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If you’re a gardener or a homeowner with foundation beds, perennial beds or mixed planting borders, chances are you’re already familiar to some degree with the task of edging – the creation of a defining line between one landscape feature and another, such as a lawn and a garden. There is nothing quite like a beautifully cut edge that adds clear boundaries, definition, and neatness to a landscaped area.

Key Takeaways:

  • The idea that edging is a journey with a well-planned route is not as silly as it might sound. If you look at a bed line maintained by a landscape professional you’ll notice it has a smooth flow and form to it, while many homeowners’ beds sport uneven lines, poor definition and a choppy or wobbly look to them.
  • Industry pros take great pride in a “nice” bed line. One that is smooth and flows naturally. If you are doing a curvilinear design – creating a wavy look – the convex and concave arcs need to make sense and not just wiggle randomly.
  • When attempting to create a simple straight-line edge from point A to point B the best practice is to set a string line between your point A and B marks. Mark that line with spray paint so that when you edge you don’t veer off course, creating an uneven edge that wanders.

“Garden edges can be cut at a 90-degree (to the ground plane) or 45-degree angle, depending on your preference. There is an ongoing debate about the “right” way, but the truth is either does the job.”