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How To Use A 2x6 For A Sharply Edged Bed In Your Lawn
This DIY hack will make it look like you hired a landscaper to create your sharply-edged garden, as using a 2x6 helps to achieve perfectly straight lines and edges.
Find a 2x6 that's the desired length of your garden bed. If you can’t find one, you’ll need to drag the board along the edge of the bed and keep it as straight as possible throughout.
Lay your wooden 2x6 down along the desired edge of your garden bed. Then, use a shovel or garden spade to press down flush against the side of the board furthest away from you.
Using your foot, step on the spade to drive it into your lawn. Continue along the 2x6 until you are satisfied with the size. Repeat this process all the way around the garden bed.
Aim for a 90-degree edge angle, cutting about 4 to 6 inches deep, as the angle and depth can make a significant difference in the health of your garden.
After shaping, fill your bed with your favorite mulch or topsoil, and regularly run a hand edger or spade along the edge to redefine it, cutting back any rebellious grass.
Maintaining an edge with a clear outward slope every two to four weeks (depending on how fast your grass grows) will keep grass and weeds from invading your flower beds.