden sheers, trim the grass edges horizontally and vertically for a nice sharp edge in all directions.
You can accomplish this with an upside down weed wacker, however you will NOT achieve the same quality as when cut with a sharp blade.
Although I do cheat, and use a weed eater to help maintain during the rest of the year (when pinched for time).
5. And then stand back and GASP at your awesomeness. This really makes an outstanding garden edge!
Ok, and water the soil too before you take pictures so it looks rich and full of nutrients.
Tip: when you cut flowerbed edges, attempt curvy shapes vs. straight. Round is more natural, just like nature, and is easier to maintain with a lawnmower.
Aren’t those flowerbed edges pretty?
Here’s a little illustration in hopes that it makes more sense if my first try didn’t fly.
How to maintain
1. Keep the edges trimmed every time you mow. And if the edges get overgrown a little, you can always recut new edges to start over again.
2. How to mow – I push the lawn mower along the edge, stop, rotate towards the soil, touch down, then face mower straight ahead again. I do this all along the edges to reduce the need to edge by hand horizontally.
3. Grass blades will fall onto the soil when you trim. A quick grab with your hand, then fluffing up the soil again will be sufficient. The rest will organically disappear.
If Jenna’s happy, I’m happy! NEXT.
I think everyone should blog about their yard work. It appears to be working here!
Do you edge? What are your secrets?