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

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My brother is a pro gardener, and many moons ago, he shared how he professionally edged flower beds.

I decided to implement his method into my own garden, and boy... I can't believe the instant difference it made! So I decided to write a blog post on his method, showing all the steps, not thinking too much about it after the thought.

Well, that one hot sunny day of picture shooting turned out to be a win. This post turned out to be one of my most frequently visited and copied tutorials! And that's because this method truly works.

This method of flowerbed edging transforms your flowerbeds from standard to showroom quality instantly! With standard garden tools and a little bit of elbow grease, it's easy to get this look, and not all that hard to keep up.

Are you ready to ditch deteriorating flower bed edges and go all natural and even more beautiful?

Here's how...

Welcome to my flower bed edges. Does this look similar to yours?

Let's fix this!

The main ingredient to this project is a simple half moon edger. No lie.

Re-map out a pretty and curvy or straight edge to your flowerbed, then 'cut' the edges straight up and down with a simple half moon edger.

Once the cut is made, create a trench with mounded soil in the opposite direction of the cut.

Then follow up with grass clippers.

Fluff up the rest of the flowerbed and you have a very pretty edge!

The key is the trench. It deeply defines the flower bed edge, and creates a place for the water to run.

The effect works with both mulch and soil too!

I created a fun little chart that displays the process a little better. Come check out all 4 steps as well as many other after shots at:

Here's a chart that shares the process and what you're ultimately trying to accomplish.

Come check out the original blog post HERE, which shows all 4 steps, as well as many other pretty after shots, PLUS an added video of the entire process!

NEW: Part 2 - with video!

NEW! I've written a Part 2 on how to refresh flower bed edges that you already have existing in an all new post, new pictures, PLUS a video!

Read Part 2 HERE

You will be amazed just how easy it is!

Think you'll give this method a go?

Suggested materials:

  • Half moon edger  (local hardware store)
  • Garden gloves  (hardware store)
  • Gardening sheers  (garden center)
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • MBJarrell
    on Jun 30, 2017

    I just wondered how u keep you're dirt from falling into the trench? I love this idea & want to try it but in FL the biggest problem is keeping the Bermuda grass from running everywhere! Thank you
    • Susan Matejka
      on Jun 22, 2020

      I used lava rocks, but could not keep up the creeping grass that has overcome the area in a very fast pace. Not recommended.

  • Cwa31876106
    on Jun 30, 2018

    The edge looks fantastic. Doesn't mud fill in the edge? A gardener used rubber edging for our planting beds, but critters eat on it. I will see if I can get help doing the physical stuff, but do want to try this method. Thanks.

    • Janet
      on May 23, 2019

      I edge minee like this but there isn'tmuch dirt to pul back away from the edge. My yard is pretty flat. I pulled as much as I coudl but I don't have the deep trench as shown. We mulch every other year about 2-3" in our gardens. This is the off year but we still edge. Love the nice clean look! Your garden is beautiful.

  • Mary
    on Mar 6, 2020

    We have edging. But I love the bird house. Did you make it? Or where did you get it?

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  • Ruth Soule
    on Aug 5, 2019

    Repeated myself! I meant to say I will save this!!

  • Lorraine Dunne McCormack
    on Jul 29, 2020

    Used this edging method in my yard and have decided it’s the best, and least expensive way to edge. Hard work in the beginning but so worth the result. Just a little flick of the dirt to maintain and a quick trim using the weed wacker. Really clean look. Thanks! One of the best garden tips I’ve gotten in a long time.

    • So glad Lorraine! And I completely agree. Most borders tend to break down over the years, but this one looks as good as the day you made it if you keep it up!

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