edging the initial edge

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GreenGrassEarnsCash, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. GreenGrassEarnsCash

    GreenGrassEarnsCash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I dont know about anyone else but i hate edging that initial edge of a customer who hasnt had it done in a lonnnnng time! i was wondering if there were any hints or tips on how i can make this go smoothly and easily. thanks! Also what do you guys charge for an initial edging?
  2. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    can be easieer if yoyu use a walk behind first time, then you can use a stick edger after that , or just tough it out and get it done with the stick edger
  3. AboveTheCut

    AboveTheCut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    Seems to works for me fine. On the ones that have never been done, i use a a stick edger and follow that up with either a flat shovel or a trimmer to clean up anything that the stick edger missed. There's nothing like a nice edge.
  4. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 967

    The hardest part I find about it is finding the edge of the sidewalk and following it. Does anyone else find this hard?

    I would give you advice on pricing but I need advice myself.
  5. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Follow the edge with a flat shovel first, it helps when it's way overgrown. You don't have to follow all of it unless you want to make it easier on the edger. I don't do this much but, I'll edge about a shovel width and skip a few feet if the surface seems to be straight.
  6. jtrice11

    jtrice11 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    If you have alot of linear footage, use a walk-behind. 25 cents a foot.
  7. T Edwards

    T Edwards LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    If the turf has grown out onto the cement by more than a couple of inches I've found it's easier to use the string trimmer for a rough draft and then clean it up with the edger. You'll go thru more line this way but the edging goes a lot quicker. Estimate how long it will take you to do it and add in some equipment charges and fuel expenses. I caught on during the 2nd job. That's the funny thing about estimates.......they always seem better before the work begins.
  8. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Landscape edging or Lawn edging?
  9. GreenGrassEarnsCash

    GreenGrassEarnsCash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    lawn edging
  10. rtr

    rtr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I do ALOT of intials! (Bank owned Foreclose properties) I have found for the real bad stuff I get the cleanest edge with an axe. Find the cement, start a cut and then chop chop chop ,fine tune with the stick edger. My record for longest unbroken peice is 58'!

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