A lawn edge that needs repairing

How to repair the edge of a lawn

Discover how to repair the edge of a lawn in four easy steps.

Do it:

Apr, Sep

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

All year round

Warmer weather and frequent showers make spring and autumn a good time for sowing grass seed, laying turf and repairing lawn edges and bare patches.

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If your lawn has become damaged, perhaps by overhanging plants or wear and tear, it's easy to fix. It involves cutting up a piece of turf and rotating it around, the sowing fresh seed - here's how.

You will need

  • Sharp spade
  • Lawn seed
  • Garden fork
  • Compost


Determine which damaged areas can be repaired, then plan how large a piece of turf needs to be lifted and turned around to fix the problem.
Use a sharp spade to make vertical slits about 5-7cm deep, then cut under a large section of turf to create a new edge, cutting into healthy grass.
Rotate the new piece of turf 180° to form the new edge. Tamp it down well so the roots make good contact with the soil and settle it into position.
If your lawn has become damaged, perhaps by overhanging plants or wear and tear, it's easy to fix. 
Cut away the damaged turf and fork compost into the bare area. Firm and level it, sprinkle with grass seed, water and cover with clear polythene until the seeds grow.


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