How to Edge a Flower Bed

2 Materials
2 Hours

There are many ways to edge a flower bed. Often times, you can simply buy some type of paver and then line your flower bed with those, but that can be costly.

This way will be really cheap but will require some hard work.

The good news is that your flower bed will look like the pros edged it for you!

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Gather your materials

All you need for this is yourself and a shovel! I like to use this half moon border edger shovel.

Shovel out the edge

Now you're ready to get to work and start shoveling. You can either follow your overgrown flower bed edge with your shovel or make a new edge.

The half moon shovel will make it fairly easy to shovel out in a straight line.

Keep going until it looks like this

Once you've gone a good distance, your edge should look like this.


When you're done digging out your edge, it's time to mulch. You can see my partially mulched flower bed here. When you mulch, make sure to not fill the mulch so high that it meets your new edge.

You want enough edge sticking up over the mulch that you actually see it!

That's it, you're done!

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  • Laurie Kilts Laurie Kilts on Aug 29, 2020

    Beautiful- nothing looks as lovely as a pristine border to a garden bed! I live in a 4-season climate. Previous owners used a dug in black bendable plastic border (which has seen better days!) around my now established beds that completely surround entire perimeter of lawn in the backyard. Should I simply replace old border with more of same? Or??? I'm 65, female, & alone :( I am no longer able to maintain my home & yard, & cannot afford to hire help, so must sell within the next 2 yrs to down-size. So, I'm looking for the nicest/cheapest/easiest way to go! Plus...I'd previously laid weed cloth, then mulch in my beds, but w/in a few years developed nasty white mold & a mushroom farm (ha!). I was told due to the wood mulch not having a proper place for natural decomposition. Have removed all cloth/mulch & now thinking of laying rubber mulch (like used in playgrounds) to help control weeds & beautify beds. Should I go ahead and use weed cloth beneath since rubber doesn't decompose? Feeling completely overwhelmed, scared & confused!! I would sooo appreciate any & all advice, opinions etc., re any portion of my concerns! Thank you fellow DIY'ers! :~)

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