How to create flower bed edging like a pro!

This guide shares how to create flower bed edging like a pro using one simple garden tool! This is an easy DIY technique that offers instant and outstanding results! With video.

And be sure to visit Part 2 – How to freshen up flowerbed edges with more pictures

Every so often I get asked how in the world I achieve my rather impressive flower bed edges and maintain them. 

So it was time to share my pro gardener brother’s secrets!

How I learned this technique


As I was walking through my garden pro brother’s own yard, his english garden style flower beds were abundant and outstanding on their own. However upon closer inspection, what made them look so sharp was the perfect garden edge surrounding the entire perimeter of his yard.

Not a landscape timber, metal edging, plastic edging, brick edging nor any edging materials of any kind were anywhere to be seen. Just clean, simple, perfect lawn cuts that really made those flowerbeds pop!

What I loved most was how something so simple and clean looking could look so professional. And imagine having flower bed edges that would never deteriorate ever again!

I wanted in. So I requested a mini lesson on how to get this amazing look with just trimming.

After 1 quick lesson, I went right home, hauled out a simple garden edging tool I already had on hand and got to work. To my amazement, the results were instant, even though I didn’t really know what I was doing quite yet!

So if a beginner like me can get pro results in my own garden bed, I know you can too! I’ve now been doing this method for years, and it never gets old. My sidewalks always look sharp, there are no durability issues, and nothing to buy. Just beautiful garden borders that dramatically elevate the look of your yard. And soon, yours too!

It’s a little labour-intensive to start, but it gets easier after the initial job is complete.

Here’s how it’s done…

Be sure to catch the short video at the bottom of this post so you can see the technique in action!

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Does this overgrown flower bed edging look familiar? Let’s focus on the edge between the dirt and flower bed:



  • Soil is the same height as lawn.
  • Grass has grown over the edge into the flower bed.
  • Not enough breathing space between the lawn edge and plants.
  • Weeds need cleaning up.

At least the flowers are pretty… 

However this overall flower bed has overgrown plants, and the flower bed edging needs to be sharpened up.

I had thought of adding some landscape edging or rubber edging of some kind, but I didn’t want anything that would deteriorate over time. Edging stones are nice, but they can be tricky to trim or mow around.

So here’s how to create a clean flowerbed edge that will not only dramatically improve the curb appeal of your flower beds, you won’t believe how easy it is to do with one simple garden tool!

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How to create flower bed edging like a pro


Supplies I used:


half moon flower bed edger

hand garden trowel

hand garden cultivator (I like this set!)

garden shears

yard trimmer (this is mine)

rubber-dipped garden loves (my fav!)

knee pads

or garden kneeler

Shape the flowerbed


1. Create the shape for your flower beds in a gentle curve with a garden hose or heavy twine for guidance.

Make sure your landscape design includes curves that are relaxed enough to easily accommodate lawn mowers, without having to pull back your mower constantly to mow around tight corners.

Now grab your half moon edger next!

What is a half moon edger?


A half moon edger is a relatively inexpensive standard garden tool found at most any hardware store. They have a handle like a shovel, however it has a cutting blade at the end shaped in a half-circle, or half moon. This is so it can create garden bed edges easily.

How to cut flower bed edges with a half-moon edger

How to cut flower bed edges with a half moon edger


2. Using a half moon flower bed edger, position it along your guide rope, tilt it a little to the side, then step on it.

3. Lift the half moon edger slightly, (not all the way out of the ground) reposition further along, then cut yet again on a slight angle.

Keep repeating this process as if you are cutting a cake, until your entire edge is completely done.

This technique gets easier the more you do it!

Remove the turf


4. Scoop or dig out the chunks of turf.

I like to tap the soil off with a garden trowel, then flip the turf chunks upside down in the compost pile.

If upside down, the grass composts 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)

Dig a shallow trench


5. Using a garden trowel or small shovel or spade, create a shallow trench along your fresh lawn edge 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!

Mound up the soil


To mound the topsoil, (or gravel or landscape rock), dig into the bottom of the trench, then bring up the soil towards the flowerbed in a smooth gentle mound. If the mound is too steep, the soil will fall back into the trench again. Shallow is best.

Trim the lawn edges


6. With garden shears, trim the grass edges horizontally and vertically for a nice clean edge in both directions.

Do not trim the grass on an angle. This will soften your edge.

Your grass clippings can then be easily scooped up by hand to clean things up or left to compost.

My current favorite yard trimmer is this battery run Black and Decker model. Great for light duty lawn and flower bed trimming!
My fav yard trimmer (read post HERE)

You can also accomplish clean lawn edging with a yard trimmer head twisted upside down, (HERE is one similar to mine) however you will not achieve quite the same quality as when cut with garden shears. However it will be a lot quicker!

The outstanding flower bed edging results!


Then stand back and GASP at your awesomeness. This crisp and clean lawn edging really makes an outstanding landscaping edge!

Other lawn edging ideas to try this method against:


Don’t be afraid to experiment with other garden scenarios! There are plenty of options to use this garden edging technique anywhere you wish to create a beautiful and clean barrier for different styles or different looks!

  • vegetable gardens
  • driveways
  • garden pathways
  • river rock garden beds
  • cut against railroad ties
  • trim around boulders and other lawn features
  • concrete pavers

Straight edges vs. curves?


Both straight and curved edges have their place.

However I would avoid creating flower beds with lots of small curves. Create shapes that fit a lawnmower well which will make lawn mowing around the flower beds much easier.

My own preference is to also choose curves over straight lines where you can. Curves will visually softens outdoor spaces, appear more natural and will hide crooked lines more so than straight.

Allow some soil to show


A little breathing space in between the flower bed edge and plants will show contrast between the two for a cleaner look, and is easier to weed and mow.

Isn’t that lawn edging seriously gorgeous?




Above is an illustration of the flowerbed edging.

Video – How to cut flower bed edging like a pro!



Visit above to watch a short video clip of the easy technique!

How to maintain the flower bed edging


Now know, there is a little maintenance to keeping this up. However if you stay on top of it, you won’t find much of an issue. The finished pro look this offers is so worth it!

1. Mow as close as possible to the flower bed edge while keeping the lawn mower wheels on the grass.

2. Using the weed trimmer, cut horizontally where the mower couldn’t reach, and vertically along the soil to create a nice sharp edge each time you mow.

3. Gently fluff up the soil and scoop out the trench each time you weed.

4. If the soil starts to level with the lawn, freshen up the trench depth with the half moon edger if needed.

5. Recut your edges each spring if needed.

Read Part 2 –  How to refresh flower bed edges HERE

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How to create flower bed edging like a pro!

Funky Junk Interiors
This guide shares how to edge flowerbeds like a pro using one simple garden tool! It's an easy DIY technique that offers instant and outstanding results!
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 d


How to cut flower bed edges

  • Create the shape of your flowerbed with a garden hose or rope.
  • Insert a half moon edger into the ground, then cut along your guide. Use the edge of the blade for continuous cuts, like cutting a cake with a knife.
  • Remove the chunks of turf, breaking them up into smaller pieces.
  • Turn turf pieces over, removing as much soil as possible. Place turf upside down in the compost.
  • Using a garden trowel, create a shallow trench along the fresh cut, mounding the soil up towards the flowerbed.
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  • With garden shears, trim the grass edges horizontally and vertically to create a super crisp edge in both directions. Do not trim the grass on an angle.
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  • Hand-scoop up the grass clippings.

How to Maintain

  • When it's time to mow the lawn, cut as close to the flower bed edge as possible.
  • Trim the rest of the uncut grass with hand sheers or a weed trimmer.
  • Cut the flower bed edge horizontally and vertically to achieve the sharpest look.
  • Recut flower bed edges each spring to maintain.
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And now it’s time to rest up from the backyard flower bed edging until next time. Well done, Jenna!

I hope you found these garden edging ideas helpful and you’ll give it a go! And don’t forget to come back to report your success! 

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303 thoughts on “How to create flower bed edging like a pro!

  1. Donna that is the way my daddy edged. I learned from him and that is how my flowerbeds look too.
    I edge far enough out so my hubby can mow and then you never have to weed eat. O.K. rarely.
    Your soil looks so loose and rich, not like ours at all. Your beds and walkway look very nice and neat. Good job!!!

  2. This is a really helpful post! I always wondered how master gardeners always get and maintain that perfect edge in their lawns!! How often do you mulch your flower beds? Is there a rule of thumb there?

  3. Just like my Dad has always done his! They look amazing!!! Your garden is lovely, too! I am so jealous. Here is So Cal everything is a dry and crispy brown color unless it’s being watered by underground sprinkler systems.

    I love the grape leaf looking plant on the right in the last photo. Are they grapes, ir some type of grape ivy?

    Your dog looks very content!


  4. You have no idea how helpful this is! I hate to admit it, but my yard looks so bad that all my neighbors love it since it makes theirs look better by comparison! LOL! Between keeping up with my job at Dish and the rest of the household, I can never find the time to even hire landscapers. You’ve laid out all the steps so simply that I don’t have an excuse anymore. It’s time to give my yard a facelift! Thanks for including detailed tips and instructions too. Most gardening blogs only show you the finished product, which is annoying for people like me who rely on instructions to do anything! I usually get all my gardening information from HGTV just so I can record it and rewind if I missed a step or good tip. Luckily, I have the Hopper DVR with tons of money to house all my shows and everything else the rest of my family wants to record, since I am the only one interested in home stuff. I’ve never tackled a project this big, so I’m a little scared. Wish me luck!

  5. Love the tutorial. You must not have snakes! I love this look but because we’re in the South have many wild animals that like to creep and hide under things. I do keep my liriope trimmed somewhat like this when I can avoid the intense sun we have. Jealous!!

  6. My own system is a little different. I have some sifted compost or sifted manure in a wheelbarrow. I put the milkcrate that I used (1/2″ holes) atop that. Using a flat spade, I make an edge with that and put the soil & weeds/sod into the sifter & shake & it falls atop the compost in the wheelbarrow. What doesn’t go thru the holes (sod/weeds/rocks/ plants) gets added to the compost pile/bin. Sometimes I find plants that I replant in empty spots. When the wheelbarrow gets pretty full, I mix it up and fill in the gouges I’ve made. I step on the soil mix I have put down & make sure it is level with the grass so my hubby doesn’t scalp the grass edges.

  7. I used to use the ugly black plastic edger to keep the grass and weeds out of my flower gardens but found that bender board works and looks better.

  8. Thanks, that looks gorgeous! My only question is how do you keep grass from growing around the plants? Did you hoe it all down or did you use landscape cloth around the plants?

  9. Yep, this is the only way to get that professional look. Our previous home was landscaped by a Master Gardener here in Seattle. Beautiful flower beds, but edging them baffled me for the first two years. Then we visited Bouchart Gardens in Vancouver, B.C. and I saw them edging their miles and miles of flower beds. The half moon edger is key. I keep the edges “tidy” with a line trimmer and ‘edge’ with the half-moon at the top of each spring or when necessary. Thanks for sharing this!

  10. Just a word of warning. Do not try this if you have a slope to your flower bed. The rains took the soil down into the little ” valley”, and then followed the slight slope towards my paving stones and into my rock walkway and towards my water feature. What a mess to clean up.

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