Weed-eater or Edger???????

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by DillonsLawnCare, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. mgray10

    mgray10 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    For the record:

    When one edges a bed or hardscaping, an edger should be used to control growth of the turf roots, too. The only exceptions I see are when there is significant wiring that is known to be shallow, and when the turf grade is high enough above the hardscape or bed to visibly see the roots (line trimmer will hit these easily). Since I don't like running an edger around the beds, I stress that the bed edge is created properly so that the mulch meets the turf down by the roots.

    Edging isn't just about cutting the grass, gentlemen.
     
  2. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
    Posts: 646

    there is no way you can establish an edge with a trimmer (weed eater) so if its bad i use a walkbehind edger... not to bad i use a stick edger.. but once i establish the edge... i only use the trimmer... beginning of each season i use the stick once then the rest of the time its the line trimmer
     
  3. ALC LAWNCARE

    ALC LAWNCARE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    i use a weedeater
     
  4. Trenchblade

    Trenchblade LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 317

    I only use an edger, no offense to the guys who use a string trimmer to edge with, that why they make them.
     
  5. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,421

    I'm on my third tanaka edger, love 'em. It the only shaft driven edger, and its nimble enough to go anywhere. I even use it to tidy up existing beds.
     
  6. BigGreen1

    BigGreen1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 293

    This has been asked before. I thought about it for quite awhile. I have used both and have decided...edgers don't cut grass and line trimmers don't cut dirt. Use an edger to establish an edge and a trimmer to maintain it.

    Tim
     
  7. bighaydenslawn

    bighaydenslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 516

    I use a Stihl 2-Stroke trimmer for all of the walk and bed edging. I think it does a satisfactory job.
     
  8. sulcl

    sulcl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    Trimmer. It might take you two or three times to get that perfect edge.
     
  9. Green Earth Inc.

    Green Earth Inc. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    All depends if you want curb appeal. Hardedging is clean, crist and fresh. Detail matters in our indestry. Line Trimming is sloppy. Gaps develop by L.T. Bad!
     
  10. tomc327

    tomc327 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 0

    Cheap $40 walk behind Craftsman edger (Craigslist) at the beginning of each month and the line trimmer the rest of the month.
     

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