Curved or linear beds with echoing color and dazzling rhythm often fall short on presence when they are frayed at the edges. Freshening up the edges of a garden bed is like adding the perfect pair of earrings to your favorite little back dress.
Garden bed edging can be as simple as a cut where turf shifts to hard-scape materials, temporarily or permanently, tidying up an edge. The addition of edging is often overlooked, but it adds value to the overall garden design. Without a crisp transition, a garden bed can look unfinished. Even a country garden, where a casual aloofness reigns, benefits from a finished edge.
Adding an edge can help contain the patio paving material and serves to visually unify other landscape and architectural features. The area where a bed ends and turf begins needs a transition for aesthetic reasons, and it performs a function as well. A bed’s edge helps keep your garden tidy at the same time as it holds back soil, defines lines, keeps mulch from migrating into the lawn, and prevents weeds from creeping into the bed.
In the past, my bed edges were created with a hand-dug, V-notch edge. To accomplish this, I took a flat-bladed spade into the abutting turf to dig an edge. Each year right before I mulch, I re-dig the lines, taking the dirt along the edge and heaping it about six inches back, tapering towards the freshly dug area. The area then gets a top-dressing of mulch. I can’t stop the edges from collapsing, but I did find a better way to make a crisp edge.
I’ve used mine a couple of times now, and it works great. I would use it more, but the beds don’t need it. The crispness holds nicely. The edger is easy to start, has adjustable depth, and get this, the blades don’t ever need sharpening. They ‘re actually designed as a dull edge. And if I ever need it, I can also double up on the blades to make a wider cut, perfect if I need to dig a trench for something like an invisible dog fence.
If I could make one improvement, I would make it with an auto advance. Yes, I know that is a tall order for a lazy gardener, but to be fair, it did occur to me. Mind you, I can push it just fine, but if anyone every needed to spoil me, that is a good way to start– auto advance.
Click on the photos to better see the before and after.
To enter to win this Troy-Bilt lawn edger, just leave me a comment and tell me your favorite garden edge–brick, stone, binder-board, crisp lawn edge, and where you saw it– Chanticleer, The Denver Botanical Garden, Helen’s Haven, or whatever and wherever it was!
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This is a paid review for Troy-Bilt, who provided the edger to me at no charge as a Saturday 6 blogger. They have encouraged me to write an honest review of their product, be it negative or positive.