Best Lawn Edging Treatment

Best Lawn Edging Treatment


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Best Lawn Edging TreatmentIf you have not been in your garden for some time, it could be due to a harsh winter, cold, windy and wet weather, it is likely that on your first walk as the weather has improved the garden is not looking its best and you see the damage. What welcomes you is an overgrown, shabby and overall just a poorly looking lawn. So you do what everyone else would, take the mower out of its hibernation and get to work.

So after about an hour of pushing continuously back and forward, up and down, all over the lawn, to the point where you’ve covered every single inch of grass, you take a look back to see your progress. But something just doesn’t seem right, you can’t quite put your finger on it, but there seems to be something that’s keeping your lawn back from looking amazing like it once was.

After a few minutes of scrambling your brain for the answer, you’ve finally realised it… the Lawn Edging.

Yes the edges of your lawn can get in pretty bad shape just like everything else after being exposed to the rubbish weather we all know too well. So to sharpen up the look of your garden and make it look that little bit tidier, there are a couple of things you should do to your lawn edges. But don’t worry this is a very easy process and I’ll be helping you through every step of the way.

Straightening Up the Edges

To do this properly you’re going to need a couple of things, either a half-moon edging tool (preferred) or a sharp spade, to actually cut away the turf, and something to use as a guide. For straight edges I recommend you get a plank of wood and for more curved edges I recommend you use a piece of string attached to some pegs.

Best Selling Half Moon Edging Tool

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Of course you could cut around the existing edge without a guide, just don’t complain if it’s not completely straight.

Your goal is to create a 90° edge to the lawn and to make sure the top of the edge is just below that of the cutting height of the grass. This allows your mower to safely pass over it without causing any damage to the edge or itself. Mowers with rear rollers and no rear wheels will  help with the balancing and mowing over the edge without any damage to your grass. Below I have included a link to the best petrol mowers I have tested –

Best Petrol Mower with Rear Roller and No Rear Wheels

To keep your lawn looking at its best, you’ll want to carry this out at least once a year in spring. This is especially true if you have a lawn that sits on light and sandy soil as they can crumble easily.

Broken Edges

Long-handled edging shears
  1. To repair a broken edge you’re again going to need either as half-moon edging tool or sharp spade but this time, instead of cutting along the edge, you’re going to cut out the section that’s is broken.
  2. With your tool, undercut the section, pull it out, turn it around 180° and put it back in place.
  3. The broken edge should now be facing towards the rest of the lawn and its straight should now align with the lawn edge.
  4. Fill in the broken area with potting compost, level it with a spade and reseed it with fresh grass seed. Make sure the grass seed is the same  you have used before/as you have on your existing lawn or good match.
  5. Make sure you keep this area well water during dry spells.
  6. In around 2 weeks you will not even notice that this area has been repaired.

Trimming the Edges

Now that you’ve cut and squared up the edges, you are probably still going to have a few bits of grass sticking out unevenly, even after mowing. Well you can’t leave it like that after all your hard work making the edges straight, so grab a pair of long-handled edging shears or trimmer and start trimming.

When cutting the best technique to use, for right handers, is to hold the handle steady with your left hand, perform the cutting action with your right hand and move in an anti-clockwise direction, and visa-versa for left handers. Try to get as straight and clean a cut as possible and dispose of grass clippings by putting them in your compost heap or bin, if you don’t have one.

Best Selling Cordless Grass Trimmers

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Grass on Paths

For grass that has overgrown onto pathways, use a sharp knife to cut the turf and pull all the pieces away. When the lawn is flush with the path then grass shears are probably more appropriate. They’re like scissors that let you get down to the same level as the lawn and get a nice clean cut.

Setting up Your Border

If you’d rather not go through this process every year, then it’ll be worth your while to install a metal sheeting around your edges. These are available in most garden centres and can come in a variety of colours and materials, like iron, plastic or steel. They are driven into the soil along your lawn edge and make for a permanent lawn edge you can easily mow over.

Best Selling Metal Lawn Edging

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Even though there a few choices to choose from, your best bet is a steel edging. Once installed the edging is tough, weather resistant and maintenance free, and it can last for years without any maintenance issues. Not only that but it’s versatile too, because it’s easily flexed you can create pretty much any shape with it, so it’ll fit along both straight and curved lawn edges.

A good tip for when you’re installing the edging is to scrape it into the soil beneath, back and forward along the ground from left to right to create a little groove. This helps to loosen up the soil and make for much easier installation.

After you’ve finished installing the edging, your lawn will probably need a little building up along the side so you’re better giving it a topdressing and overseeding. Always do this two metres into the lawn so that your new area of grass blends with the existing lawn. If you don’t you’ll be left with a neat line of new seed covering the perimeter of your lawn which will look a little strange, but if you’re into that then by all means go for it.

Also remember that you might want to topdress a couple of times to ensure that the finished lawn is at 90°.

Best Selling Robotic Mower with Cut-to-Edge

Best Selling Robotic Mowers

Many gardeners do not want to use a trimmer to tidy up the edges after mowing. This is simply another job, that can be time-consuming, in order to achieve that perfect looking lawn – envy of your neighbours.

If you are looking for a new lawn mower and do not want to worry about any additional trimming round the edges, you should look for mowers that “Cut to the Edge”. Many powered mowers have combs at the front of the mower to guide the grass in and towards the blade.

You can also consider purchasing a robotic mower that “Cuts to the Edge”. This will not only ensure your edges are looking perfectly sharp at all times but also your entire lawn – with no effort from your side (once the wire and base have been installed).

Below I have include the best selling robotic mowers with the cut to the edge function.


4 thoughts on “Best Lawn Edging Treatment

  1. Hey there Mark,
    Some really useful tips for lawn edging. This is exactly the type of information I was searching for not to long ago. This post tells me you have extensive knowledge in the green thumb industry. Living is a very wet state, we get a lot of growth in our lawns. I will be bookmarking you site for future reference. Thank you

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it Jon, if you have any problems with maintaining your lawn or just any questions then please reach out, I’m happy to help!

      Thanks for the comment :-)

  2. Hi Mark,
    I’m really glad to see this article about trimming the edges in your lawn. Well, I’m happy for my husband that you’ve written this article, as he does most of the lawn work. This is exactly the information we need to get that pristine look we covet. How many springtimes of trial and error and practice does it take to become proficient? I’ve almost given up and thought about calling a lawn service! Is there hope that we can achieve this on our own?

    1. Yes of course you can Jane, it will just take some practice! I don’t think garden work comes easy to anyone at first so just give it some time and I’m sure it’ll be second nature soon enough.

      Thanks for the comment and best of luck with the lawn ;-)

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