Whilst some people like the idea of having a lawn that is all over the garden, there are others who want to create defined, clear areas where the lawn meets flowerbeds, social areas or perhaps play areas. This is known as lawn edging, and believe it or not, it is something that you can do yourself.
To help you to master lawn edging, let’s take a look at some of the top tips on how you can get it right.
The types of lawn edging
First up, if your lawn requires returfing, buy turf online and lay it (see our turf laying guide for help).
When it comes to adding lawn edging to your garden the main thing that you are going to want to do is to make sure that those edges are crisp and neat. There are a variety of ways that you can do this, and one of the most popular has to be adding a metallic lawn edge that is pushed into the ground.
This lawn edge can be bent by hand, then joined together to create one seamless edge for your entire garden.
You can also choose wooden and plastic edging too. These are both easy to work with and can be straightforward to install too. Not only this, but you may also find that they are both cost-effective and will stand the test of time.
How to edge your lawn
How you approach edging your lawn will depend on whether you are laying new turf in your garden, or if you are working with a lawn that you already have.
If you are installing brand new turf then you need to make sure that your topsoil and fertiliser has been applied generously, as this will help the new turf to take root faster. It is important that your lawn is watered every single day and that you stay off of the grass for as long as you can (at least for two weeks).
If you are working with an already established lawn then they key to a perfectly edged lawn is to prepare the ground properly. You will need a variety of tools which includes a spade, string, spikes, mallet, trowel and of course your edging material too.
First you need to mark out the shape of the edge that you want to create, tying string around spikes in the ground will make it easier to create your edge. Once you have marked everything out then you need to use your spade to cut along the path of the string, before tidying up and removing any excess with the trowel.
If you are using any form of edging strip (and trust us it is easier if you do) then you need to install them by pushing them into the ground along the edge that you have created. Metal ones are easiest to use if you want to create curved edges.
If you are not using edging strips then you need to trim the edge of the lawn to make sure that it looks neat and tidy.
As you can see, there are plenty of things to think about when it comes to edging your lawn, whether you are laying fresh new lawn or working with what you already have. Prep may seem boring, but this can be the difference in succeeding and failing to create the lawn of your dreams.
If you do need to buy turf online, please visit our buy turf online section here.