So you’re out on a hot day, mowing your lawn. You’ve got your grass looking nice and even. Heck, the lawn looks better than it has in a long time, even!
But there’s something off about your lawn, isn’t there? You aren’t able to quite put your finger on it at first. Is it the length of your grass?
Or maybe it’s your edges!
But how do you fix them?
What Is Edging?
Lawn edging is the act of cleaning the edge of grass lines. Like the picture above, an edged lawn is one that looks clean and neatly cut. You can usually spot edged lawns in golf courses or very finely kept yards from well to do neighbors, but there’s nothing wrong with having an edged lawn yourself!
The way edging works is by the use of a grass-cutting tool such as a lawn edger or a string trimmer. You can also use handheld tools, but that makes the job take a lot longer. Whichever way you do it, the end result is always an eye-turner.
Why Do You Need To Edge Your Lawn?
You don’t NEED to edge your lawn, but you’ll surely want to! Edging your lawn not only makes it look nicer, but it gives your yard pizzazz. Not many people giving lawn edging the time of day, so you’ll stand out as the person with the clean edges and neatly cut grass.
Not only that, but you can reduce stress by edging your lawn. Think about it; you have a hard day at work and take it out by edging your shaggy lawn. Sometimes, just the feeling of trimming edges helps more than anything!
How Do You Do It?
- Mow Your Grass With A Lawn Mower – Yes, you need to first mow your grass before you edge your lawn. The reason for this is because you need your grass to be clean and even in order for edging to go through like a breeze. You’ll be happy with how easy edging can be when your lawn is freshly cut.
Not only that, but mowing grass can help you see how short the grass is and how low you need to trim. This helps making the trimming much more even and neat looking. Plus there’s no chance of horrible scalping in your front or back yard!
- Pick Your Tools – This depends entirely on how you want to edge your lawn. Do you want to use machinery, or would you rather do it handheld? Either way works, but you should know the pros and cons of both.
When using machinery to edge your lawn, you’re bound to finish a whole lot faster. However, it may not be as efficient with handheld edging. When you use your hands, you’re more efficient, but slow.
Once you get past the actual edging bit, you’ll need either a lawn edger or a string trimmer to do the cutting part. Trimmers are much stronger than edgers, but edgers are arguably better tools for the job. After all, it’s literally in their name!
- Carve Your Path – Regardless of your preference for tools, you’ve now come to the point where you must carve your path. Machinery and handheld tools will require you to stab the ground that the edge begins and cut along the grass line. Don’t go too deep or you’ll risk scalping your lawn.
- Follow Your Path – Once your path is carved, now’s the time that you get your trimmer and follow along it as you trim. Be sure you walk on the harder surface while you do this, as it will provide you more support. More support means a stronger trim.
If you have weeds that are overgrown on the edge, following your path slowly will help you. The string trimmer or lawn edger will cut at delicate paces as to not ruin your job. Just follow slowly and you’ll be fine.
- Steady Your Trimmer – Cutting all those weeds could throw your balance off if you’re not careful. Keep your trimmer or edger steady as you cut. Otherwise you may hurt yourself accidently or damage your lawn.
- Don’t Stray From Your Direction – Once you start edging, don’t stray to the other direction. Keep going the way you started or else you’ll ruin your flow. Don’t lose patience, just keep on going.
The end result will be worth it!
And that does it!
Edging your lawn isn’t as difficult as you think it is. It should take you anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how large your lawn is. And once your complete with your edging, you’ll be left with something that you can be proud of; a clean and freshly trimmed lawn.
So what are you waiting for? Go out there and start edging!