edging around trees with mulch?

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  1. txnbygod

    txnbygod LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    several of my newer accts are in a new developement that has new trees planted along the curbs and common areas.

    they have been mulched in about a 3 foot diameter around and always have bermuda creeping into the mulch

    i have a hard time just trying to get a even circular shape with my string trimmer. lol. i have a stick edger. does that work any better?

    what is the best method to get a deep, clean, circular edge around these plantings? whoever does the common areas does a nice job and keeps that dang bermuda out of there. am i stuck with getting down on my knees and weeding them every week?
  2. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    Edge with your edger! It will make a huge difference. Just be careful not to make your circles wider and wider each week by cutting the sod back too much. (Lesson learned a couple of years ago)
  3. Trenchblade

    Trenchblade LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    You should try a trenchblade to to your tree rings with. It will help keep the mulch in the rings.
  4. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    The Edgit is the BEST way to do what you want to do. It is the best application for it.
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051


    I'm thinking the Trench blade will stir up to much dirt and get mixed in the mulch but it might leave a better edge. I think it's a toss up, the Edgit will trim good around the bed but still leave stragglers in the mulch though. The Trench blade should leave a smooth clean finish but you'll have extra dirt and debris to clean up and deal with.
  6. Trenchblade

    Trenchblade LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    If you use a trenchblade, you will want to rake the mulch back and put a good edge on there with it, them blow it up and rake it back. That should give you a good starting point where you could maintain it from there on out. You may want to consider using a PGR (plant growth regulator) on the backside edges of the turf so it will not have to be maintained as much throughout the growing season. Always use a stick edger when backside edging. A string trimmer (even with the edgit) will not go deep enough to cut the roots that are surly creeping into your beds. If you edge your backsides with a string trimmer, you are creating an encroachment problem for your self. The root growth that you are not getting with the string trimmer will continue to grow strong underground and get well rooted into your beds. We always use a stick edger to edge with and spray the encroaching turf with round up after it has been properly edged.
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I was halfway right. :D For the record, I haven't tried a Trench blade but plan on trying them.
  8. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457

    have u tried these yet or anyone else? redoing some beds and remember reading about these blades. if u did can i ask what is the difference from a regular edger blade? thanks
  9. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,365

    use the stick edger. if you edge around it every week, you should not have a problem with the grass growing in. thats how i do it here and comes out good!
  10. bare spot

    bare spot LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457

    bills lawn thanks for the help, have used the stick edger but was wondering if these things are different from a stick edger blade or if they are basically the same.

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