Edging question for sidewalks

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by machsixer, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. machsixer

    machsixer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Okay board, I know this may be a dumb question.
    I have a nice bladed Stihl edger. When I edge my sidewalks for the first time of the year, I seem to get a nice cut dragging it backwards, but the remainder of the overgrown grass/turf that remains on the sidewalk looks like S**T! How do all you guys remove the turf that seems forever embedded to the concrete after making your first or second nice grooved verticle cut? I've tried blowing it and even raking to loosen it up but that sure seems to take a while, not exactly cost effective. I've also gone back over it with my string trimmer which really doesn't seem to loosen the turf either. Am I missing something? I even thought about grinding it loose/off with my blade but that doesn't seem to be the best thing for blade life! Any ideas would be great! Thanks in advance from a newbie!!
  2. tilawn

    tilawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    overgrown from previous season? why not edge through out the mowing season and you would not have the problem in the beginning
  3. hockeypro1411

    hockeypro1411 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    i dont think i fully understand what you're asking, but ill take a stab at it. when we have a new customer whos got grass thats basically taking over the sidewalk we get a straight shovel and basically edge the grass with that and scrape whats left off the concrete and into a pile.
  4. dlmccarthy

    dlmccarthy LawnSite Member
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    Messages: 1

    Use a square headed spade -- slide it flat against the sidewalk under the "ugly" turf you have already cut. Pick up by hand, then blow.
  5. Mimowerman

    Mimowerman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    If I am understanding your post correctly... You mean the grass still left after you edge once, and blow the edged grass off the walkway. I fix this problem by edging sometimes twice, backwards, and then a flat shovel. However edging twice typically gets 95%
  6. Tturfcare

    Tturfcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Maybe spray a little Round Up. I don't know though that is a thought
  7. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    I hold my edger at an angle and run the end of the blade against the concrete to cut the turf out better. I sometimes have to pull chunks out after this on the first edging. After that it should clean up well if you edge each week. In other words, instead of the edger blade being perfectly paralell to the cement, angle it at about 30 degrees and it will kind of cut a wedge of turf away from the cement.
  8. machsixer

    machsixer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Thanks for the fast replies board, I appreciate it and will try all of your ideas!
  9. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    First cut of the season, I edge once w/new blade.... then clean it up with the trimmer.... one more time with the edger.
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    You should edge every week to avoid this problem. I have only seen this problem for new edge or one that has not been maintained in a long time.

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