Bed Edging Question?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Delco Landscaping, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. Delco Landscaping

    Delco Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    What do you guys use to edge beds if no dedicated edger is available, a flipped over trimmer or a manual stick edger (flat blade shovel?)
  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    I edge usually once a year using a blade edger (hand helds and walkbehind)
    and utilize a line trimmer to maintain the illusion along
    sidewalks and around tree circles for the rest of the year.
    It's an artform and some employees are
    masters at it.
    Some-times we deep edge gardens with a square shovel. It depends on the site.

    We have the B.C. Landscape Standard that suggests we could do a hard edge with a
    blade edger say, twice a year.

    Some of the companies here have a dedicated employee that goes around every week
    like an artist, and redefines the edges.
    Larger properties contracts are worded so that half of the site will be done one
    week and the other half the second week, as required.

    Unless some-one or some-thing has destroyed the edge space,
    I would rather save time and just use a line trimmer.
    I can really get the same look either way
  3. VirginiaLawnCare

    VirginiaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    I use a bed edger once a year then I can up keep it with a line trimmer the rest of the year.
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I use my TurfTeq in spring and stick edger rest the time depending the growth
  5. ncknaklawns

    ncknaklawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 379

    Use stick edger if they buy the landscape surface- and then cut it deep with a shovel edger. Maintain the lawn with string trimmer.
  6. cole102

    cole102 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    honestly i think when you first make the bed a square shovel does the best job.
  7. shade tree landscaping

    shade tree landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 915

  8. Yardmasters Lawn Care

    Yardmasters Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    A little trick I learned is to use an ice chipper (in Canada), makes for a really bang-up job if you're in a pinch (this is how I edge all the time anyway).
  9. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,274

    I usually make the edge with a spade shovel - a flat shovel. I am considering getting the kombi be-redefine attachment.
  10. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    We use string trimmer turned 90 degrees. we can create a defined edge in the middle of the lawn if the customer wants...Trick is big power heads on string trimmers and good line. We prefer the gator line with nylon in the center. Beds are edged every week to 2 weeks depending on usage areas.

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