mulch bed "processing"


Old 08-12-05, 12:29 PM
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creating a mulch bed

Hello all.

I am a new home owner (builder didn't landscape) and I am wondering (as I look at new home developements) how these landscaping contractors create these "perfect" mulch beds.

When I say this, I mean that the rounded edges to the bed are cut very precisely and at the same depth. Is this the result of an edger or some other devise?

The professionally done mulch is so uniform, it looks like it's blown onto the bed. Is there any suggestions for me to get this same look?


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Old 08-13-05, 02:08 PM
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If it's a new landscape, and they laid down instant turf, the clean bed edges and height just fell into place.
Old 08-20-05, 04:36 AM
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A Trench Master can be rented to do the job or you can do it by hand.

1. Draw a line that separates your lawn from the adjoining bed. Use garden spray paint to create a gentle curve, straight lines or any combination that pleases your eye.

2. Choose a square-head spade to cut the edge and a hoe to smooth out the edge. Make sure your tools are sharp.

3. Stand on the lawn where it meets the bed. Get in close so that the lawn side of the trench will be no more than three inches from the bed edge.

4. Hold your spade at about 45 degrees, with its sharpened head on the edge line. Put your foot on the
head and guide it at a 45-degree angle 3 inches into the soil.

5. Lift out the grass and soil and toss it into your wheelbarrow. Take a step to one side and make
another cut and toss to match the first. Continue down the line you've drawn until the entire edge is dug
out. Set aside any healthy pieces of turf to patch bare spots elsewhere and compost the rest of the

6. Use your hoe to smooth both sides of the trench. It should be 3 inches deep, sloping up to 3 inches
wide at the top. Let the lawn grow right up to one side, with the garden bed meeting the other side.

7. Maintain the neat edge with regular scrapes of your hoe to cut out lawn or plants that try to cross
the trench. Keep the edge as dry as possible to suppress weeds.

Do this project the day after a rain or good soaking to make digging easier.

Keep a file handy to sharpen your spade and hoe - let the tools work at their best so you can, too.

Good Luck

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Last edited by majakdragon; 08-20-05 at 08:04 AM.

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