How Do You Edge a Flower Bed?


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To edge a flower bed, use a garden hose to outline the garden, and then use a spade to cut away the dirt and grass along the perimeter of the flower bed. Add mulch after edging the flower bed to repress grass and weed growth.

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  1. Outline the perimeter of the flower bed

    Place a garden hose along the outside perimeter of the flower bed to use as a guide when creating the edge.

  2. Cut the edge

    Use a spade or a metal edger to cut into the ground around the perimeter of the flower bed, and remove the grass inside the garden bed with a shovel. Using the first cut as a guide, cut into the ground at a depth of 4 to 6 inches, and remove the dirt that is cut away to create a trench. Use the spade to create a 90-degree angle on the turf side of the garden bed, and use garden shears to remove grass that extends inside the edge of the bed.

  3. Apply mulch

    After cutting the edge, add 2 to 3 inches of mulch on the flower bed to reduce weed growth and to separate the garden from the surrounding turf. Smooth the mulch out to form an even layer.

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