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trimming around pools

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wiselawns, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. wiselawns

    wiselawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    I've been lucky enough to use my trimmer as an edger on all my accounts so far. This season, picked up my first account with a pool in back. Edge of grass is approx. 2-3 ft. from the pool. Any tips on edging next to a pool without lots of clippings going into the water? I like my edges to look nice and crisp. It's hard to get that look without sodding the pool.


  2. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,098

    You could try what I seen some guys do. One was edgeing with trimmer while the other one had a leaf blower keeping the grass blown back from the pool. It seemed to be working for them but I did not get close enough to see how good it worked.
  3. wiselawns

    wiselawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    Thanks for the reply fixer, but i am solo
  4. SouthernFried

    SouthernFried LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    Do you mean you have an edger attachment on your trimmer that you use to edge?

    If so, I would just edge it with the string trimmer. You can put a pretty good edge on (I haven't used an edger in 18 yrs), with it, and much less, if any, dirt will fly up. If you use the string trimmer, you can control much better the direction the grass clipping will fly.

    Other than that, if people have grass so close to the pool, they should expect some grass clippings in it, no matter how good you are. And most of my customers have good enough filtration systems, or polaris's to handle the few clippings that do get in it.

    Do your best, but, if there are gonna be clippings going in pool, tell the customer there's not much you can do about it if they want the grass there trimmed nice. Most already know it's gonna be a problem, cuz they've already dealt with it. I've even had 1 customer pay me an extra $15 to do some skimming after I was done. I wouldn't use a dedicated edger tho. Grass clippings is one thing...dirt another.
  5. Lawnmedics

    Lawnmedics LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    Thanks fixer67 that is a good idea and one that is so straight forward. I do four homes with pools and have been upset by the stuff I have thrown in the pool. Should have thought of something like that before.
  6. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    Trimmer will actually put more clippings in the pool than an edger. Tough situation if you are solo. Try running an edger at low RPM's. I rarely have my guys help me with my own yard and edge around my pool by myself. Edger at lower rpm's works pretty well.
  7. wiselawns

    wiselawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    No Southern, I don't use an attachment, just the string. It's just a personal thing. I like the edges to look finished. These people are friends of mine. I guess I'm just looking for a way to do it better. You are right, some still gets in there no matter what. I do skim it for them if I go overboard.
  8. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    I have the same situation at one of my accounts. I'll turn the trimmer the other way, and angle it slightly so the debris flys away from the pool. Doesn't give as nice a finish, but my customer is picky about grass in the pool, so I compromise the egde a bit to keep them happy. Of course if the wind is blowing the wrong direction, you're screwed anyway.
  9. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,686

    You got off light I got one where the grass is 12-15 inches from the pool and the edge has crab grass that grows over every single week and god forbid you get anything in that pool.
  10. wiselawns

    wiselawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    I hear ya Kelly. I have nil experience with mowing around pools. If the wind is blowing just right, everthing ends up in the pool. What a b**tch.

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