Using a Bread Knife for Precision Edges on New Beds

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Posted by @Xeramtheum on
I tend to make a lot of small bordered beds. I don’t like to use a shovel for edging because they aren’t very precise. Enter the most versatile of garden tools: the bread knife!

This year I’m going to grow 24 morning glories using the Masonry Ladders. I will wire two ladders together so the arches will be tall enough to easily walk under. I need to make 8 small bordered beds. I use my bread knife for precision bed making. Unlike a shovel, it creates very precise edges.

First I make a template for the size and shape of bed I want; usually I make it out of cardboard. Since I’ll be bordering the beds in wood, I made one complete border for one bed from the wood to use as my template. It’s 4 feet long and 1 foot wide.

I laid the template down where I wanted the bed.

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Then, using a bread knife I cut straight down about 4 - 5 inches into the grass around the outside of the template.
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I then removed the template, and from the inside, I cut into the grass at a 45 degree angle and ran a few inches past my initial cuts.

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I repeat this process all the way around. The grass just lifts right up and you have nice straight sides.
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For the center part where the grass is left, I cut under it with the bread knife, clean out the area and drop the wood border into the cleaned bed. It’s ridiculously easy!

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Comments and Discussion
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Excellent! Simple and great! by joannakat Dec 12, 2016 4:56 PM 1
Great tip! by LeBug Mar 4, 2013 9:34 AM 18
Using a shovel by hazelnut Mar 3, 2013 11:53 AM 2

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