When we follow these four easy steps we can create and keep our beds edges neat and sharp.
Well defined lines in the garden give a clean and smooth finished look to our beds. Sharp edges give a clear start to the stage of our planning and maintenance we do in our gardens. It does not take a lot of work to have such attention to detail.
We can us these four simple steps to create and sharpen our edges in spring.
STEP 1: Create Or Re-Create And Edge
Our fist step is to cut the edge. If we are creating a new bed then mark the edge of our bed with a garden hose. This allows us to mark the edge of the bed as it twist and turns.
The first method listed is to use the traditional spade or half-moon edger to move along the hose we have set down. Both tools are hard when cutting curves.
Is to use an electric or gas-powered edge cutter with a circular blade on wheels. This allows us to walk behind it as it easily moves along the hose cutting a continuous line in the soil. The wheels give us the ability to cut smooth flowing curves.
A good edger is not cheap but is well worth it if we are going to have a garden full of beds.
STEP 2: Remove the Turf
Once we have established our edge, deepen the cut to 4 to 6 inches with a spade. If we are setting a new bed , we also need to cut the turf on the inside of the bed with the spade. The loose turf can then be ease to pick up by hand. Our goal is to have a 90-degree edge for the bed.
STEP 3: Sharpen the Edge
Sharp and defined edges to the bed give a beautiful look that always pleases.
The best looking edges are razor sharp. Use of hand shears helt vertically along the trench wall will remove any remaining grass blades from the edge. We may need to repeat this step tow or three time during the growing season to keep the edges looking sharp.
STEP 4: Add Mulch
The final step is to put down 2 to 3 inches of mulch on the bed. Mulch will not only suppress weed growth but will give a dark, rich color to the edge of the bed. We can mulch up to the edge of the turf but it should be at least 2 inches below the edge of the truck to give slope from the edge of the bed to the top of the bed.