Edging Your Lawn

A man power edging his lawn.

Edging your lawn is a cheap, easy, and quick way to boost your curb appeal by giving your sidewalks, driveway, and flower beds a clean, neat edge. Especially if the rest of your lawn is well-maintained and manicured, there’s no better way to take it to the next level.

Lawn edging is a DIY project almost anyone can handle, but it still needs to be done with care. Edging too far into your grass can not only create unsightly bare spots, but it also presents an open invitation for weeds to invade the edges of your lawn.

What Do I Need to Edge My Lawn?

First, you’ll need the proper personal protective equipment to protect yourself from debris kicked up during edging:

  • Long pants
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Earplugs (if you’re using a power edger)
  • Facemask (if you’re sensitive to grass or pollen)
  • Safety glasses or goggles

And, of course, you’ll need an edger. Power edgers—which include string, gas, electric, and cordless trimmers—offer more speed and get the job done quicker, while manual edgers—including landscaping edgers and rotary edgers—are slower but offer more control. It’s also good to have a pair of edging shears on hand for hard-to-reach places and general touch-ups after your first pass.

How Do I Edge My Lawn?

Mow first—this will help you know how short to trim the grass you’re edging and prevent you from cutting too low, creating bald spots. As a reminder, you shouldn’t cut more than 1/3 of your lawn’s total length to avoid shocking the grass.

Plan your edging path—if you’re edging along a sidewalk or driveway, you can likely skip this step. If you don’t have a clear guideline to follow when you’re edging, you can plot out the path with some rope or a garden hose. Additionally, know the locations of any underground pipes or wires you’ll need to avoid.

Power edging takes a bit more concentration to control. Keep your arms level and go slow. If you’re trimming along a hardscaped surface, take care to keep the trimmer between the ledge of the lawn and the paving, and use the hard surface as level ground to stand and walk on.

For manual edging, a landscaping edger can be used similarly to a shovel. Firmly push it into the ground and rock the half-moon blade to make your cut—aim for cuts two inches deep. Overlap your cuts and take time to remove the cut turf behind you to help ensure you’re following an even path.

Clean up—don’t let debris build up along your freshly trimmed lawn edge, as it can encourage the growth of weeds. Sweep or use a leaf blower to get the clippings off your walkways and out of the flower beds.

When it comes to yard care, Mimbach Fleet Supply is the one you can trust for all your springtime lawn maintenance needs. Located in Sauk Rapids just off highway 23, we carry Stihl, Husqvarna, and EGO. Contact us today, and we’ll help you find the equipment you need.


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