Newbie needs some info on edging

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by buffalonick, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. buffalonick

    buffalonick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    First off I have searched and searched and all i found was about lawn edging! Ok i constantly see pictures of landscape jobs, and mostly see criticism on "the edging" ? And how people have laid mulch without edging it. To my knowledge edging is cutting into the ground and making a nice clean looking cut edge on the lawn, where you can see a definitive change between the mulch and landscape area and the grass. And overall looks clean and not messy. How do you make this edge? Can you do it by hand, if not what tool specifically? All i have been able to find is attachments to walker mowers and dingos. And any pictures of nicely edged landscapes?
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My weapon of choice is a simple edging spade. I like it because it makes a uniform even depth cut with a very clean edge. Other who cut by hand like to use a half moon edging tool. I don't like it because it does not cut an even depth.

    A lot of people are using mechanical edgers. Some simply cut a vertical line while others cut and clear a valley to one side.

    I like the clean look and line of a hand cut edge.

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  3. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm with AGLA, a clean edge cut with a sharpened spade is the best mulch to grass edge. It's simple, can be change or expanded with little effort in the future and always matches the surrounding design elements. Often a metal edge or similar plastic edge is utilized between a stone or gravel area and it's surroundings to keep the stone from migrating into the mulch or turf.

    A clean line from a spade or one of the dedicated bed edgers is the way to go. You will have to be concerned with buried wires, pipes or tubes but some investigation and a learned feel with a shovel will avoid most mishaps. Some repair tools and supplies are always a good thing to keep in your toolbox, as things happen and a quick repair can easily avoid a bigger problem. Cable tv installers are notorious for barely burying their lines, so locate the entry points of cable and phone if underground and edge slowly and carefully. A power edger shreds these wires and cables quite effectively.

  4. Premier landscaping south

    Premier landscaping south LawnSite Senior Member
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    I see in new york and I am not really familiar with your soil conditions so this may or may not work for you.

    Down here in South Carolina we have have clay. When it is dry clay is really hard although when wet it can be dealt with. If dry I would water the area to be edged. I used my stick edger with a fresh blade to make these edges about 2 days after a good rain. Came back with square point shovel on a 35 degree angle. After some practice it goes pretty quick.

    Hope this helped you out.
  5. Stevegotcrabgrass

    Stevegotcrabgrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    I use both a walk behind edger and a half moon. I have a power trim edger and love it. You can use the half moon to clean it up. After the edge is established you can usually maintain it with a weed wacker.
  6. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I use a Turfco Edge-R-ite, Basically its a half of a sod cutter, has several blade options, you can use it to cut L shaped edge around mulch beds, V shaped edge around trees, remove a 1" U shaped ribbon of sod next to sidewalks or concrete. Also has a blade that is about 3" wide, removes a ribbon of sod, which can be replaced, if you are laying dog fence or CATV. One good thing, if you are used to using it, you can feel it hitting a CATV wire, before you actually cut it! Google Edgerite, or turfco. Sometimes you can find them at golf course auctions, for way less than what Turfco gets for them.
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  8. White Gardens

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  9. glaciator

    glaciator LawnSite Member
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    Here is my take. My customers have liked the look of flagstone strip stone edging. It is 4" high, about 1 1/2-2" wide and various lengths set flush with the sod surface. On the mulch side, I leave the soil down about 3" and fill that in with mulch. Then the mower wheel can run on the top of the edging and then one only needs to run a string trimmer along the flagstone edge to clean it up. Here in CO, most landscapers use steel edging (14 gauge galvenized roll top safety edging held in with edging pins), but the flagstone has a much more natural and appealing look and is almost as funtional to keep grass out of the beds. Some maintenance is required at the joints of the flagstone as sod will slowly creep into the beds between the joints, but the overall look is much nicer than steel edging. I use either a pick/ax or a square sod spade to install depending on how hard the soil is. Hope this helps.
  10. BearWise Landscapers

    BearWise Landscapers LawnSite Senior Member
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