If the front of your home is lined with a beautiful flowerbed, you might dread the weekly chore of mowing the lawn. It's difficult to mow the area where the grass ends and the flowerbed begins. All the dirt and weeds that get in the flowerbed because the grass is not separated from it can make yard work a hassle. However, placing a ridged metal barrier between the lawn and the flowerbed makes mowing a breeze, and this guide explains how to do it.
Step 1: Collect Your Tools and Supplies
Use a measuring tape and find the length of the flowerbed. Take these measurements to the home improvement store and pick up these supplies:
- a garden hose
- a garden hose sprayer
- a pair of gardening gloves
- a handheld spade or garden trowel
- rubber mallet
- ridged metal edging (enough to line the entire front of your home)
Step 2: Set Up the Garden Hose
Attach the garden hose sprayer to one end of the hose, and then attach the other end to your outdoor spigot. Turn the spigot on, but leave the sprayer off.
Line the garden hose along the front of the flowerbed. Doing so allows you to obtain perfect lines and curves since the water-filled hose won't move as easily as a non-filled one.
Step 3: Dig a Line
Create a hole in the ground behind the garden hose with your handheld spade or trowel. The hole doesn't need to be big, but it should be a couple inches deep. The width of the tool you're using is all that's needed. So, push the tool into the ground, instead of digging.
Do this all along the backside of the garden hose. Since this may take quite a while, ask a friend to help.
Step 4: Insert the Edging
Place the edging into the hole by starting at one end and working your way down the entire length of the flowerbed. Tap it into place lightly with the rubber mallet.
Step 5: Even Out the Edging
Stand back and review your work; preferable from the street area, so that you can get a good view. If some of the edging is higher than other sections, use the rubber mallet to tap it into place. If you want some sections higher, fill in the area beneath the edging with dirt. Repeat this until you get the desired look.
Expect this project to take several hours, depending on the length of your flowerbed. Soon, you'll be able to mow your lawn without the hassle of trying to prevent damage to the flowers, because you're mower runs right up along the edging. Ask your landscaper for help if you run into any issues with these steps.
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