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Hi all , new to the forum and gardening I have just moved into a house and I don't have a clue were to start with the borders , is it just a case of pull weeds out ? And do I need to turn the soil over or break it up ? What is the best way to straighten the edges up ? Any help greatly appreciated.


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Ah but do you know the difference between the plants and the weeds?

    Are you planning to reshape the border with curves or keep as it is?

    If you just want to straighten you need a guide line, some string between 2 canes pushed in and a length of wood you lay down and with a spade used the opposite way you would to dig just cut off the edge. Shake the soil off and put the rest in your green bin.
    If you fancy some curves use a hose pipe to lay out the shape

    Come back for plant identification with photos but not all at once,
  • HeliosHelios Posts: 200
    edited April 2021
    I had a similar sort of border when I moved house. I widened the border, which I think would be a good idea for yours too. Then with yours, I’d weed it and give the soil a good turning over. Break it up and add some general purpose fertiliser too.

    I’ve always used a plank to lay along where I want the border to come to and then use that as a guide to dig and straighten things up. Failing that a long piece of string stretched from a peg at each end of the border would help to guide you.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427
    Hope this doesn't sound rude but do you know which are weeds? Looks like you have some plants there. It is always recommended that you wait a year see what comes up,no I didn't but then I have moved into some jungles. Do you have any ideas what you want in there,? Trying not to blind you with science, which way does the garden face, (compass on phone) type of soil,(handful wet it,does it feel sandy,stick together, neither) PH soil testing kit around a tenner. Or you could just cheat and ask the neighbours
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