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How to Give your Flower Beds a Sharp Edge

How to edge flower beds

Have you been outside to take note of all the damage winter inflicted upon your flower beds? 

I know! It's pretty saddening.  

Replacing damaged shrubs and planting new flowers is one part of the solution to bringing beauty back to those beds. The other part is fixing those edges that were erased in winter, and that's a very easy solution that doesn't require too many tools! 

Let me show you how easily you can edge those flower beds and maintain those sharp edges for the rest of the year.
The picture below is how our front flower bed looked after removing damaged branches, planting two new bushes, and dividing one of those yellow lilies. It was about time to add some mulch, but before doing so, I had to fix that edge. Look at that! It was an entirely flat area. :(

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winter damage to the flower bed edging

Don't you love the finished look that a sharp line between the flower bed and the turf imparts to the overall look of the yard?  

Maintaining that sharp line is what it's called edging. 

You don't need fancy tools to set up or maintain that edge. In fact, the only tool you might need for this entire job is a half-moon edger. At the end of this post, you can see a time-lapse video of me setting this edge. ;)
wood handle turf edger
| Wood Handle Turf Edger |


The first task is setting the line you want to follow. You can use an old hose or a rope to mark the edge of the flower bed. Since I was only repairing mine, I just followed the almost-vanishing line I already had.


Use the half-moon edger to cut all along the line you're following. Use your foot to push hard on either side of the top little plates of the edger to bring it straight down into the ground, cutting the turf.
How to edge flower beds

You're often going to encounter rocks that would make cutting deep into the ground a bit harder, especially if you're getting a brand-new edge. I didn't have many stones this time, but I did find a couple. I usually try to pull them out with my own hands.

Roots are another troublemaker. They're also hard to cut with an edger, so I keep a hand pruner ready to cut those pesky ones.

How to edge flower beds like a pro


Get inside the flower bed area and slice the turf or soil using the edger at an angle. 

Flower bed edging -
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You can now remove that piece of loose turf or soil. You'll end up with a little trench that gives the flower bed a sharp line.

how to edge flower beds with a half moon edger

I didn't remove much turf; I threw mainly soil and mulch back into the flower bed using the same half-moon edger.
How to edge flower beds

Keep that little trench free of debris. I usually scoop up all those little dirt pieces with my own hands.

That little trench is excavated at the beginning of Spring every single year. Then, soil and grass seed are thrown there on those bold spots on the turf.

adding seed to the turf

The picture below shows how this area looked at the beginning of summer last year. 
How to edge flower beds

KEEPING THAT SHARP EDGE all year long is very simple, too. We trim the edges every time we mow our lawn.

Last year, I did an entire blog post about this; it's easy and goes fast!

Ryobi trimmer
| RYOBI String Trimmer |

Here's a small time-lapse of this project:

How to edge your flower beds

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  1. If you turn your trimmer upside down it will keep your edges cut and clean.

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