dreamstime_xxl_32093577Like many homeowners, the warm spring weather has probably encouraged you to get outside and tidy up your lawn. After planting flowers, shrubs, bushes and trees, and giving your grass time to grow, it’s time to make your yard look fresh and manicured. With these four tips, you can trim and edge your lawn like a professional.

Make A Vivid Edge

The first and most important step is to cut an edge that you can follow throughout the rest of the process. If you’ve edged in the past, chances are you’ll still have a rough outline to follow. If this is your first time trimming your flowerbeds, you’ll have to start from scratch. This can be done in a quick, effortless manner.

  • First, lay out your garden hose to mark out the line you wish to create.
  • Following the hose, use a spade or half-moon edger to cut along the line. You can also use a Black & Decker Edge Hog that rolls easily along the line, consistently cutting a 1 ½-inches deep score around your lawn. While the manual option is cheaper, the Black & Decker tool is better for cutting clean curves.

Clean Outside The Lines

After you’ve cut your initial line, make it look clean and tidy with a spade tool. You’ll also deepen the score to four or six inches deep. If you’re starting from scratch, use the space to cut the grass inside the flower bed. If you’ve trimmed your lawn in the past, chances are this exterior turf can be easily removed by hand. In the end, remember that your goal is to cut a clean, 90-degree angle into your grass.

Give Your Grass A Cut

Depending on how you like your edges, you might want to go the extra mile in ensuring your grass is as trim and tidy as possible. If you prefer sharp, clean edges, use hand shears to cut vertically along the line, trimming away grass blades that are impeding on the trench. Keep in mind, however, that you should keep your shears perpendicular to the grass to ensure that 90-degree angle is as vertical as possible. You’ll probably have to repeat this step multiple times during the growing season in order to keep tidy, groomed-looking edges.

Make The Most Of Mulch

Once you’ve edged and trimmed a fine line around your lawn, make your flower beds and tree beds pop with a fresh, healthy layer of mulch. A good two-to-three inches of mulch will not only deter the growth of weeds and add nutrients to your plants, but it also adds a pop of dark, rich contrast against your bright, fresh grass.

For more information on ways you can take care of your lawn like a professional, or for professional assistance taking care of your lawn and landscaping, visit WeedPro, today.