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edging tool in the ground

What looks like a flat shovel but doesn't scoop? What resembles a rounded hoe? What reminds you of an ineffective ice chopper? If you said the edging tool, you'd be right!

Yes, it looks a bit odd, but the edging tool does one handy job: it makes the edges of your garden look nice and neat, it keeps the grass from encroaching into your garden, and it keeps the bark mulch from going onto your lawn.

It doesn't have to be hard work; in fact, quite the opposite. Peruse the gallery to see how simple it can be, then join me after the break for the steps involved in edging your garden using this tool.

Using the edging tool(click thumbnails to view gallery)


To use your edging tool:

  1. Choose where you want your edge to be, and begin by placing the edging tool there.
  2. Step on one side of the edging tool, then the other, letting all of your body weight do the work for you.
  3. Once the edging tool is all the way into the ground, lift towards your garden. The dirt will come up, making a clean edge.
  4. Shake the dirt -- and worms! -- back into the garden, and continue edging the perimeter of your entire garden.
  5. You are now ready to add bark mulch.
You're finished, and your garden looks like it was carved out by a professional landscaper.

  • Diane Rixon

    I should get myself one of these things. All my neighbors have electric edgers, but I just hate using power tools in the garden. I know, I'm in a minority... Anyway, it's such a pain using a shovel. This looks easier. Edging - ugh, one of my most dreaded tasks. :)

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