Edging flower beds

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by blk90s13, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. blk90s13

    blk90s13 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What do you use for lets say 6 ft circle diameter shrub beds ? I have almost 30 to do and was thinking its its too much to do by my self and a spade ?


    I never used a bed edger before
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    If they are already established beds then a bed-edger is going to be ideal.

    If they are new beds in the sod, then you'll be better off just using a shovel to get rid of the sod and cut the edge.
     
  3. blk90s13

    blk90s13 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    beds are there I am re edging everything does a bed edger swivel ? I thought it can only do a straight line ?


    I need to go in circles pretty much
     
  4. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
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    you can go in circles with a bed edger, the blade is curved
     
  5. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
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    Personally, I would break down and buy a bed edger. Echo makes a really nice stick bed edger that works very well.

    I see this as an easy potential upsell for clients in the future. Not many guys offer this or carry this tool around on a daily basis. We also know the neglected beds tend to look like crap after a few years.

    I have had my beds at my house for 5 years. (house was built 5 years ago)
    I spend time to edge, roundup, shovel, etc. and they could use a good edging from a dedicated machine
     
  6. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sounds like you need the Echo bed redefiner. $600 usually. Works like a charm on an existing bed.
     
  7. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a lot of this (above) on one of my properties.

    Will the Echo work on these? I have no experience with the Echo OR the dedicated bed edger (ex - Brown). But, the Echo "seems" ill-equipped for re-establishing a very clean edge on neglected beds.

    Am I wrong?
     
  8. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I once acquired a new mowing customer where the customer kept the old company to do the bush trimming and bed mulching and maintenance for the first two years. They did not cut a new edge in the bed, which was a few hundred feet long, on the second year that I mowed there. On the third year there, I took over all of the lawn and landscape work. The bed had not been edged in two years by the old company. I got it looking great in about 15 minutes or less using the Echo.
     
  9. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    15 minutes or less for hundreds of feet?

    How many hundreds?

    Got any photos?
     
  10. blk90s13

    blk90s13 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would love to buy one but that will leave me with $50 in my pocket from that job and I dont get much edging jobs just yet to justify buying one.

    Its on my things to buy now :D

    Will try to see if someone rents it out around me
     

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