Lawn edging gives grass a clean, polished look that most home gardeners strive to maintain. Edging helps to make flower beds, trees, and shrubs stand out among the grass. It also gives the garden a more organised feeling, even if people space out their flowers haphazardly around the lawn. Although lawn edging looks as though it could be difficult to manicure, attaining the perfect lawn edge is simple as long as homeowners follow some basic tips and use the right tools.
Dial before digging
According to 1100.com.au, contractors and homeowners can run into utility lines or pipes even when digging only a few centimetres below the surface of the ground. To avoid that problem, the agency urges homeowners to dial 1100 from any phone before doing any digging at all. The agency passes information about the project onto the utility companies and then they alert homeowners to any potential concerns in that location. The agency also has a mobile application for those who need to find this type of information often.
Lay out the edges
While homeowners may have one vision on paper of how the edging should look, the real project may look different. One way to ensure that the project turns out perfectly is to map it out in the actual space before digging. A garden hose is an easy, flexible way to do this and users can move the edging into any configuration to make sure that it is correct. Another option is to use twine and garden stakes. This gives homeowners a more solid line that they can follow while cutting the edges to ensure they stay right where they should be.
Use sharp tools
Depending on the age of the grass, the root system can be quite tough. Sharp tools ensure that homeowners can cut through these tough roots and that the edge is perfectly clean. If possible, homeowners should sharpen their garden tools before cutting. A metal file is the right tool for this job. It sharpens the edge of cutting tools without thinning the metal too much, and therefore, weakening it.
Proper edging tools
Edging a large area with something like a hatchet or a machete is unrealistic, so it helps to have the right tools on hand. A half-moon spade or a square spade each have blades that face straight down, which is exactly what homeowners need for creating an edge. The tool presses straight down through the grass roots and then the excess grass is easy to remove with a small shovel.
Leave a small margin
It is a balancing act to edge a garden area and have it remain edged for a long while. If the edging is too far below the grass surface, grass simply crosses over the boundary and grows in the beds. When the edging is too high, however, the material is obvious and unsightly.
The best option is to press the edging material down until only 10 cm or so are visible. This gives the grass a defined barrier without making the garden unattractive. Materials such as steel, aluminium, and plastic edging offer a sharp edge that blends in when placed at the proper level. Homeowners can also mow directly up to that edge without having to worry about catching anything on the lawnmower blade.
Accent the edge
Once the edging is in place, homeowners can dress it up even further by adding attractive brick or stone pavers along the interior edge. Homeowners can even define individual planter beds within the edged area by using different materials. This helps to give the garden a unique look while keeping the grass firmly on its side of the edging material.
Pebbles or seashells used in place of mulch serve two purposes. They protect the plants from water loss just as mulch does, and they also provide a decorative barrier within the plant beds. These materials also do not break down as quickly as mulch does, so they are a low maintenance way to both protect the edging and to dress up the garden.
How to buy lawn care equipment on eBay
Start out by assessing what you already have that can help you obtain perfect lawn edges. If you already have a half-moon spade, for example, but it is not very sharp, then simply type "metal file" into the search bar on any eBay page. From there, sort the results using the tools on the page to find the perfect one to help you get perfectly sharp edges on your spade. For other tools, such as twine or garden stakes, follow the same process until you have everything that you need to do the job properly.