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How to cut clean lawn edges


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.

How to do it

Using edging shears

1Re-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. After mowing, trim overhanging grass with long-handled edging shears or a rotary trimmer.

Adam's tip

If you don't want to use a half-moon edging tool, invest in EverEdge spiked metal sheeting, which can be banged into the ground to retain the outline of the lawn.

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best4garden 24/11/2011 at 15:28

lawn edging and path edging with good value for money are Green Enviro and strimmer resist.

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ukjay1 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Not a very in depth article I was expecting advise on the use of the edging tool at the very least!
No mention of running the edge of a spade in the border soil which leaves a nice finish also...

dcave 01/02/2012 at 14:56

This is exactly the health and safety nanny state we live in. Sometimes we live in a world which tends to be more and more ambigious. Companies do not wish to be sued inview of statements. A little knowledge and experience is good. Care for wording is key and they are my personal views. Everything becomes a talking point, we are a nation of chatter boxes. Good luck in all quests.

greengiraffe 28/04/2013 at 22:17

or just use a spade

Verdun 28/04/2013 at 23:37

Half moon is best..clean and sharp.  Spade will do it too.

My lawns have concrete edges....look natural and maintenance is easy.  Don't like these plastic or wooden rolls

 Best to keep a "ditch" between lawn edge and border

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