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How to Shape a Lawn or Garden Space (page 1 of 2)

Adding some shape to your lawn or garden is a simple process that can make a big difference in the appearance of the groundcover. Use these step-by-step tips to add eye-catching details to your outdoor space.

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Transforming an existing rectangular lawn into a rounded or circular shape can change the whole feel of the garden. It can create extra planting spaces or give new opportunities to use materials such as slate in the gaps.

Materials needed:

paper and pencil
tape measure
tent peg
string
sand or spray paint
half moon cutter
gardening spade
strips of edging
slate, pebbles or bark chippings
watering can or hose

Measure the new shape, size of your lawn.

Sketch out the design on a piece of paper first, and then use a tape measure to transfer these measurements onto the lawn.

Measure Out New Design for lawn

Courtesy of DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Identify the center of the circle.

Once you have it pinpointed, place a tent peg in it. Attach a piece of string to it and then holding it taut, swing it around in a circle to the desired size, trailing sand or using spray paint to mark out the circumference.

Use String and Paint to Outline Circle in Lawn

Courtesy of DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Begin cutting the groundcover.

Using the trail of sand as a guide, firmly cut straight downward to a depth of about 1-1/4 inches to 1-1/2 inches, using a half moon cutter. At intervals throughout the process, check that the shape of the circle is even.

Half Moon Cutter Used to Cut Through Sod

Courtesy of DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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