edging pre-existing beds

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by blakerugg, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. blakerugg

    blakerugg LawnSite Senior Member
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    what method or machine do u use to re-edge pre-exsisting beds and how do you charge for this service?

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well if they're really out of shape and ill defined, I'll rent a bed edger. But on my regular accounts they're usually in decent shape and I just run my stick edger along them and then run a triangular hoe or a hula hoe along them to get them deep enough and get a trench. I also may use a square edge shovel, hand hoe, hand edger or whatever else I need to get them right. I charge what I need to in order to cover my time.
     
  3. blakerugg

    blakerugg LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks for the input. this year i have more interested people in bed edging and i havent done too much of it since the beds at my place have cobblestones. so for edges that arent that bad a stick edger and triangle hoe are best. thanks.
     
  4. SCAPEASAURUSREX

    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
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    We used to use spades to re edge beds in the spring that would define a nice clean sharp edge and create that " trench" in the edge. Then we would just use stick edgers or regular weed wackers to maintain the edge depending on where the debris would fly and what we were near to prevent and damage or injury.
     
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yah, I pretty much just use the edger to cut a clean line in the turf. I find that once I do that I can use the triangle hoe. It's faster than a hand edger but I'll use that too sometimes or a small square spade. I keep all of the hand tools I use for edging knife sharp with an angle grinder. When I'm edging or doing anythng else really, I just lay all my tools out on a tarp and grab whatever I think is best. Then I just grab the tarp and drag it along so my tools are always close by. I pull any existing mulch thats going to stay in the bed out of the way first so I don't mix soil in with it...that's a prescription for weeds down the road.

    A power bed edger does a really nice job...you can really cover a lot of ground with one fast but watch out for lighting wires, irrigation lines and all that stuff. But since I need to rent, it's not something I use unless it's a really big job or I can line up a few smaller jobs for it. Earthen edge beds are pretty much the norm around here.
     
  6. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A spade works great.
     
  7. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I use a brown bededger with a redefining blade on existing beds, then periodic passes with my tanaka walbehind to keep them crisp.

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  8. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What did you pay for your edger?
     
  9. blakerugg

    blakerugg LawnSite Senior Member
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    What do the rest of you charge for this service or how? By the hour? Lin foot?
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  10. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    $1.00/ft is fair.
     

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