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Edging question

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by gunputt, Aug 14, 2003.

  1. gunputt

    gunputt LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    I need to install 300 feet of black plastic edging, and I am wondering if there is an alternative to a sod cutter or a spade for cutting the trench.
    Thanks, John
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    I used to use a machine called "E-Z Trencher". It made a nice 4" deep inch wide trench in heavy dry silt soil. It was excellent.
  3. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    Yepp,A bed edger will get you there,But talk them out of that god awful plastic crap.It don't last but 2-3 years before its up and out of the ground.Plus it don't look worth a dang.
  4. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    I agree with dvmcmrhp52 about it looking like crap. Depending on your clients, it might be a necessary and profitable part of your business.

    There are better quality plastic edging like Oly-Ola or Edge King (?) that stand up to sun light.
  5. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Posts: 1,647

    Why the plastic edging? Need to hold back gravel or mulch?
  6. Trim Creations

    Trim Creations LawnSite Member
    from Ks
    Posts: 87

    I must agree I refuse to use the plastic, metal or stone or concrete. never plastic more labor, more work, less $$$$, And the end user is not happy.
  7. idugaholez

    idugaholez LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    Wow, suprised to hear all the nagative comments about black plastic edging. Ive been in business for six years, and worked for a landscaper for 5 years before that, and I can only remember repairing about a 6foot section that came up. I put it in with a Brown trencher, with an edging blade, and use Valley V iew Ace of diamond edging. I do use more stakes (usually 5 to 6 depending on how many curves), but to this day, have had basically no problem with it. I bout the edger mid way through my first landscaing job. I had put in about 120' of edging by hand, i wan to say it took us about 2 hours to put it in. I went and bought the edger, and put in the other 100 feet in about 25 minutes. I highly recomend it, its paid for itself over and over.
  8. Stickman11

    Stickman11 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    Why are you using the bed edger with the 4" trenching blade?
    You need to use the straight edge blade on the trencher. This allows the black plastic to go straight in, tight, and no holding it for back fill. But I'm in aggreement with all of you T-A-C-K-Y!!!
    And I'll never do it...for anyone!!!!!

    The McGuire Landscape
    Richmond, VA.
  9. adamc6

    adamc6 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    Where is a good place to buy edging?

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