"Angled" or "vertical" edging with a trimmer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeKle, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    On many of my properties, I just run the trimmer along the walks and driveway edges at an angled position, but some customers ask me to edge it more vertically, It does look better vertically, but on some yards, it doesnt. Most people do not care as long as it is at least done, but others are particular about it? Plus I always wonder if it is really good to run a trimmer upside down? And for some reason, I have to walk backwards to edge it properly! Ive tried walking forward doing it and it turns out looking bad? Just wondering which way other guys are doing it.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i edge vertically with my trimmer. because it is 2 cycle the engine will not get starved of oil if it is turned upside down. i also walk backwards when edging
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I use and edgit and get good results with it....cost about 55 bux
  4. DFLS

    DFLS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    I do it that way too. Just like cutting wood with a table saw you have to feed in the direction of the spinning blade. Keep the string fed out all the way and the rpms up and have the string get as close as possible to the (dirt, sidewalk) as possible without touching. The more the string contacts the ground the more line you waste. And try to resist the urge to cut too much off your "edge" -- just take off what is necessary to maintain your edge. As you get better at it you can go really fast. I find myself not looking where the string is cutting but more like a couple feet in the direction I am headed.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    We always edge vertically with a trimmer. My guys don't even use a edger. Once you get used to using the trimmer it is second nature.
  6. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    Running the trimmer at 45 degree angle scalps the outside edge of the grass and causes problems with weeds, it also looks like hell. The edges around concrete are already the first to get stressed when it gets dry.

    This is the preferred method by hack companies around here.
  7. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,713

    yup- won't hurt your 2 cycle engines. I walk kinda backwards too. Sorta do a one foot behind the other side step. I generally like to do a straight down vertical cut. That way the grass is nice and thick next to the concrete sidewalk or driveway and weeds have a tougher time growing.
  8. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,176

    I always edge vertically leaves a nice looking edge.
  9. Kutz Lawns

    Kutz Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    My trimmer actually runs better upside down!
  10. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    Although I dont have many, Yards that do not see any fertilizer actually look worse edging vertically, so I always edge those at an angle.I can go forward doing the angle too. When I hold my trimmers upside down, they always make a weird noise like their not running right?

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