edge question?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mikey, Jan 17, 2002.

  1. mikey

    mikey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    hi im starting out this spring...
    now aroung the edge of the lawns what do u use to get that straight line around?Is there like a machine (cordless. gas)
    i am unable to use a weedwacker cuz i chop up the lawn and also
    i can hold it steady enough am i using the wrong tool?Is there another maching i should be using>?

  2. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
    Messages: 516

    I use a "Stick Edger" that can be bought @ a local stihl dealer. try the "Search" feature of this site and type in edger, you get over 5 pages of threads
  3. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    Mikey, you may want to consider the Stihl FS85T split boom ... all the attachments I think, would be appropriate.
  4. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    Well, I will tell you what to do but you're not gonna like it;

    Keep working on edging with the weed eater. It takes about 2-4 weeks of doing it daily to really get good at it. But it's really the best way.

    Here's the formula we and a lot of other good companies use; for hard edges (e.g. where grass meets concrete) use a metal blade edger. It can be a stick edger (our preference) or a regular, old fashioned walk behind edger. But for soft edges (where grass meets flowerbeds) you should use a string trimmer (weedeater). That method produces the best, most crisp edge. But it takes some patience and you have to develop skill. Once you get it, you'll always have it. I could just about edge a lawn with a string trimmer at running speed and do it perfectly.

    Don't worry, it's something a lot of us struggle with at first. There's always a learning curve with every one of my new employees. But they all catch on after a few weeks. The trick is to go very slow until you get that steady hand. Then build up speed as you get better.

    I am sure there are lots of other ways to do it. A stick edger on hard edges works ok too. But this is the best method, IMO.

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