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williams lcm
07-29-2012, 08:49 PM
Do you guys taper the St.Augustine lawns along driveway, roadway and sidewalks? My last 2 helpers like to taper the edges on a 45 degree angle. It gives the lawns a unique look. But it does take a bit more time and effort vs the square edged look.

justanotherlawnguy
07-30-2012, 12:31 AM
It's a waste of time and looks horrible! Straight up looks much better!!!
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greendoctor
07-30-2012, 04:49 AM
How is that taper being cut? String? I prefer a straight cut made with blades NOT STRING. Sorry for yelling. Mishandling of the grass via butchering it along the edges undoes all of the efforts made to cut at the correct height, with sharp machinery and the correct machinery. Butchered grass is susceptible to invasion by weeds and I rather prevent weeds in st augustine when possible given that the most effective herbicides are either RUP or no longer labeled.

cgaengineer
07-30-2012, 06:36 AM
I've seen tapered edges and honestly I think it looks stupid, so for me I woul straight cut it.
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jvanvliet
07-30-2012, 06:58 AM
Tapering the edges invariably leads to scalping; like Greendoctor said, it opens the turf up to weeds and chinch.

Ric
07-30-2012, 09:37 AM
How is that taper being cut? String? I prefer a straight cut made with blades NOT STRING. Sorry for yelling. Mishandling of the grass via butchering it along the edges undoes all of the efforts made to cut at the correct height, with sharp machinery and the correct machinery. Butchered grass is susceptible to invasion by weeds and I rather prevent weeds in st augustine when possible given that the most effective herbicides are either RUP or no longer labeled.

Improper Weed Eating is the most common mistake made by Wannabe Yard Boys. Of course one of the advantages is;They don't need to weed eat any more because the grass soon dies back from the continued scalping.

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macgyver_GA
07-30-2012, 10:38 AM
Straight cut edge with a blade for sure.

I don't cut SA but I took over a bunch of my bermuda lawns from some hack job guy who's idea of "edging" was to scalp the turf down level with the pavement with a string trimmer.

It took about 2 months of no edging to finally get the grass to fill back in where he had scalped it every week.

Some of my neighbors in subdivision do that too and it looks awful. I kinda wanna stop and give them an edging lesson sometimes but I don't wanna come across as an ******* who's in their business. It is their yard afterall and they can what they please. It just aggrivates me looking at the butcher job.