Neat, well trimmed edges make your lawn and garden look tidy and cared for. World class gardens take care of neat edges especially on formal lawns. In most cases you need to avoid obstructions that prevent achieving a well trimmed edge as these painted rocks do. Grass growing at the base of these rocks is hard to trim to the same length as the rest of your grass even if you use a strimmer.
- Plants growing close to the edge will get in the way of a lawn mower or over-hang the lawn and weaken the grass.
- A path in the lawn made from stepping stones should be sunk below the sward so that a lawn mower passes over the path edge and cuts right up to it. If the path is proud of the grass you may damage the mower and leave an untidy edge.
- Where ever practical leave a gully or channel at the edge of the grass before the planting starts.
Best Tools for Cutting Edges
Lawn edgers allow you to cut back the edge by removing a sliver of soil. Useful if you have walked near the edge and it has crumbled or spread out.
Strimmers are useful on rough grass and hard to reach spots.
Black & Decker Strimmer
Lawn shears have a blade at 45° to the handles and are my favourite way of trimming lawn edges.
Bahco Lawn Shears
For many jobs you can’t beat a traditional spade. If you are trimming an edge use a line or string to keep you honest.
If part of an edge is in poor condition you can cut out a square foot as a turf and turn it around by 180° to make the inner cut as the new edge and the ragged part a foot inside the lawn. Fill any gaps with sand or top dressing.