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tequniques for mulch, weed and grass removal in bed cleanups?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by firelift, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. firelift

    firelift LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I am doing more and more bed jobs this year and have came across a couple beds that need the edge line redefined. What are some good techniques for the removal of whats in the existing beds (like mulch, weeds, and grass from improper edging)?

    Last year we just used edgers and action hoes to remove the grass that had ran into the existing beds. I know with pine straw you cant leave the weeds and grass. Can you leave the weeds and grass and just spray with roundup then put mulch over and just define the edge line?
     
  2. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. I mow in est

    I mow in est LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    o have something kind of like that, i have aa stihl edger that mounts to my kombi, same thing as that but doesnt have 6 blade like tip thing, mine is great for sidewalks, and mulch beds,and driveways, but with a kombi its cheaper too, and its stihl cant go wrong with them
     
  4. firelift

    firelift LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    That echo hand tool is about 900 bucks and I just dont see it being worth the money. I can spen 14 bucks on a action hoe and move just as fast.
     
  5. awagner9

    awagner9 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW,Ohio
    Posts: 303

    they are only 600 and work great as long as soil is somewhat dry
     
  6. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712

    I saw these in a thread the other day and had to check the website out. Some guys are swearing by these and at about $4.50 a pop compared to $500 or so for the echo bed definer... might just be worth $4.50 to try them out. They go on just about any stick edger.

    http://www.trenchblade.com/Home
     
  7. fastpine

    fastpine LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    that trench blade seems great, but I cant find the diffrence between it and the original blade on my stick edger?
     
  8. I mow in est

    I mow in est LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    i just sent them a email .... ill see if they respond.... i said whts the difference between your trench blade and my stihl, lets see how good there customer service is.....:hammerhead:
     
  9. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712

    What I've seen from the trenchblade web site is unlike the blade on a stick edger (at least on my kawi it is really just a rectangle piece of metal), the trenchblade has a beveled edge to one side on one end, and another bevel in the other direction on the other end. Hence digging a wider trench rather than just an edge line. At least that's what it looks like to me.
     
  10. LLahwen

    LLahwen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    you're correct, the trenchblade has a beveled edge. hence the name, trenchblade, implying that when it is in use it will 'trench' rather than simply verticut a normal edge.

    i went to the site and saw the photos, i noticed how the guy was modeling using the edger while the bed was on his right.

    i typically follow a pattern that brings me around my houses, and all the beds i edge i keep the bed on my left, **** the edger slightly and it makes a nice beveled bedline... say you're looking at the house, start from the front far right corner of course, but coming up the driveway upon a bed, let the edger continue its line and angle it towards your left.

    not only do i find it ridiculous to spend 600+ on that stupid echo idea, but i'll also keep my 4.50 for a trenchblade, and my customers will never know the difference to even care.
     

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