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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cpt87gn, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. cpt87gn

    cpt87gn LawnSite Member
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    But how do you get the perfect circle (edges) around the tree rings and flower beds thank you
     
  2. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    you just use your hand..kinda 'patting' the mulch into place....you are molding it...but it takes a good eye...and you have to be on your knees to do a good job
     
  3. greenScape09

    greenScape09 LawnSite Member
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    We use our stick edger around them every time we edge, every 2-3 cuts! it gives it that clean cut apperance! as far as getting the perfect circle? well your on your own.
     
  4. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    you could ese a bed edger but i think thats rather expensive. you can also use a strait shovel and just take your time. i will get better with a little practice
     
  5. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    A spade shovel will do it..measure off each side with your shovel top, bottom, left, right--same measurement using the shovel then mark it with paint and dig
     
  6. cpt87gn

    cpt87gn LawnSite Member
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    ok thanks im talking about when theres grass growing up to the tree and i want to make a perfect tree ring with a nice edge
     
  7. crook038

    crook038 LawnSite Member
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    Figure the diameter of the circle you want, I will usually make the ring big enough to mow around easily. Then tie a string around the trunk of the tree. Make sure the string is loose around the trunk. Measure out to the size you want for the circle and place a loop in the string. Insert the tip of a marker paint can and pull the string taught. Spray as you walk around the tree and you have your perfect circle. Next remove material inside the circle with what ever you prefer, straight shovel, spade......mulch appropriately.
    Sean
     
  8. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here is the easiest way...get a string and tie it around the base of the tree making sure that the string isn't tied tight against the base, but rather loose and able to rotate around the base. Then stretch the string to the desired length of circle you'd like to make. Hold the string at the far end while holding some marker paint. Now walk around the tree while spraying the marker paint...waalaaa...a perfect circle. Now start digging the marker paint line. Oops...crook038 just said the same thing.
     
  9. cpt87gn

    cpt87gn LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys. Thats what i was looking for .
     
  10. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You could buy some sort of laser device that clamps to the tree, spouts poles to a set length, then aligns it perfectly, or...

    (Crazy idea. We try thinking for ourselves first, THEN ask questions here)

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