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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Get a Clean Garden Bed Edge

Jessica Walliser
Hobby Farms Contributor

I love how a good, sharp edge looks on a flower bed. Over the years, I have experimented with many different techniques and tools for getting a clean garden edge but have found one to be faster and easier than any other. In the video below, I’ll show you how to do it.

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I've always done it for years with the shovel facing front, but I don't think it really matters. For one thing the edge of the spade is sort of straight not deeply curved. When I do it along my driveway, which is about 40 feet long, I like to see a straight line. Since my driveway have a slope, and I don't want the twine touching the ground hence keeping the line from going straight, I do the line in two segments. I put a peg (a tent peg is a good 10 inches long and works well) on each end and run a twine down the line. Whereas, Jessica does it with a stabbing motion, I carefully position the end of the spade along the line and step on the shoulder of the spade to sink the spade into the ground. To continue sinking the spade, to a depth of about 4 inches, I rock the shovel sideways keeping pressure on the shoulder. I always end up with nice strainght line.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 9/25/2012 7:28:08 PM
You must have a lot less rocks in your soil than I do! I will have to give this a try. I have always used a spade, but I used it facing front.
Kathy, upstate, NY
Posted: 4/27/2012 11:55:07 AM
Good video and great idea to sharpen all garden tools in the early spring and kee them sharp through the year.
Carl, Livermore, CA
Posted: 4/27/2012 10:58:30 AM
Jessica makes this look so easy. Great video!
Cherie, The Woodlands, TX
Posted: 4/27/2012 4:28:51 AM
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