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bergs4
10-10-2012, 08:47 PM
I've spent the good part of the summer and early fall battling fungus on my lawn and now have finally gotten the lawn to look healthy. The string trimmer I use to edge around beds and at fence lines cuts the grass very roughly which I'm concerned is just going to create wounds where fungi can take hold easily. Has anyone held success with manual grass shears, and if so, can you recommend a model that you're happy with (assuming the site policies allow this)? Ideally I'd like something that doesn't require getting on all fours. I'm guessing the whole yard requires about 250 feet of edging work. Thanks in advance.

Darryl G
10-10-2012, 08:54 PM
Something like this? http://www.bing.com/shopping/fiskars-long-handled-swivel-grass-shears-9210/p/A3BAB622F9111F34F294?q=extended+grass+shears&lpf=0&lpq=extended%2bgrass%2bshears&FORM=CMSMEE

Personally I use Echo Crossfire trimmer line which cut's very well. I hear the Gator square line does too. I think you're being a bit over protective of your grass but that's your right. :)

bergs4
10-10-2012, 08:55 PM
Yeah, that's kind of what I was thinking. Have you used one?

Darryl G
10-10-2012, 08:58 PM
I haven't used that model but that's the kind of thing I used when I was a kid, before string trimmers were invented. Some of them even had wheels. They work, just a lot slower than a string trimmer.

What size and shape of trimmer line are you using now?

bergs4
10-10-2012, 08:59 PM
I have a black and decker cheapo model (I think it was like $50 at home depot). It's battery powered.

Darryl G
10-10-2012, 09:06 PM
Probably running a fairly thin round line on it then. The reviews on those shears are pretty good.

bergs4
10-10-2012, 09:08 PM
I might give them a shot. At around 30 bucks, it's not going to be a huge loss if they are horrible.

easy-lift guy
10-10-2012, 09:14 PM
Using string trimmer line effectively and efficiently comes with technique and practice.
It sounds like you could use more of both since your concerned about secondary issues due to in proper use of your line trimmer is causing fungus. Although the fungus problem you have mentioned could be related to the use of a line trimmer, another cause
more likely is due to to much moisture. Fungus needs moisture to thrive and grow.
Manual edging or trimming devices may help. All the best.
easy-lift guy

Darryl G
10-10-2012, 09:17 PM
You can always still use them in places where it's hard to use the string trimmer...corners, near A/C units and phone wires and such. I have hand shears that I use for that type of stuff, but they don't have a long handle.

bergs4
10-10-2012, 09:18 PM
Yeah, I monitor the moisture religiously and when I do water, only do so at 4:30 in the morning so that the wet time of the canopy is reduced.

easy-lift guy
10-10-2012, 09:22 PM
Yeah, I monitor the moisture religiously and when I do water, only do so at 4:30 in the morning so that the wet time of the canopy is reduced.

Depending on the amount of water used and frequency, it sounds like your watering to early in the morning to allow enough moisture to burn off with the morning sun. The more moisture applied the longer it has a chance to do more harm than good.
easy-lift guy

greendoctor
10-11-2012, 05:15 AM
Redmax Reciprocator, Kawasaki TurboBlade, or the Maruyama Landscape Blade. Those tools cut the grass straight across like scissors or shears. You will want a straight bladed edger for sidewalks, driveways or patios. The shearing cutters are not to be used vertically to edge. Horizontal cutting only.

Darryl G
10-11-2012, 08:38 AM
Why can't you use the shears to cut vertically? The head rotates.

easy-lift guy
10-11-2012, 03:27 PM
Why can't you use the shears to cut vertically? The head rotates.

Becuse the blades are designed to cut more at a lateral angle instead of up and down. Also the blades wear out very fast when trimming like an edger and are O so expensive to replace!.
easy-lift guy

bergs4
10-13-2012, 09:01 PM
Update --

I ordered the Fiskars and used them. Basically scissors on a stick. The blades are sharp and cut cleanly. The downside is I've been spoiled by power equipment -- they are going to take a long time to do edging and I'm sure I will get strange looks from neighbors. However, I think I will use them at least until I feel like the lawn has matured enough to where it will be able to withstand stress.

Darryl G
10-13-2012, 09:18 PM
I've found that when you're doing something that will make the neighbors think you're nuts, it's best to remove all doubt...perhaps there's a silly costume you could put on while doing it with this song blasting?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4EVj76htYs

bergs4
10-14-2012, 12:18 AM
Haha, that is not a bad idea.