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best tool for edging

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by jsfrk, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. jsfrk

    jsfrk LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 126

    What is the best tool to do edging around mulch beds and other objects where you want a clean edge?

    I've seen some people dig out a small trench like groove around their mulch beds, but at what depth or how wide to you dig this?
  2. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 693

    A Border Shovel :dizzy:
  3. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    A bed edger by trenchmaster. About $2200. Worth every penny. A buddy of mine has one I can borrow when ever I want. But he gets to borrow some of my stuff.
  4. tom9054

    tom9054 LawnSite Member
    from iowa
    Posts: 19

    Wish I had a buddy with a trench master! :)
    the ol' boy that broke me in called 'em a spud
    A guy on ebay is selling these things...


    if that link don't work, just do a ebay search for sod cutters.

    I went to his ebay store and bought a square one, I think it works better for installing edging. I bought one at the local home improvement joint that busted first time out. Think we need rain.

    Hey that's my first post, whatta deal. :blob3:
  5. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,898

    Check into a "Bed Shaper" edging machine. You NEED the pulverizer kit with it though! It saves a LOT of work and time....

  6. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,218

    If you have a lot of feet of edge to cut...the machines mentioned above is definitely the way to go. On installs where grass is already in place..I rent the machine. If its just a fairly small job..I do the following: Mark line to be edged, take a stick edger and trace that line, take a pick and dig out the inside of the line at the desired angle, remove debris from trench, edge again with edger for a nice straight edge, blow the excessive soil ( the little bit piled around on the grass from edging) back into the bed and mulch. I actually done two small beds today.............good luck.
  7. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    yeah. Trenchmaster, bedshaper, whoever. A true Godsend. I see one with my name on it for next year.

    For small stuff, just like o-so-n-so said.

    Good Luck.
  8. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 530

    A bededger is pretty good works better when the ground is dry.

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