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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.
Cutting a 10-foot border takes between a 1/2 and 1 hour.
Run a mason's line between end stakes along each edge of the bed. Set the lines at ground level, then sprinkle powdered chalk over them to mark the bed edges.
Cut along each marked edge with a spade or garden edger. Push the blade of the tool 4 to 6 inches into the ground to sever unwanted roots close to the surface.
Cut clean edges for the bed by taking out a strip of sod 3 to 4 inches wide. Eyeball the distance and dig toward the first cut at a 45-degree angle to dislodge roots.
Pull up strips of sod by hand, severing stubborn roots with a spade or an edger. Shake each strip to dislodge as much soil as possible, then dispose of the grass.
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