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How to Edge Flower Beds... Like a Pro!

My brother is a pro gardener, and many moons ago, he shared how he professionally edged flowerbeds.
I decided to implement his method into my own garden, and created this blog post, showing the steps, not thinking much of it.
Turns out, that decision was a good one. This post turned out to be one of my most frequently visited tutorials!
And that's because this method truly works.
The outcome transforms your flowerbeds from standard to showroom, instantly! With so very few tools and a little bit of your time.
Here's how I (we) do it...
Cost: $0.00 Difficulty: Easy
Isn't this edge pretty, trust me, this is very easy to do with 3 tools you likely already have on hand.
This was the before. Does this look like what you tend to have?
This is a simple half moon edger which creates the super clean edges.
Once the cut is made, create a trench with mounded soil in the opposite direction of the cut.
Then follow up with grass clippers.
I share HERE why I prefer to hand cut over using a power weed wacker device. It makes a difference!
The trench allows for water run off. The outcome is a STUNNING result, that instantly transforms your flowerbeds into something spectacular.

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  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Jul 17, 2012

    I LOVE clean edges but have never been able to achieve I know how! Come cool weather, my yard is going to get a clean edge! Thanks!

  • Dee W
    Dee W Senecaville, OH
    on Jul 17, 2012

    Thank-you for the lawn lesson! I have often wondered the "right" way to do this-having failed using my own technique. I have black edging in the front but not only do I not really care for it, makes things harder if you want to change the size or shape of your beds.

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Jul 17, 2012

    Crisp edges make a garden pop. My lawn guy freshens mine up by running a weed whacker perpendicularly.

  • Teresa D
    Teresa D Snellville, GA
    on Jul 17, 2012

    I did this once and my lawn guys didn't keep it up. I'll have to start again. Thanks for the tips and the reminder!

  • Kyle G
    Kyle G Middletown, NJ
    on Jul 17, 2012

    Great post! I do this about 4 times a year to freshen up my landscape. Another trick to maintain this look if you do not bag your clippings is to mow one or two passes with the output of your tractor or mower facing away from the flower bed. This keeps grass clippings and other debris from accumulating in the beds.

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