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Best way to trim new turf?

Good morning to all - during the coldest, driest April on record my husband lifted and re-turfed our 100 ft + long victorian garden !  Thankfully it is doing well 3 weeks down the line but once I can walk on it again I will need to reshape the border edges and so for my question - edging tool, serrated knife or saw?  Just to clarify my son-in-law is a qualified garden designer and landscaper and informs me that they use an ordinary saw!?!?  Anyone had good results with any one of these please?  I have not always had neat results when shaping with the edging tool. Thanks for your help!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,012
    I'd invite your son in law over and promise him a good meal and 🍷 when the job's been done  ;)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • RosidendronRosidendron Posts: 10
    Dovefromabove - I've already tried that but I think he wants to forget work at the weekends and he's busy doing his own garden having just moved!!!  Great idea though!!:) 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,012
    Drat and double drat 🕊

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    edited May 2021
    As someone who can't cut bread straight I still favour a bread knife and a builders line and a plank of wood for straight lines and a hose for curves then paint alongside the hose.
  • RosidendronRosidendron Posts: 10
    Thanks for the tips - I guess a lovely sharp bread knife isn’t that dissimilar to a saw!!  Going to give it a go!!! 😊
  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,419
    If the turf has taken I don't understand how it be cut with a saw well not easily , bread knife maybe so but still awkward . Just use the a Half moon lawn edger that's what it for . When I've laid turf in the past I've used a edge shears much easier but they aren't much use for turf that's already took. 
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,454
    Bread knife gets my vote too.  The soil under the turf will still be comparatively soft so the bread knife should work well and will be a lot quicker than a half moon edger.
  • RosidendronRosidendron Posts: 10
    That’s settled then - thank you all!
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