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Ok, so some people say they are not worth the time, others lovem. Are the ones that don't use them just looking to be cheaper and like diging with a shovel?

How good are these things really?

I've never used one personally... but I'm getting tired of digging with my back...

Work smarter not harder, right?

Which brands do you guys like best?

They don't cut through roots to well do they?

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I bought a EZtrench Bedscaper in the fall and am selling it now. In the long run IMO they do not save any time or labor. In fact it takes longer and is more labor intensive than a stick edger and a spade. I am talking about reedging beds in the spring. The only time I think they would be useful is for new jobs or creating beds in existing turf, by using round-up. I wanted It for the spring edge before mulching. When I used the demo it was on a new job and I loved it. But by the time you run the machine over an existing bed, rake the pulverized grass clumps(which are actually lots of little turf plugs being thrown all over the bed)and go back and spray round up or manually pull the small clumps of grass, you are not saving time or your back. Not to mention the shallow irrigation lines or lighting wires you destroy. This is one machine i could have done without-Harry
 

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thats what I'm talking about... you sound like alot of guys that I know who have used the machine. I have heard more negatives than positives.

Yes, I know about renting tools.
 

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The Brown bed edger I purchased last season is definately a time and labor saver. Anything it touches it pulverizes into a fine powder which is easily raked back into the beds. I can edge beds as fast as I can walk backwards. My only complaint is the problem cutting irrigation/fence lines.

For new installs, they cant be beat.
 

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I just picked up a new 'Bed Shaper' this year. That thing is great! I rented an easy trencher last year, and that thing was pure crap! No comparison. The Bed Shaper was a bit more money, but it is so easy to use, and does a great job.
 

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Definately brown bed shaper all the way. All you have to do is go rake lil of the debri back, which is already ground up. It cuts a nice deep line, which is also adjustable. You can also get trencher blades, for laying dog fence, piping, etc. Compared to manual labor...well...theres nothing that compares.
 

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To you guys with a brown edger: Do you have grass growing in your beds weeks after edging? Does the brown have any major differences then the EZ trench bedscaper? I know the majority of people love bed edgers so I wonder if I am missing somthing. My crew dosen't like using it either, so its not just me. Beleive me I am always looking to "work smarter".Thanks Harry
 

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For big jobs I use an edger. If your operator knows what he is doing (a huge assumption), by this I mean the operator is only very slightly going into the bed, there is very little clean up. Of course a lot depends on the previous season's lawn care. It is imperative that the mowers stay off the edge so as not to pack it down.
 

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Originally posted by DowntoEarthLLC
Ok, so some people say they are not worth the time, others lovem. Are the ones that don't use them just looking to be cheaper and like diging with a shovel?

How good are these things really?

I've never used one personally... but I'm getting tired of digging with my back...

Work smarter not harder, right?

Which brands do you guys like best?

They don't cut through roots to well do they?

I love this place
If you want to see I'm across the wilson bridge,yes work smarter yes save the back I like browns honda it will cut through small roots.
 

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The one thing that I noticed yesterday with my Brown edger was
if the soil is wet and not fairly dry then it will leave the clumps of
grass in the bed. If the soil is dry then it pulverizes it into fine soil that just has to be raked evenly before you mulch.
 

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The brown will not only cut through roots, it will edge through rocks. I bought one at the first of the year and its worth every penny. To answer the question about grass in the beds, the answer for me is no, because i apply Snapshot after i mulch anyhow so that takes care of any problems.
 

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i apply Snapshot after i mulch anyhow so that takes care of any problems.

Not to get off topic too much, but why after? Are you applying granular or liquid? If it's granular, it needs to be incorporated into the mulch, which can be accomplished by applying before mulching... If it's liquid, then you are probably fine. One thing I've noticed is Snapshot/XL seems to be somewhat volatile when exposed to sunlight. Changes color, it's very obvious.

Back to edgers, we have a Bed Shaper, and just this year purchased the pulverizer attachment for it. What a difference! The pulverizer has saved us countless hours, not to mention a lot of gas! We are only taking one truck and trailer to jobs that we had been taking both trucks and trailers to. I firmly believe the pulverizer attachment has helped get us much further ahead on scheduled maintenance than we ever could have hoped for 2 months ago! We have spread over 150 yards of mulch (2 guys) in the last month, and have also done 3-4 installs too.... If it weren't for the pulverizer attachment, we would NOT be that far along!

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Just seems to me that it's less work to apply it before mulching.... Then it's already incorporated and you don't need to water all the thousands of square feet of bed...

Just MHO...................


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It would also seem to me that you wouldnt have weed seed control in the mulch if you put it under it instead of ontop, which is where most seeds germinate in. Thats why i want a complete barrier in everything.
 

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I have never had any problem applying it before mulching. It is possible that method did not obtain 100% control, but I doubt any method will obtain that.

Snapshot is only good for 3-4 months, MAX, after that, it's up to Round-up...

To each his own.

Back to edgers!


Dan
 
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