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 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...
how to edge flower beds like a pro, flowers, gardening, Isn t this edge pretty Trust me this is very easy to do All you need are three tools you likely already have on hand
Isn't this edge pretty, trust me, this is very easy to do with 3 tools you likely already have on hand.
how to edge flower beds like a pro, flowers, gardening, This was the before Does this look more like what you have in your own yard Let s fix this right up
This was the before. Does this look like what you tend to have?
how to edge flower beds like a pro, flowers, gardening, This is a simple half moon edger Make a nice fresh cut along the grass part of your edges in a nice smooth arc
This is a simple half moon edger which creates the super clean edges.
how to edge flower beds like a pro, flowers, gardening, Once the cut is made trench out the soil with a hand held garden shovel and mound it away from the edge Trim the grass along the edge horizontally and vertically to get that nice crisp haircut look
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!
how to edge flower beds like a pro, flowers, gardening, The trench allows for water run off and soil falling and the shadow just creates a really dazzling finish
The trench allows for water run off. The outcome is a STUNNING result, that instantly transforms your flowerbeds into something spectacular.
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:http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2012/07/how-to-edge-flower-beds-like-pro.html
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:http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/2012/07/how-to-edge-flower-beds-like-pro.html
I've created this THIS FUN LITTLE CHART that shows the process better. Come check out all 4 steps, as well as many other pretty after shots!
Do you think you'll try it?
Funky Junk Interiors - Donna

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3 questions
  • Karin Outen
    on Jun 7, 2016

    Love the deep red plant in your last photo. What is it? I decided a couple of weeks ago to look for some deep red plants to include in our landscape and need to get out and see what I can find.

    • Sorry Karin, I don't know my plants and have long forgotten what the tag read when I bought it. Perhaps print the picture and take it in to a local greenhouse? I hope you can find it!

    • Ginny
      on Jun 7, 2016

      I'm quite sure this is a Coleus plant, but I may be wrong. Happy Gardening .

    • Karin Outen
      on Jun 8, 2016

      Ok. Thank you Donna and Ginny. :)'s

    • I believe Ginny is right! Coleus sounds familiar! Thanks Ginny!

    • Sarah A. Victory
      on Jun 26, 2016

      It is a Coleus plant! I had a lime colored one last year and it grew huge and loved the sun. Coleuses come in an array of colors and are such good fillers for the garden. Love the edging!

    • Kristi Madsen
      on Jun 28, 2016

      I use Coleus and Heuchera together --they are beautifully striking.

    • Dianne Robertson
      on Aug 7, 2016

      Coleus love to be house plants. You can pot them in the Fall,enjoy them all winter and replant in the spring .

    • Lanie Dreer
      on Sep 13, 2016

      They come in lots of different colors, some produce a flower stalk. They grow almost anywhere and you can buy them at Walmart.

    • Penny Petrich
      on Jul 3, 2017

      taylorgreenhouses.com
      I live in central Texas and I plant my coleus directly in the ground. There are so many colors and patterns to choose! They live until first hard freeze, are easy to root in water and replant in spring!

    • Joyce
      on Jul 16, 2018

      Pinch off the flower stalks if you want a bushier plant.


  • 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
    • Hi MB! If the soil is mounded on a slight slope, there is no issue with it tumbling down again.
    • Lisette
      on Jul 19, 2017

      but when you cut the grass it flyes on the dirt and voila more weed

    • Kli27487563
      on Aug 15, 2017

      I did this in spring and got in trouble with clumps of dirt from husband. The soil did pool into trench aftet seversl mos. and I spiffed it up. I had mulch which blows, no more. I like the look and may need to lessen depth of Trench. A friend gave me creeping thyme and phlox so hopefully less weeding and no mulching.
    • Dee
      on Mar 13, 2018

      TRY USING ROCKS INSTEAD OF MULCH

    • Gwen Earick-Dejesus
      on May 18, 2018

      Do you have you tube ideo?

    • Snowgirl030901
      on Nov 7, 2018

      Mb. I lived in Florida for 38 years and always did my beds like this. My suggestion is to get rid of the Bermuda grass and replace it with Bahia. It dies in the winter but comes right back.

  • 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.


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  • Butterfly
    on May 14, 2018

    This is exactly what I needed. Neither my gardener or husband edge properly and for years I was very frustrated with how the edging looked. I have now taken over my yard and IT WILL BE DONE MUCH BETTER! My 2018 mantra is

    " It Takes A Woman" and I am ready!

    Thank you for the share😊

  • Karen
    on Apr 2, 2019

    Trying it

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