Is your lawn looking a bit rough around the edges? By creating a sharp, defined edge to the turf you can make such a big difference to the look of your lawn; it will look neater, tidier, and is sure to get your neighbour’s curtains twitching. Find out how to edge your lawn and give it a complete refresh with advice from trusted turf grower Paynes Turf.

You don’t need to be a professional gardener to get your lawn in tiptop shape – all you need is a few tools, some time, and a little bit of effort. If you don’t have defined edges between your borders and lawn then first of all you’ll need to create one!

Step 1: Mark out the shape

Use a hosepipe, piece of string, plank of wood, or anything that will give you the shape you want. If you love straight, formal lines in your garden then tie a length of string to 2 small poles (you could use bamboo planting sticks for example) and push each end into the ground so that the string is taut, creating a lovely straight line to use as a guide. If you’re more of a curvy lover, use a hosepipe to create the shape, or you could even use sand to give you a nice curvy line.

Step 2: Cut the turf

On straight lines, use a half-moon edging tool to cut along the line you’ve previously marked out. On curved lines, the straight edge of the half-moon tool doesn’t work as well, so opt for a curved spade to cut the line instead.

Step 3: Remove the excess turf

Use a spade to undercut the excess turf to a depth of around 4 inches, and then remove. Compost the offcuts by stacking them grass side down in a corner of the garden and allowing them to decompose over a couple of years – eventually, you’ll have lovely nutrient-filled compost for your pots and borders.

Step 4: Tidy the edges

Use hand shears to cut a super sharp edge to the cut turf. Hold them at a 90 deg angle to cut through any straggly grass edges. Do this every time you mow the grass and your lawn will always look neat, tidy, and professionally maintained.

Now that you’ve created fresh new beds ready for some gorgeous new plants and shrubs, be sure to add nutrient-filled topsoil or soil improver to the beds to encourage the growth of healthy plants. After planting, we recommend that you use a good quality mulch such as our border bark to help prevent weeds from coming up – so you can spend more time enjoying your garden, and less time weeding!