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Edging Garden Beds

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Professional landscapers know that digging sharply-defined edges around garden beds adds more than visual appeal to a property, edging also makes maintenance easier. Those crisp clean borders are trenches designed to stop grass and weed encroachment.

There are fancy ways to edge gardens by laying in borders of brick, field stones, metal strips and more. But, for many gardeners, the simplest way to edge starts and stops with sturdy shoes, a simple step-in edging tool with a half-moon steel base, a shovel, wheelbarrow and mulch. Power edging tools are also available.

Here’s how to do it: use the edging tool to cut a line six inches out from and conforming to the shape of the bed. Position the tool upright, then press on the foot plate to dig a vertical cut deep into the grass. Keep digging the line all around the bed, maintaining a consistent width to create a ribbon effect. Once the line is in place, shovel out and remove the grass and dirt within the ribbon to create a trench four to five inches deep. Then lay mulch into the trench. A nice and very effective result can be achieved by sloping the mulch, starting deep on the bed side and ending shallow at the base of the vertical drop on the grass side.

Adding mulch provides a finished look and also helps stop weeds from growing. Applying Preen pre-emergent granules atop the mulch provides even stronger weed prevention. Preen stops weed seeds in the top layer of garden soil and in the mulch itself from growing for up to three to four months per application.




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