tapered edges

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by laborador, May 8, 2004.

  1. laborador

    laborador LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    Some of the pictures I see of the yards that you guys are doing have tapered edges and some do not. My question is how many of you taper you edges and if so do you not only taper the edges around the driveway, sidewalks, curbs, do you also taper the edges around beds after edging. It seems if you can get it to look good with out tapereing it, it would safe a lot of time. Thanks
     
  2. hoyboy

    hoyboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Posts: 346

    A straight vertical edge looks much nicer
     
  3. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,308

    I like a vertical edge and a rolled [tappered edge] but this takes trimming twice. This makes a nice tight green lawn.........
     
  4. laborador

    laborador LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    I am pretty weak when it comes to making tapered edges. I seem to burn the grass a lot. What is your technique to help not burn the edges, where do you put the trimmer head. Thanks
     
  5. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    Straight vertical edges here 90% of the time. Sometime we taper a little around some beds
     
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    DO NOT flat top/taper the edges!!!! if i had a nickle for every time i said this, i'd, well, have a few nickles.
     
  7. laborador

    laborador LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    I assume you guys that do not taper, mow with the edges of the mowing deck all the way to the edge. I have heard from some people that when you do this that the edges are flat instead of verticle because the wheels and casters are smushing the grass down. Do you guys experience this. Thanks
     
  8. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    Why Bobby, been doing that forever. Looks great, like stick edger
     
  9. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    Actually I lap over the edge a few inches to the pavement side
     
  10. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    If you are really good with a line trimmer it doesn't take that much longer to bevel an edge. I do it when the edger and mower left it looking shaggy and as I walk from one bed to another along a piece of pavement. It takes me no longer to walk it an my customers like the little extra.

    I alternate my mow path to avoid rutting and 1 in 4 mows I leave a 6-12 in swath of grass that needs to be line trimmed so it gets beveled then and I don't have to worry so much about rutting up against the bed.
     

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