Once upon a time, my gardener brother showed me how he edged his flowerbeds like the pro he is. And I’ve been using this method ever since.
It’s easier than you may think, very cost effective, and you will NOT believe how this transforms an entire backyard!
Every so often I get asked how in the world I achieved my flowerbed edges and maintain them. So it was time to share my (brother’s) secrets.
Does this look familiar? It happens to the best of us. Mess meets sunken pirate treasure.
Soil is the same height as lawn.
Unsightly grass overgrown flower bed edges.
Not enough breathing space between cut edge and plants.
The flowers are pretty!
However the overall look is not. Everything’s overgrown, requiring a trim and those flower bed edges are needing to be freshened up with a new sharp cut.
How to edge flowerbeds like a pro
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What you’ll need:
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 with a garden trowel, 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. Using a garden trowel, create a trench along your fresh cut, mounding the soil up towards your 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.
Your grass clippings can be easily scooped up by hand to clean things up or left to compost.
You can also accomplish this with a twisted upside down weed trimmer, (HERE is one similar to mine) however you will NOT achieve the same quality as when cut with a sharp blade.
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 I cut flowerbed edge shapes, I like gentle curves that fit a lawnmower’s turn. Curves visually soften outdoor spaces and are a more natural look vs. straight perfect lines.
A little breathing space in between the cut edge and plants is nice too. It offers a cleaner look and is easier to maintain when mowing.
Aren’t those flowerbed edges pretty?
Here’s a little illustration of the flowerbed edge cutting.
How to maintain
Now know, there is a little maintenance to keeping this up. However if you stay on top of it, you won’t find it that much of an issue. The finished pro look this offers is so worth it!
1. Trim up the grass edges with your shears after each mow. Just like a fresh haircut, you won’t believe the difference this makes. 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, tap down, lift up, then straighten up the lawnmower 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 of the grass clippings will organically disappear.
This before shot above is a typical mid-summer look if left unattended. This is so easily fixed with just a little sweat equity!
The difference a quick cut and fluff makes along a flowerbed edge is absolutely astonishing! It does not even look like the same yard.
And if Jenna’s happy, I’m happy!
I think everyone should blog about their yard work. It appears to make me do mine…
And that was just one small glimpse. Once ALL your flowerbeds are trimmed like this, your flowerbeds will take on something that deserves a full-out garden tour!
And now it’s time to rest up until next time. Well done, Jenna!
Do you edge? What are your secrets?
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