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10 of 10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Garden for Spring

By • Apr 3rd, 2010 • Category: Dig in, Spring

10.Give it an Edge

Finish your spring spruce-up by edging flowerbeds. The easiest way is to dig a shallow trench between lawn and border using an edger (a half-moon shaped tool available at hardware stores). It may take time, but the payoff is a garden with a professional edge!

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  1. I need to edge around my trees and my flower beds.
    I recently purchased an edger, the kind that has a blade on the bottom and a long handle. You stick it in the dirt and stand on it and it cuts in the grass. It takes a very long time to do just a few feet.
    I have a 1/2 acre and alot of area to edge.

    Is there an electric machine that is afordagle that can do this same thing.
    I am trying to save money and do it myself.
    Let me know.
    Thanks so much.
    Dora Trusello

  2. Hi Dora,

    Half an acre is indeed a lot to edge! I can think of three options you could try:
    – edge a little bit at a time, and choose days after a rainfall when the soil will be easier to cut
    – consider installing a more permanent edge such as a trim of brick or pavers; it may take a while to create the edge, but once it’s in, you won’t have to worry about edging every year
    – there are some power edgers available, but most seem to be designed for cutting between sidewalks and turf rather than between beds and grass; I’ve never tried any of these in my small city lot, but it might be worth a trip to the hardware store to find out more about them

    Good luck!
    Lorraine

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