How do you get the very clear defined edge?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Jesusl, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. Jesusl

    Jesusl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    As i walked around passing out postcard for my business i noticed a lot of lawns have a very defined edge. it looks like the grass is about 1 inch above the rest of the lawn. is there I tool i can use to get it so that there is a very clean edge between the bark dust and grass?
     
  2. Todd73

    Todd73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Florida
    Messages: 1,096

    An edger???
     
  3. That Guy Gary

    That Guy Gary LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 655

    Are you talking about planter beds? If so most of us do that with a line trimmer.
     
  4. Todd73

    Todd73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Florida
    Messages: 1,096

    I use an edger for that as well.
     
  5. That Guy Gary

    That Guy Gary LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 655

    I have yet to try this, most planter beds I maintain an edge on aren't straight and I feel like the stick edger would be awkward enough that I would either do a poor job or screw it up.

    Do you place the wheel on the lawn or in the planter bed? I want to try it when I help a crew with one of the larger apt complexes.
     
  6. Rockchoplawn

    Rockchoplawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    Manufacturers such as Stihl, Husquvarna, and Echo make these products similar to string trimmers branded as edgers. They have a metal blade along with a wheel that is used for stability and precision. Simply place the wheel side on either the concrete or landscape bed (depending on what you are edging) and you get a nice defined line. We use the FC111 by Stihl works great!
     
  7. Todd73

    Todd73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Florida
    Messages: 1,096

    Either. Although I find it easier when the wheel is in the bed.
     
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  8. Dawson

    Dawson LawnSite Senior Member
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    Me too......its interesting how once you get north of Georgia so few people even know what a stick edger is. Down here a lawn service without a stick edger getting used on pretty much every driveway, sidewalk, and grass edged bed would be akin to a lawn service using brooms to sweep off driveways instead of blowers. Different types of grass i guess.
     
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  9. TomH&H

    TomH&H LawnSite Member
    Male, from Coopersburg, PA
    Messages: 69

    I don't know if it's the grass or the soil. I have never tried an edger along a walkway, but I did borrow one once to re-edge a bed. It got so clogged up with the damp clay that it was useless. So I always edge with a string trimmer, and if I need to cut a new edge, a good old fashioned garden spade, and string trimmer cleanup.
     
  10. Todd73

    Todd73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Florida
    Messages: 1,096

    It's the grass type without a doubt. Let that St. Aug go a couple weeks, and it's going to creep out onto everything.

    I thought about also getting a dedicated bed redefiner like this, https://www.stihlusa.com/products/bed-redefiner/professional-bed-redefiner/fb131/ but can't justify the $600 price tag for something that would get used only a couple times per season.
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2017

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