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Bed edges

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FrankenScagMachines, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    I have another question, this one about bed edges. I got a nice sized mulch job and the beds need edged, kind of have an edge but it's at a 70 degree angle or so, not vertical and needs cleaned up. Will my Echo SRM2400SB with edger attachment do the job or will this require renting a bed edger? If mine will work, any special technique or am I just going to have to make the vertical cut and then use a shovel to get up the soil and just throw it in the bed before i mulch?
    Thanks,
    Eric
     
  2. one word

    SHOVEL
     
  3. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    I've got the right idea, but I use a flat spade (guess that what you call it), leaves it straight. If its on a slope, do not (dont use this junk anyway) use pine mulch, its too light and will wash down. Use hardwood.
     
  4. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,050

    If it's a good size project rent a edger, you won't regreat you did leaves a nice shape edge and saves a lot of time. I'd say if it's more than 100 linear foot I'd rent one.
     
  5. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Aztlan, it's about 400 linear feet of edging. I read on here that it is about $40 a half day which is all I'd need, and I'm charging them $75 for the edging so I guess I'll probably rent one. Thanks, :)
     
  6. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    I'm new at edging and have the stihl split shaft with edger attachment, and I'm wondering the same thing.

    Should my edger only be used for sidewalks, etc.?

    Besides a flat spade, is there a specialized shovel for this? digging shovel is not flat.

    I like the hardwood mulch tip.

    Mike
     
  7. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    no need to rent to make a straight edge.....take the stick edger and make the bed line where you want it, then what i usually do is go along the edge with the flat part of a mattox and dig up between the edge and the bed and leaves a nice clean line.
     
  8. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    What's a mattox?
     
  9. Green Thumb Lawncare

    Green Thumb Lawncare LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 25

    Nada, whats a MAttox with you? jj, lol
     
  10. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    too late MDB, I already reserved one. It's going to cost me $30 so thats $45 labor I think that would be suffecient? The worst part is the rental store is out of the way but the others are already reserved.
     

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