Introduction

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.

Step 1

Measure Out New Design for lawn

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 2

Use String and Paint to Outline Circle in Lawn

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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.

Step 3

Half Moon Cutter Used to Cut Through Sod

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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.

Step 4

Slide Spade Underneath Sod to be Removed

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 5

Use Flexible Edging on Outside of Sod Circle

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 6

Add Pebbles to Corners on Bare Soil

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Step 7

Water Raw Edges of Sod Until Well Established

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DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.