How to cut clean lawn edges

Do it:

Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug

Overgrown lawn edges can look unsightly and make an otherwise healthy, well-cared for garden look untidy. For a professional finish, re-cut the edges of your lawn each spring and trim overhanging grass after mowing.

You will need

  • Half-moon edging tool
  • Plank of wood or long rope
  • Edging shears
  • Grass shears


Re-cut the edges of your lawn in spring with a half-moon edging tool. For a straight edge, cut against a plank of wood; for a curve, trim along a rope laid on the edge of the lawn. Alternatively, simply follow the existing curve of the lawn. 

After mowing, trim edges with long-handled edging shears, to cut grass the mower couldn't reach. For a really professional finish, remove the cuttings and pop them on the compost heap.

For grass which has grown over onto paths, use a sharp knife to cut the turf and pull pieces away. 

Where the lawn is flush with the path, grass shears may be more appropriate. These are shaped like scissors and enable you to get down to the same level as the lawn and path, and snip a clean edge.

If you'd rather not regularly maintain your lawn edges, you may find spiked metal sheeting is a good alternative. This is fixed into the ground to retain the outline of the lawn, preventing the grass from growing into your borders.


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