When just cutting the grass isn't giving your yard that manicured and professional landscape look, it's probably time to look at the edges. That's where an edger comes in. These come in both gas and electric varieties, as well as older-style manual types. Depending on the size of your yard and complexity of landscaping, you can decide which type of edger is right for you. A high quality edger can speed up the edging process, but if you're a homeowner, you'll probably only need to edge your property one or two times a season. Regardless of the type you choose, your lawn will have the nice clean edge that you're looking for.
What do I edge?
First, determine the areas that need edging. These areas can include cement, borders or around landscaping features.
Safety is always a number one concern. Gloves and safety glasses should be worn! The edger is going to cause low-flying debris, so socks and proper shoes are considerably important. Wear jeans or pants, rather than shorts, for additional protection from small nicks or cuts. Also, use caution when handling the edger blade, as it is sharp.
Time to start edging
Now, let's get started. Plug in or gas up your edger. With the edger upright, hold it by the handle and line up the blade between the sod and area that needs to be edged. A throttle trigger is commonly located on the handle to start the rotating blade. Once lined up, start the blades and allow them to reach full speed before letting the blades down onto the lawn. With the edger applied to the lawn, make slow and smooth movements for best results. You can move either forward or backward with the edger -- whichever way makes you most comfortable. The key here is to be accurate and straight. When edging cement, use the guide wheel against hard/cement surfaces to receive a uniform cut.
Patience is a virtue
Take your time! Edging doesn't have to be done often, so it's worth it to do it right the first time. Cutting too far away from the edge will create unsightly gaps that will have to take time to fill back in.
Once you're all done, power off your edger. Wearing gloves, clean grass and sod away from the blade. Now go and clean up your edges! Sweep away grass and dirt or use a leaf blower to speed up the process.
How's it look? An edger is an excellent way to achieve a clean-cut and professional landscape look to your home. It's just a small part that makes a big difference in the overall look of your yard.