Removing Metal Edging

baublesbybettie(7)June 20, 2014

I've seen reference to a post about this, but I couldn't find it. I am wanting to extend my bed in the front yard. The lawn in front of it is dead and I thought that would be a great excuse to do what I've been envisioning. However, all around the current bed is that steel (?) green edging. I tried digging up part of it but it is pretty stuck. Is there a handy trick to getting it up besides digging a large trench all the way around? Or can I just leave it and cover it with mulch and dirt? I want to get away from the metal edging completely.

Thanks for any help! I'm really new to gardening so any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Without any idea about what you're going to do, it would be hard to make a suggestion about it, but sometimes the metal edging could be useful for certain separation and retention functions. (In some situations, it is barely or not at all visible when properly installed.) I would complete planning for the whole yard before I chucked it. If you're determined to get rid of it, you might advertise it for free on craig's and someone might dig it out for you.

Other than that, you should be able to pry it out of the ground with a sturdy, long-handled shovel. Excavate a little of it to see how it is attached with metal stakes.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 1:41PM
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Use a mattock - dig down enough to slide the blade under the bottom of the edging and start prying.

It's a lot of work ... i'd ignore it, and mulch over it.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 7:57AM
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