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The best place to start is with computer software that allows you to download a digital picture of the area, then click and drag images until you've created the perfect area — before you even lift that first shovelful of dirt. Be sure to get all of your supplies together in advance so you'll be ready to start work bright and early.
First, rake the debris in the border’s spot and clean up the site. Pull up any weeds, taking time to be careful — pulling slowly will usually remove the weed's root (Image 1), which means it won't have to be pulled again next season. For weeds with roots that spread out beneath the soil, there is no centralized root; this means the soil must be loosened before the weed and its entire root structure can be successfully removed (Image 2).