Sidewalk edging question

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by firstchoice1, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. firstchoice1

    firstchoice1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 138

    In recent I have been offering my customers quotes on sidewalk edging, at rates I think are pretty fair for the time it takes. My sidewalk edging includes driveway, sidewalks, and the curb where the grass ends.

    I suspect that some of the residentials don't consider the curb where the grass ends part of what they want.

    What do you guys think people generally want included in a sidewalk power edging?

    How long does it normally take you to do say 240 ft of sidewalk edging with a power edger?


  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    It all depends on how overgrown the grass is. If it hasn't been edged ever, then it may take a little time. But if it is edged more regularly then it really doesn't take a whole lot of time. More overgrown edges require more time to clean-up, if you do the service weekly or biweekly all you need to do is use a blower and clean up the area.
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    With a stick edger, and already established lines, then it shouldn't take more than thirty minutes to do 240 feet.

    I do the curbs and if the customer has brick or curb edging around the landscaping then I'll edge that too.

    I generally charge the same price or little less than a mow. If it has never been touched in 10 years, highly overgrown, then I'll charge labor and hauling to re-establish the edge. I've done a couple of over-grown corner lots that took me 2.5 hours just to establish the edge.
  4. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    OMG! With a Tanaka wb edger..a 240 ft clean edge would take 10-12 minutes to edge and blow off. A new edge woud be hard to say, but not more than 35 minutes including a big green barrel to pick up the extra.
  5. Columbia Care

    Columbia Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 158

    I use my string trimmer for all edging. For 240 feet which was regularly maintained, it would take me around 20 minutes from the time I arrived, unloaded, edged, blow everything off, reload and leave the job. If the property had not been edged, I would suspect it would talk around a hour plus (depending on how overgrown the property was). Hope that helps.
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Oh, what ever. It always can be done quicker and easier by someone else.

    1/2 hr is ballpark. It can go up or down from there.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i add the edging cost in when i estimate the lawn and i just use my trimmer to do it
  8. FYS777

    FYS777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,305

    i like this, i agree,
    lets see if i'm 20 years old i could run 10 to 12 minutes, almost a football field length,
    if i'm 30 years old 12 to 15 minutes,
    if i'm 40 years old 16 to 20 minutes
    if im 50 years old 21 to 30 minutes,

    i'm the later one so 30 minutes for me,:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
  9. Jpeg lawn maintenance

    Jpeg lawn maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,638

    do you like your tanaka edger was looking into gettting one.
  10. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    This will make your life easier for years to come.

    The Edge-R-Rite by Turfco has been around for decades. It has 5 blades for 5 kinds of edging or edging installation. It cuts back and forth like a sod cutter. I can do a totally overgrow sidewalk say grass an inch thick overgrown in minutes. Actually at 70 feet per minute then just pick up the debris with a snow shovel and blow off the dust. If you want to cut a V trench edge just put on that blade. If you want to put a 45 degree angle around beds put on that blade. All steel construction I know guys who have had them for over 20 years and three engines. Although the Hondas do last longer now than the B & S used to. Check it out at

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