Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-13-2012, 10:22 PM
cutman2000's Avatar
cutman2000 cutman2000 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 190
How To: Bed Cutting

I was approached by a potential customer and they are wanting their flower beds cut. I was wondering how some of you are doing this. I only have a stick edger. And I do have spades. I'm posting a few pictures of what I think are ideal. Please post pics of what you did and how if possible. I have heard of the Bed Edger, but that's not in my budget right now.
#1. How do you do this?
#2. How much/How do you charge?
Attached Images
       
__________________
Ford F150 ex cab
12x6 Trailer
5x8 Trailer
(1) Zero Turn
(2) Husqvarna Packpack Blower
(2) Stihl stick edger
(1) walk behind edger
(5) weedeaters
(3) handheld blower
(4) walk behind mowers
(1) attachable aerator
(2) 22" Husqvarna hedge trimmer
(1) college degree
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-13-2012, 10:48 PM
charmill26's Avatar
charmill26 charmill26 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 369
spade shovel. they sell a goofy edger shovel thing but I don't see it making it go any faster. I use my stick edger to "draw" the initial line. Seems to be easier to keep the line/curve straighter. Edging is very easy just a little time consuming but good money. If they are small beds and you don't have space to get rid of the dirt clumps then factor in hauling them away. Usually I use my tiller when I'm done to disperse of the grass/dirt from the edges. I charge 1.00 a foot or more. Your work has to show the price you charge
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-13-2012, 10:58 PM
charmill26's Avatar
charmill26 charmill26 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 369
heres a few I found. Make sure you go deep enough so you can maintain the edge after mulching. Nothing more annoying than having mulch sitting on the grass every week.
Attached Images
   
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-13-2012, 10:58 PM
jj123's Avatar
jj123 jj123 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 30
#1 With one of these. A bed edger machine, you can rent them at your local equipment rental place.
#2 I Charge them the rental price and then a per sq./ft. price. (example $1.25 sq./ft.)
Attached Images
   
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-13-2012, 11:02 PM
charmill26's Avatar
charmill26 charmill26 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 369
How deep do those go? Only time I've seen them used was by half ass companies and they only went 2-3" tops which doesnt do anything. I'm not doubting them at all. I'm just curious.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-13-2012, 11:04 PM
cutman2000's Avatar
cutman2000 cutman2000 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 190
You did this with a stick edger?
__________________
Ford F150 ex cab
12x6 Trailer
5x8 Trailer
(1) Zero Turn
(2) Husqvarna Packpack Blower
(2) Stihl stick edger
(1) walk behind edger
(5) weedeaters
(3) handheld blower
(4) walk behind mowers
(1) attachable aerator
(2) 22" Husqvarna hedge trimmer
(1) college degree
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-13-2012, 11:05 PM
cutman2000's Avatar
cutman2000 cutman2000 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 190
Quote:
Originally Posted by charmill26 View Post
heres a few I found. Make sure you go deep enough so you can maintain the edge after mulching. Nothing more annoying than having mulch sitting on the grass every week.
what all did you use to make these beds?
__________________
Ford F150 ex cab
12x6 Trailer
5x8 Trailer
(1) Zero Turn
(2) Husqvarna Packpack Blower
(2) Stihl stick edger
(1) walk behind edger
(5) weedeaters
(3) handheld blower
(4) walk behind mowers
(1) attachable aerator
(2) 22" Husqvarna hedge trimmer
(1) college degree
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-13-2012, 11:11 PM
jj123's Avatar
jj123 jj123 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: PA
Posts: 30
charmill, they go down a good 3in. or so. They leave a really nice crisp clean edge. I usually come back with a strait edged shovel and dig it a little deeper if need be.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-13-2012, 11:16 PM
charmill26's Avatar
charmill26 charmill26 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 369
Noo stick edger doesn't do anything but "draw the line" for you to follow. You could do the same with a trimmer. Only used to draw the line. For me its easier for me to use the edger to draw out cleaner better flowing lines. After the stick edger bust out the spade shovel. I usually go through one pass with the spade to get the edge as deep as I want then go back through and clear out the dirt/grass. Then clean it up. It's extremely simple once you do it. Depending on the particular lawn I may go through at a 45* angle on the dirt side if needed to level it out a little
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-13-2012, 11:23 PM
Gilmore.Landscaping's Avatar
Gilmore.Landscaping Gilmore.Landscaping is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 639
Half moon shovel, I haven't gotten into huge properties so I can't even justify renting an edger yet. More pictures on the first page of pictures/work thread.
Attached Images
 
__________________
Truck, Mower, Trimmer, Blower.....same as everyone else.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bed , bed edger , cutting

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:55 AM.

Page generated in 0.09882 seconds with 10 queries