A man with a shovel is digging in a flower garden

How to Edge a Flower Garden

A man with a shovel is digging in a flower garden

If you’re one who likes to do your own home repairs and lawn work, or if you really enjoy the look of a clean and crisp flower bed, you’ll enjoy reading these tips and steps on how to edge a flower garden into your lawn. Edging a flower garden is good, not only for a nice finish, but also to prevent grass from growing into your flowerbeds.

Step 1: Create the Flower Bed

You’ll need to have a space dug out and freshly sown and sprinkled with topsoil or mulch before you begin, if you don’t already. You can put your flower garden anywhere you like, but some good spaces to try are along the house, along the pathway or next to the fence. Most importantly, you want to find a location that gets both light and shade, depending on what you want to plant, and isn’t over any important underground utility lines.


Then you’ll have to remove the grass. You can do this by digging it out or smothering it so that the grass dies off. Don’t use herbicides because they are bad for the environment and will probably not lead to very fertile soil afterwards. Once the grass is removed, either fill the area with many layers of newspaper or some cardboard and saturate the paper with water. Add about 15 cm of compost or nutrient-rich soil. Layer it with organic mulch. If you dug the grass out, feel free to plant your flowerbed right away.


Step 2: Carve Out the Edge

With a half moon edger, cut a fresh edge on the grass side of your flowerbed. The best grass to use for the lawn that surrounds the flower garden is Zoysia because its deep root system will ensure strong edges, and the dark green colour will draw eyes to your lawn. Dig in a line so it’s even, but make sure the line curves a bit. You can, of course, have a straight-edged flowerbed, but curved looks more natural and is easier to maintain.


Step 3: Scoop Out the Turf

Once you’ve carved the turf how you want it, in clean lines, scoop out the chunks, getting rid of as much soil as possible. Then, trench your soil on the cut side and hill it upwards. This will create a place where rainwater to drain and soil to fall.


Step 4: Trim it

Either using hand held clippers or a weed whacker, trim the edges of the grass horizontally and vertically until they have that crisp effect. Then voila! It is finished. Good job! Now water your soil so it looks rich with nutrients.


For more lawn and garden tips, or help with lawn installation or finding turf supplies, get in touch with our experts at CT Lawns in Brisbane.

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