Cutting New Borders

1-2 hours

Learning to cut borders into your landscape will give your lawn a professional look

Cutting New Borders

That crisp, neat edge you see in professionally landscaped gardens is no accident. Cutting the edge of a border properly creates an attractive, clean line that lasts for months and even years with an occasional touch-up with an edger  
This guide will teach you how to install an attractive new border in your yard.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Use a mason’s line
Use mason’s line - Cutting New Borders

Run a mason’s line between end stakes along each edge of the bed. Set the lines at ground level and then sprinkle powdered chalk over them to mark the bed edges.

2
Cut the edge
Cut the edge - Cutting New Borders

Cut along each marked edge with a spade or garden edger. Eyeball the distance and dig toward the first cut at a 45-degree angle to dislodge roots.

3
Clear strips 3-4 inches wide
Clear strips 3-4 inches wide - Cutting New Borders

Cut clean edges for the bed by taking out a strip of sod 3-4 inches wide. Eyeball the distance and dig toward the first cut at a 45-degree angle to dislodge roots.

4
Pull sod
Pull sod - Cutting New Borders

Pull up strips of sod by hand, severing stubborn roots with a spade or edger. Shake each strip to dislodge as much soil as possible, then dispose of the grass.