Using trimmer to edge?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AMW Landscaping, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. Imperfect Professional

    Imperfect Professional LawnSite Member
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    Using a string trimmer just invites a lousy appearance if you have an inexperienced worker and even the old hands can mess-up or get lazy. Ragged edges invite crabgrass, dallisgrass, etc and breakdown your pre-emergent barrier. Grounds maintenance is a profession for some folks and sloppy work yields minimum wage results. Whatever happened to a work ethic and doing your best? Oh yeah, it got contracted-out with poor specs to the low bidder...
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,220

    Want to know something funny?

    I have a Brickman contract sitting here. It specifically says they will NOT allow string trimmer to be used when edging. As well as there should be a one inch trench
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  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,977

    You are correct it takes a professional to make a nice edge with a trimmer. I say bull to trimmer affecting pre-m more than an edger that throws up a big bunch of dirt. We got 37 years and 10s of thousands of yard done with trimmers only and NO COMPLAINTS?
  4. orlawncaresvc

    orlawncaresvc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 962

    If you're really good at it, you can use the string trimmer and make it look as good as a stick edger or walk behind edger. Also amazes me how a lot of you on here don't edge weekly. Here edging is a major necessity
  5. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    I edge everything when ever i mow. Some i do every other week but for the most part it is every week. Not sure how you can do it like once a month
  6. Mikeyd

    Mikeyd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    Get an "Edgeit". You won't be sorry.

  7. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
    Messages: 1,660

    I am with you.
  8. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,377

    Actually faster for me to edge vertically and walk backwards....with a string trimmer. Looks better and my clients rave about my edging. First edge of the season or a new account I typically use my Echo PAS 280 with the edge attachment and/or my Tanaka TLE 600 WB and/or my McClane. Then I go back and edge vertically with a string trimmer to clean out the groove. I prefer Echo Crossfire 0.105" for this duty.

    I would not hire anybody unless they could do the same. This limits the hiring pool dramatically. More aps...less mowing is the future. :)

    Sadly most grass cutters here don't even run edgers of any kind. Typical burned up scalped edge with a touch of moss clinging to a sliver of turf.
  9. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,105

    Its trimming the edge though so it works out in the end.:laugh: We use stick edgers for along sidewalks, but for flower beds and what not we use string trimmers flipped
  10. Scott's Lawn Maintenance

    Scott's Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    I use whatever works best for the property , one of my lawn's is about 4 inches higher then the sidewalk and just looks better when edged with the trimmer . On long stretches I prefer using a edger simply because of feeling uncomfortable . ( physically )
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    Last edited: Apr 17, 2014

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