1 edges ILL-DE­FINED

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Garden Care -

PROB­LEM:

With­out a de­fined edge, grass has quickly in­vaded the gar­den beds and mow­ing near shrubs has be­come dif­fi­cult.

SO­LU­TION:

Widen beds by re­mov­ing a strip of grass. Dig a spaded edge for quick and easy fu­ture main­te­nance.

Here’s how

STEP 1 Use a sharp­ened spade to make side-by-side cuts in grass about 30cm from edge of bed. Slide spade un­der to lift grass, roots and all.

STEP 2 Dig out any grass and weeds that have grown be­neath plants in gar­den bed.

STEP 3 En­rich newly cleared soil with a com­posted gar­den mix (from land­scape sup­ply com­pa­nies). This will im­prove qual­ity and fer­til­ity of soil.

STEP 4 Plant widened sec­tion with low grow­ers and in­fill any bare patches un­der ex­ist­ing plants. In newly en­riched soil they will all es­tab­lish and grow quickly.

STEP 5 Mulch around all plants with shred­ded bark or other or­ganic mulch. This looks good, helps con­serve soil mois­ture and sup­presses growth of seedling weeds.

STEP 5

STEPS STEP 1

STEP 4

STEP 3

STEP 2

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