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.

Watch our video guide to renovating your lawn.

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

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

Discover more ideas and inspiration

Related content

How to weed and reseed a lawn

12 lawn mowing tips

How to lay wildflower turf

Related offers

SAVE 20%

Save 20% on perennials

Save 20 per cent on all autumn-planting perennials at Sarah Raven. Choose from a vast range of plants, including geraniums, hellebores, wallflowers, delphiniums and much more.

Use code: GW17WAP

Order now

SAVE 20%

Save 20% at Crocus

Save 20 per cent across the entire range at Crocus, including everything from plants, trees and shrubs, to tools, furniture, outdoor living and more. Simply enter our discount code at checkout to claim this offer.

Use code: GWSEPT20

Order now

SAVE 20%

Save 20% on veg seeds

Stock up your seed stash with a 20 per cent saving on all veg seeds at Dobies. Simply enter the offer code at checkout to claim your discount, until 31 August, 2017.

Use code: GW817

Order now