How to trim your lawn edges

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How to trim your lawn edges

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Trimming your lawn edges is the cherry on top of lawn maintenance, creating a fresh and polished final look. How you do this depends on the size and design of your garden and which areas you’d like to trim, so before you start, make sure you figure out exactly what’s required!

Tools and materials

Half Moon Edger

Ear protection

Long Handle Grass Shears

Gardening Gloves

Jute Twine

Icon Plastics 380 x 26mm Garden Edge Multi Peg – Black

Line Trimmer

Safety glasses


tools and materials used to cut edge of lawn

1. Create a straight line

Create your straight line with either a piece of twine between 2 pegs or a plank of wood. This will act as a guide when you are cutting your grass.

using a pvc pipe to line up edge of lawn

2. Start cutting

For overgrown edges where the soil and roots of the grass have started to grow over your lawn’s border, grab a half-moon edger – this will allow you to get a good crisp edge by removing the excess overgrowth. Use the weight of your body and push down onto the edge, following the line of the plank of wood or string. Cut through the fray bits and soil on the end.

Once you have completed cutting through the fray bits and soil, remove the turf using a shovel and take away your guide (plank of wood or string) to see the firm straight edge you’ve created.

holding down pvc pipe with garden tool to line up edge of line

3. Trim the leftover grass

Take the long grass sheers and trim the grass to catch any errant bits, or hard-to-reach areas. Don’t forget to dispose of the clippings!

using garden sheers to trim lawn under decking

4. Whipper snipper around the edges

Before you use the whipper snipper, you will need to put on your safety glasses and ear protection. It’s also a good idea to wear long trousers and closed-toe shoes.

Run the whipper snipper against the edge of your lawn in order to create a precise straight line. When using, know which way the breeze is going so the grass, rock, pebbles or any other debris is flicking away from you.

using line trimmer to trim edge of lawn

5. Dispose of clippings

Once you’re done, collect all your clippings and pop them in your green bin or even your compost.

emptying grass into green bin

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