Tips for edging your lawn without using gas powered machinery. Post your own here.
You could use an Electric Weed Eater to do your trim work. Use a 50' to 100' Outdoor Power Cord. Or get a neighborhood boy that needs some spending money.
They make, or used to make a manual device that looked like a lawnmower wheel edged up to a saw blade (actually, more like a seamstresses perforator) on a stick. You'd roll the wheel along the edge and the overhanging blade would cut the "edge" you wanted. It takes a fair amount of elbow-grease and muscle power to use, but they do exist.
I'm not sure if you could make your own or not but if you give it a try. The blade part of it went about an inch or so past the edge of the wheel.
Best of luck!
You might consider just pulling up/digging, a foot or two at a time, a 12-14" wide swath of sod, planting small evergreens, such as dwarf boxwood, that will naturally shade the edge, requiring almost no care. You can create your own mulch from brown paper grocery sacks, cardboard, or old newspapers covered with soil around each plant, adjoining the patio edge.
If your budget is as tight as mine, I'd consider finding some individual plant sale which has 4-6" young cheap evergreen plants for cheap ($.50-$1.00 each or less. Plant them about 2 feet apart and hand trim them only once a year with scissors, if you prefer, saving the trimmings for mulching neatly under them to retain moisture. It will take a year or two to get them going well, but worth the wait if you plant towards the outer edge of the bed to allow for growth. They provide their own root shade. Many folks like Dark green Lirope (reg. or dwarf "Monkey"grass) because it is so easy to grow and outlines well. However, it can be and is usually invasive requiring thinning after a year or two, depending upon the size of the plant. Our local newspaper offers freebies for the pickup. Yours may offer this, too.
I am striving to have a more maintenance free yard. Any sort of mechanical equipment seems more than I can handle at my age now, and I certainly cannot afford lawn care or to pay anyone for regular help. God bless and help you.
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