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Fixing bad edges

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lego, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    I have a yard that has some really bad edging.
    Someone in the family dug a trench along the walkways and flower beds, threw seed down and its just a mess. I can get a picture probably tomorrow.

    I'm trying to think of the quickest easiest way to fix the edges and start maintaining correct ones.

    An idea of the current edges are crooked, different size gaps (one area might be an edger blade in width, the next a half inch, then a hole inch), bare dirt and some dead grass..

    My thought is to bring in some new soil, dig them out and fill them in, plant, and then once the grass fills in to run an edger along them and then start maintaining normal.

    Anyone else have an idea to clean them up? The way I am thinking isn't exactly the quickest
  2. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    get a picture. its hard for me to understand what your describing
  3. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    Yeah I figured it would be. I'll grab a picture tomorrow while I am out & post it.
  4. Joel D

    Joel D LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    I've ran into that before. Depending on how many feet you have to do the best thing I have to do is get a few bags of topsoil, throw it in the hole and put some seed on it. Then start edging properly when the grass comes in. It really doesn't take much time. Just throw it in there then clean it up with a blower.
  5. JMK26

    JMK26 LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Missouri
    Messages: 2,266

    as the other post said, pics would be best to get an answer.

    Trench to me is 5 feet wide at the top and 4-5 feet deep. Anything less is a ditch, and then you have a furrow, then someone just cut into the dirt wrong with a shovel....

    I understand trench is an exaggeration, but it's a unit of measurement that doesn't exist.
  6. M&L

    M&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    I've got a client that "edged" part of there lawn pretty poorly. Like 4" deep by 2-5" wide. I let the grass grow over the moat for a few weeks, then just started cleaning it up with a string trimmer. You can't really tell from the street.
    When its just really crooked along a driveway or something, I use my walk behind edger with a little bit of an angle to it and cut it again.
  7. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    Here are the images. I took two of them - its not the hole thing, but gives you an idea. Basically like this around the entire house

    I mean my guess is to just put some new soil in with some seed, let it grow, than run my stihl edger along the sidewalk & then maintain it with the weed eater.


  8. lego

    lego LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    I added the same image twice, sorry

  9. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    Pull all the crabgrass out, turn over the soil, add seed and starter fert. 4-6 weeks later you should have green grass growing.

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