It is important to keep a division boundary between your lawn and the neighboring driveway, sidewalk, patio or flowerbeds. This not only stop grass from spreading into these areas but also make your lawn attractively neat. Let’s get down on how to edge a lawn and the best equipment to use.
Mowing a lawn without edging the boundaries doesn’t give it the perfect it deserve. Edging provides a well-manicured lawn which is a great boost to the value of your property. Additionally, it is a way of stopping invasive grass from spreading into your flowerbeds, driveways and sidewalks.
What do you use for lawn edging?
Edgers or trimmers are the right tools to use in creating a clear near line on the perimeter of your lawn. While edger provide a vertical cut to the grass being manicured, a trimmer apply a horizontal cut to remove grass and weeds in hard to reach areas such as around trees, fences, houses and other obstructions.
Lawn edgers come in two main types namely; motorized and manual edgers. Motorized lawn edgers can either be battery powered (cordless), electric (corded) or gas powered. They usually have a rotating blade that cuts the along the borders of the lawn and a guiding wheel that that allows you to easily move the machine.
Manual edgers on the other hand requires you to manually drive the tool into along the edge of the lawn to remove the targeted grass or sod next to the driveway, patio, sidewalk or flowerbed. Manual landscape edgers also come in various types.
The first type of a manual edger has a 3-4 foot shaft with a half-moon steel blade at the bottom. They look like a shovel. There is also a dual wheel rotary manual edger that has a serrated blade attached to one side of a rubber wheel that cut the grass or sod on adjacent areas while the other wheel rolls along the grass as you push it by its long handle.
How to Edge a Lawn – Steps
Safety is very important before you start your lawn edging process. First of all, ensure there are no water pipes or power lines crossing underground in area you are about to work on. Wear your PPEs including a pair of hand gloves, safety eye glasses and a respirator mask if you are sensitive to allergens.
Here are important steps to follow when edging a lawn:
- Remove all debris on your lawn including toys and tree branches this is to create a clear lawn for mowing.
- Next, mow your lawn as you obey the 1/3 rule – never cut more than one third of your grass blades height at a time.
- Demarcate your path using a rope to indicate where you will be making the edging cuts. You can skip this if this is not the first time you are edging your lawn.
- Wear your safety gear and get your desired edger to get the job started. You can test in a small areas if everything is working well.
- For straight edges start at one end of the lawn as you move towards the other end. For a curved one, you can start at the center of the curve.
- Once done, clean up your debris including grass, soil or sods for disposal
- Finalize everything by cleaning your edging tool to remove all the soil and grass clippings and let it dry before storing it for the next use.
Lawn Edging Maintenance Tips
Lawn edging should be done at least once per year. It is not viable to do it every other time you mow your lawn. Instead, use edging shears for touch-ups. This will help in removing any excess grass growing on the created edge.
You’ll also want to trim your overgrown grass around the fences, house and around the trees. This can effectively be done using a string trimmer. A cordless weed eater (trimmer) is adaptive, lightweight and easy to use anywhere.
Also important, try to trim overgrown tree branches and shrubs around your yard. This not only allow your turf to receive sufficient amount of sunlight, but also keep bugs away including mosquitoes.
Last but not least, plants will shed their leaves during fall in preparation for a cold winter season ahead. During this time, a lot of leaves will be covering your grass. You should therefore pick up leaves before they overstay to avoid hurting your lawn grass and inviting pests in your yard.
A well kempt lawn adds to the beauty of your landscape. Lawn edging is one of the basic but important process of maintaining a well-manicured lawn. In this guide, we have shown you how to edge a lawn and you don’t need any special skill to do it as long as you have the right lawn edging tool to use.