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How to Shape a Lawn or Garden Space (page 2 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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Slide a spade underneath the turf to be removed.

Sever the roots away from the soil. Carefully lift the sections of turf, and place them upside down in the compost heap to allow them to decompose.

Slide Spade Underneath Sod to be Removed

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Line the new edging.

Take a strip of strong, flexible edging material, and wrap it tightly around the outside of the circle or curve. Push it firmly down into the soil, ensuring that it does not poke up above the surface of the lawn.

Use Flexible Edging on Outside of Sod Circle

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Fill empty spaces.

Add slate, pebbles, or bark chippings to the spaces left by the removed turf, making sure that they sit below the surface of the lawn to make it easier to mow. Alternatively, the gaps could be used as planting pockets.

Add Pebbles to Corners on Bare Soil

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Make sure lawn is hydrated.

The lawn may need watering around the newly exposed edges until it is established. You can use this shaping method for straight-sided shapes as well — use a line of taut string to ensure that you achieve a straight edge.

Water Raw Edges of Sod Until Well Established

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