Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How To Edge a Perfect Circle Around Your Trees

'How To Edge a Perfect Circle Around Your Trees'

By: Kimberley Pacholko

Pulling the lawn back a ways from your trees not only improves the appearance of your yard but it is also good for the health of the trees. To edge a perfect circle around your trees try this little trick.

Tie a rope or heavy string around the tree. Tie it loose enough that the rope easily spins around the tree. Then using a hand edger tie the other end of the rope to your edging tool at the desired edging distance. Keeping the rope taut at all times begin edging around the tree. Be sure to keep your edging tool perfectly straight. If you have done it correctly your lines should match up when you get to the other side. If your lines do not match up simply have another go at it. Once you have your perfect circle edged you can dig up your unwanted sod. Top the area with some compost and mulch (keeping the mulch back a few inches from the tree trunk).

If you maintain this edge you may not need to repeat this step again.

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