Homemade Garden Edging

Overview

Lawn edging creates neat, defined borders between flower beds and lawns and keeps weeds and grass out. Most homeowners choose wood, metal or stone edgings, but these edgings are expensive and hard to mow around. Installing edgings is hard work and cold winter freezes and thaws can heave edgings out of the ground. A Victorian edging, sometimes called a natural edging, is a homemade solution. This edging costs nothing and visually blends into the landscape. According to landscape designer, Kay Feely, Victorian edging keeps weeds and grass out, just as a commercial edging would.

Step 1

Lay the garden hose on the grass to create a template for your flower bed's edge. Slightly curved beds are more visually appealing than straight edges.

Step 2

Sprinkle powdered chalk along the edge of the garden hose to create a line. Remove the garden hose.

Step 3

Cut into the turf vertically along the powdered chalk line, digging down 3 to 4 inches with your square-edged spade. Remove sod, if necessary.

Step 4

Dig into the first vertical cut you made at a 45-degree angle, removing sod and piling the dirt into the flower bed. Continue digging along the powdered chalk line until you've made a trench the entire length of the flower bed. Make smooth, consistent cuts for a neat finished edge.

Step 5

Rake the soil away from the trench into the flower bed so it slopes gently toward the trench in a beveled edge.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Powdered chalk
  • Square edged spade
  • Rake

References

  • Fine Gardening: Economical Edging for Beds
  • National Gardening Association: The Garden Edge

Who Can Help

  • National Gardening Association: Edge Those Beds
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About this Author

Julie Christensen has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a full-time freelance writer and former teacher with writing credits from several regional and national publications, such as Colorado Parent and LDS Living. She specializes in parenting, education and gardening topics. Christensen studied early childhood education at Ricks College, and spent 20 years as a teacher and director in university and public school settings.