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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


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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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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