Lawn Edging: A Guide

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By Geoff Hodge, Botanical Expert (BSc, MCIHort)
Garden Scissors Trimming the Lawn Edge

There's one thing that can really spoil a nice lawn - ragged and untidy lawn edges. Follow our quick guide to transform your lawn just by doing lawn edging right.

After mowing the grass and making your lawn look neat, tidy and beautiful, make sure your lawn edges look crisp and neat by tidying them up, so yours is a lawn to be proud of.

Untidy lawn edges, where the grass is growing into the surrounding borders, are easy to correct. Simply use a pair of lawn-edging shears to cut away any long grass that is beginning to encroach into the borders. Ideally, you should do this after every mowing. Long-handled shears mean you can do the job standing up without having to bend.

If this seems hard work, which it isn’t, or you have a lot of edging to do, many powered line trimmers have a head that can rotate through 90° and so can be used as an edger. Most will have a roller or similar guide to ensure you cut in the right place and so tidy up your lawn edges beautifully and quickly. 

Uneven Lawn Edges

Neat lawn edge

If the lawn edges are generally broken, ragged and uneven, you can use a sharp spade or, better still, a half-moon edging iron to re-cut them to shape.

To ensure good, straight lines, use a short plank of wood or similar as a cutting guide. If you prefer perfect wavy edges, then use a garden hose, which can be used to map out your curves and again act as a cutting guide.

You may want to re-cut the edges once a year for the perfect looking lawn. This is especially true if your lawn sits on light, sandy soil as these crumble away easily.

Broken Edges

Broken edges not only make the lawn and garden look untidy, but they also make mowing and edging far more difficult. To improve the look of your lawn and to make mowing easier, you should make some quick and easy repairs.

Use a sharp spade or half-moon edging iron to cut out a square section of turf that contains the broken edge. Undercut the turf to remove it, and turn it around through 180°, so that the broken edge is now within the lawn and one of the straight edges aligns with the lawn edge. Fill in the broken area with sieved garden soil or potting compost, level and re-seed with fresh grass seed. You can use any good grass seed mix, but Miracle-Gro Patch Magic has been specifically designed for this purpose.

Make sure you keep the grass seed well watered during dry periods and within no time at all you’ll have a perfect looking lawn with the crispest edges around.

Lawn Edges & Borders

Where grass continually grows into the border or where the lawn edges constantly look untidy and so make mowing difficult, you may want to consider installing a permanent physical lawn edge.

These are available from good garden centres and DIY stores and can be made from corrugated iron or, better still, steel or plastic. These are driven into the soil along the side of the lawn and make a permanent edge that you can easily mow over.

Or, of course, you could install a brick edging, but this is more expensive and needs more time, effort and some bricklaying skills.


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