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How To: Bed Cutting

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by cutman2000, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 202

    I was approached by a potential customer and they are wanting their flower beds cut. I was wondering how some of you are doing this. I only have a stick edger. And I do have spades. I'm posting a few pictures of what I think are ideal. Please post pics of what you did and how if possible. I have heard of the Bed Edger, but that's not in my budget right now.
    #1. How do you do this?
    #2. How much/How do you charge?

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  2. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    spade shovel. they sell a goofy edger shovel thing but I don't see it making it go any faster. I use my stick edger to "draw" the initial line. Seems to be easier to keep the line/curve straighter. Edging is very easy just a little time consuming but good money. If they are small beds and you don't have space to get rid of the dirt clumps then factor in hauling them away. Usually I use my tiller when I'm done to disperse of the grass/dirt from the edges. I charge 1.00 a foot or more. Your work has to show the price you charge
     
  3. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    heres a few I found. Make sure you go deep enough so you can maintain the edge after mulching. Nothing more annoying than having mulch sitting on the grass every week.

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  4. jj123

    jj123 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 32

    #1 With one of these. A bed edger machine, you can rent them at your local equipment rental place.
    #2 I Charge them the rental price and then a per sq./ft. price. (example $1.25 sq./ft.)

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  5. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    How deep do those go? Only time I've seen them used was by half ass companies and they only went 2-3" tops which doesnt do anything. I'm not doubting them at all. I'm just curious.
     
  6. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 202

    You did this with a stick edger?
     
  7. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 202

    what all did you use to make these beds?
     
  8. jj123

    jj123 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Posts: 32

    charmill, they go down a good 3in. or so. They leave a really nice crisp clean edge. I usually come back with a strait edged shovel and dig it a little deeper if need be.
     
  9. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    Noo stick edger doesn't do anything but "draw the line" for you to follow. You could do the same with a trimmer. Only used to draw the line. For me its easier for me to use the edger to draw out cleaner better flowing lines. After the stick edger bust out the spade shovel. I usually go through one pass with the spade to get the edge as deep as I want then go back through and clear out the dirt/grass. Then clean it up. It's extremely simple once you do it. Depending on the particular lawn I may go through at a 45* angle on the dirt side if needed to level it out a little
     
  10. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 645

    Half moon shovel, I haven't gotten into huge properties so I can't even justify renting an edger yet. More pictures on the first page of pictures/work thread.

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